Udo Schnieders

Strategy Consultant, Graduate Theologian, Fundraiser, Personnel and Organizational Developer

Beruflicher Werdegang

After studying Catholic theology, he first worked as a pastor in the (arch)dioceses of Cologne and Hildesheim. From 2002, he was in charge of implementing fundraising in the Catholic Church for 16 years. In the process, he held various managerial positions. He was first head of the fundraising office in the diocese of Hildesheim, then head of the department of foundation communication and funding activities of the foundation administration of the archdiocese of Freiburg and head of the staff unit or fundraising department in the archdiocesan ordinariate of Freiburg.

Since June 2018, he has been working as a strategy consultant and Head of Business Development at SCHOMERUS Consulting GmbH in Hamburg.


Udo Schnieders is your contact for all topics concerning (church) fundraising, the strategic (further) development of non-profit organizations.

Against the background of his experience, he is predestined for the conception, implementation and monitoring of capital campaigns.

In doing so, he profitably contributes his many years of experience with complex organizational structures, in change management and in establishing institutional readiness for fundraisings and member communications for clients. His profound knowledge in operational fundraising in combination with his experience as a coach, consultant and organizational developer form the basis for his high competence as a strategic thinker and consultant.


  • Capital campaign and major gift fundraising

  • Member communications

  • Organizational development

  • Human resources development

  • Interim management

  • Executive and management coaching

  • Feedback management

  • Controlling & Reporting


  • German Fundraising Association

  • Rotary Germany

  • Society for Christian-Jewish Cooperation

  • Society for Person-Centered Psychotherapy and Counseling e.V.


  • Member Orientation - Stress Test for a Missionary Church., in: Church - Yes Please! Innovative Models and Strategic Perspectives of Successful Member Orientation, 2019, 183 - 195.

  • How fundraising as church communication can benefit from milieu knowledge. in: Sellmann Matthias & Wolanski Caroline, Milieusensible Pastoral. Praxiserfahrungen aus kirchlichen Organisationen, Würzburg 2013, 123-144.

  • Fundraising in German Dioceses: More than church fundraising, in: Herder Korrespondenz, Freiburg 2008 (4), 187-192.

  • Fundraising in Practice: 23 Success Stories from Church, Caritas and Religious Orders., in: Verlag Haus Altenberg, 2008.

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