New York, NY (May 23, 2022) CCS Fundraising announced today that it has received an investment from Abry Partners to accelerate the company’s rapid growth. Terms of the investment were not disclosed.

Headquartered in New York, with offices around the globe, CCS Fundraising is the world’s leading fundraising consulting firm. For 75 years, CCS Fundraising has empowered nonprofit organizations across all sectors in their efforts to advance critical causes. As a firm of experts in fundraising campaigns and philanthropic strategy, CCS plans and implements initiatives that help nonprofit organizations strengthen their impact locally, nationally, and globally.

“This partnership will allow CCS to enhance all aspects of our business – from growing the impact we have on every client to strengthening the professional home we build for our employees,” said Jon Kane, CEO of CCS Fundraising. “This investment means we can think expansively about our work and how we best serve clients, including investing more aggressively in technology and data analytics, pursuing new markets, and building stronger talent management and professional services capabilities. We are incredibly proud of the depth and breadth of the work that CCS has accomplished over the last 75 years. This investment is a testament to the caliber of that work and will help us to build on that track record in the years and decades to come.”

“At CCS, our clients are central to our mission and ethos. We exist to ensure they are able to continue advancing their work – whether that’s enhancing higher education, ensuring excellent healthcare, preserving arts and cultural institutions, strengthening faith-based organizations, or beyond,” said Rick Happy, Chairman of CCS Fundraising. “This investment gives us additional tools and resources to continue to provide our clients with exceptional services and bolsters our ability to continue hiring best-in-class professionals committed to delivering transformational change for nonprofits.”

“We are excited to partner with the market leader in the not-for-profit fundraising services sector,” said Tyler Wick, Partner at Abry Partners. “The Company’s established client base of leading global nonprofits, universities and health systems is a testament to the skill with which CCS delivers its mission-critical services. We look forward to working closely with management to help build value in this next leg of the journey.”

William Blair & Company served as financial advisor and Shearman & Sterling LLP served as legal advisor to CCS Fundraising. BrightTower served as financial advisor and Kirkland & Ellis LLP served as legal advisor to Abry Partners.


About CCS Fundraising 

CCS Fundraising is a strategic consulting firm that has partnered with nonprofits for transformational change for 75 years. CCS Fundraising provides a wide range of services that support and strengthen nonprofit fundraising programs, including campaign management, strategic planning, data analytics, and major gift strategy. The firm’s experts, skilled in campaign and development strategy, work closely with organizations of all sizes across nonprofit sectors and geographies. For more information on CCS Fundraising, please visit www.ccsfundraising.com.

About Abry Partners 

Abry is one of the most experienced and successful sector-focused private equity investment firms in North America. Since its founding in 1989, the firm has completed over $90 billion of leveraged transactions and other private equity or preferred equity placements. Currently, the firm manages over $5 billion of capital across its active funds. For more information on Abry, please visit www.abry.com.

New York, NY (May 22, 2022) – Today, CCS Fundraising, the world’s leading fundraising consulting firm, announced a series of transitions within its Executive Leadership Team.

The firm announced the retirement of outgoing Chairman Bob Kissane who has been crucial to the success of innumerable philanthropic and development projects for over 40 years. Bob will continue to support CCS and its clients in an advisory capacity for the foreseeable future.

Rick Happy will become Chairman of CCS Fundraising. Rick has been with the firm for over three decades and has established himself as a philanthropic leader in the U.S. and abroad. Rick will continue to lead the firm’s work throughout the Western United States.

“I want to thank Bob for his incredible service to the firm for over 40 years, and his pivotal role in its strategic evolution over that period. I wish him a happy and well-deserved retirement,” said Rick Happy, incoming CCS Chairman. “These last three decades, it has been an honor to serve our incredible clients and I’m looking forward to continuing that work as well as the exciting challenges ahead in my added capacity as Chairman.

Jon Kane, who has served as President of CCS since 2016, will become President & CEO. Jon Kane brings over 25 years of expertise in business, management, and strategic consulting, and deep pride in CCS’ work and commitment to its clients to his new role.

Tom Kissane and Robert (“Bo”) Rice, Principal & Managing Directors with over 30 years each with CCS, and leaders in the sector, are taking on the additional title of Vice-Chairmen.

The firm also announced the elevation of Sarah Krasin and Edward Van Saders to the role of Partner. Sarah leads the firm’s Boston office and has been instrumental in growing CCS’ presence and client partnerships across the New England region. Edward Van Saders is the firm’s Chief Financial Officer and has over 30 years of leadership experience. Sarah and Edward join a partnership comprised of 25 leaders in the philanthropic sector.

