Since 2007, CCS has served as a trusted partner and advisor to Feeding America nationally and to its 200 network members.

Based in: Chicago, IL, Central U.S., United States

Sector: Human Services

Key Elements

  • Customized fundraising capacity-building services
  • Broadly accessible training and orientation
  • Capital campaign planning and management
  • Ongoing access to advice, support data, and materials


The Challenge

Through its 200-member network of food banks and food rescue organizations, and more than 60,000 food pantries and meal programs, Feeding America is positioned to ensure access to enough nutritious food for people struggling with hunger and make meaningful progress toward ending hunger by 2025. Philanthropy will continue to play a critical role in closing the meal gap. Feeding America and CCS have worked together for nearly a decade to raise needed funds and provide fundraising capacity building to member food banks.

The Solution

CCS joined forces with Feeding America in 2007 by designing and managing its Campaign Resource Center, with the purpose of supporting the entire 200 food bank network with valuable tools and best practices in the fight to end hunger. Since then, CCS has conducted dozens of capital campaigns, feasibility studies, and development assessments for network members and has worked side-by-side with food bank leaders and volunteers in their communities. CCS has also managed Network Fundraising Services, a department within Feeding America designed and created by CCS to increase local food bank fundraising capacity.

The Impact

In a three-year period, Feeding America experienced 21-percent growth in total annual philanthropy and a corresponding dramatic increase in food distribution. Feeding America network members continue to have access to impactful, transformative strategies and best practices, and ongoing support in taking their own fundraising programs to the next level in the fight to end hunger.

More Case Studies

Ronald McDonald House Orange County

Western U.S.

RMHOC’s Together campaign will expand and improve the House for guests, staff, and volunteers. With CCS’s help, the campaign has raised more than $14M to date.

Catholic Charities of Buffalo

Northeast U.S.

CCS Fundraising helped Catholic Charities of Buffalo reinvigorate their 2022 Appeal and inspire increased donor involvement by launching a Major Gifts Program. As a result, they met their goal for the first time since 2018, grew targeted major gifts, and built fundraising resiliency.

Ronald McDonald House Inland Empire

Western U.S.

Located in California, The House needed to expand its capacity to meet an ever-increasing demand for services, which involved providing housing for families with critically-ill children. CCS partnered with the House to help raise $12M to more than double capacity.

MusiCares Foundation

Western U.S.

MusiCares Foundation partnered with CCS to launch the organization’s first-ever campaign to raise $10M for an endowment to better support the organization’s existing services.

Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Washington (CCDC)

Mid-Atlantic and Southeast U.S.

CCS has partnered with Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Washington (CCDC) several times over the last decade and helped the organization secure over $175M in two campaigns for essential Agency priorities.

Community Servings

Northeast U.S.

Community Servings engaged CCS Fundraising to conduct pre-campaign design and strategy work and assist with early campaign implementation. CCS is thrilled to have helped Community Servings achieve and succeed its $12M challenge goal.