“I’m delighted to welcome Sarah Krasin and Edward Van Saders to our esteemed group of CCS partners, and to be expanding our leadership team overall,” said Jon Kane, CEO & President. “Both Sarah and Edward have been instrumental in the firm’s development, and their expertise and immense knowledge of the nonprofit sector will continue to be incredible assets as we look toward the firm’s growth in the future.”


About CCS Fundraising

CCS Fundraising is a strategic consulting firm that has partnered with nonprofits for transformational change for 75 years. CCS Fundraising provides a wide range of services that support and strengthen nonprofit fundraising programs, including campaign management, strategic planning, data analytics, and major gift strategy. The firm’s experts, skilled in campaign and development strategy, work closely with organizations of all sizes across nonprofit sectors and geographies.

Our latest infographic provides a review of CCS’s recent activities by the numbers.

If you have any questions about this publication or about CCS in general, please contact info@ccsfundraising.com.

More Insights

Article

One Year Later, CCS’s Re-affirmed Commitment to DEI & Racial Justice

One year ago, CCS purposefully affirmed our commitment to racial justice and our efforts to foster a more inclusive and equitable world. Today, we remain dedicated and steadfast in pushing this commitment forward.

June 4, 2021
Video

Everyday Donors of Color: Uncovering the Latest Research

CCS is proud to partner with the IU Lilly Family School of Philanthropy on the release of the Everyday Donors of Color report, funded by the Gates Foundation.

August 27, 2021
CCS Philanthropy Pulse 2022 Report Cover

In an ever-evolving philanthropic landscape, CCS is committed to understanding how nonprofits approach development today and how organizations can find fundraising success in the current environment.

It is CCS’s hope that this report provides nonprofit leaders and fundraisers with helpful data to navigate the year ahead.

SECTOR SPOTLIGHT REPORTS

EXPLORE MORE CCS RESEARCH REPORTS

Publication

Philanthropic Landscape Report, 11th Edition

Featuring essential philanthropic research from all major sources in the industry, this exclusive report will examine key themes in American philanthropy and the latest data on giving by U.S. individuals, foundations, and corporations.

July 20, 2021
Publication

Philanthropic Climate Survey Report, 4th Edition

CCS’s fourth-edition Philanthropic Climate Survey report provides a snapshot of how more than 1,000 respondents from across the nonprofit community are persevering amid challenges, evolving their fundraising tactics, and planning for 2021 and beyond.

January 14, 2021

How can we help you?

Our unique, customized approach can provide your organization with of-the-moment, sustainable solutions.

Preview of Healthcare Landscape layout

If you have any questions about this publication or about CCS in general, please contact marketing@ccsfundraising.com.

More Insights

Video

Perspectives on Philanthropy: Giving USA 2022 Release Webinar

CCS Fundraising is proud to partner with the Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy on this webinar marking the June 21 release of Giving USA 2022: The Annual Report on Philanthropy.

June 21, 2022
Video

The CCS Philanthropy Pulse: What Does the Data Say and What Does it Mean for Healthcare Institutions?

How are healthcare institutions approaching fundraising this year? And how does it differ from years past? View this webinar recording to discover key findings from a recent survey of nearly 100 healthcare organizations.

Spring 2022
SEE ALL IN: Health

If you have any questions about this publication or about CCS in general, please contact marketing@ccsfundraising.com.

More Insights

Video

Perspectives on Philanthropy: Giving USA 2022 Release Webinar

CCS Fundraising is proud to partner with the Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy on this webinar marking the June 21 release of Giving USA 2022: The Annual Report on Philanthropy.

June 21, 2022
Article

Considerations for Next Year’s Annual Fund

Summer break presents an important opportunity for schools to learn what strategies to put in place at the conclusion of an annual fund to build on donor momentum for the year ahead.

April 6, 2022

If you have any questions about this publication or about CCS in general, please contact marketing@ccsfundraising.com.

More Insights

Video

Perspectives on Philanthropy: Giving USA 2022 Release Webinar

CCS Fundraising is proud to partner with the Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy on this webinar marking the June 21 release of Giving USA 2022: The Annual Report on Philanthropy.

June 21, 2022
Video

The CCS Philanthropy Pulse: What Does the Data Say and What Does it Mean for Healthcare Institutions?

How are healthcare institutions approaching fundraising this year? And how does it differ from years past? View this webinar recording to discover key findings from a recent survey of nearly 100 healthcare organizations.

Spring 2022
SEE ALL IN: Health

A graphic of the cover image of the 2022 Philanthropic Landscape.

Snapshot of Today’s Philanthropic Landscape, 11th Edition (2022)

In June 2022, Giving USA released their estimates that US charitable giving increased by 2.8% in inflation-adjusted dollars from 2020 to 2021, reaching $484.85 billion.

For the past eleven years, CCS’s Snapshot of Today’s Philanthropic Landscape has compiled and analyzed industry research to provide a snapshot of the state of philanthropy today. Read last year’s report.

The 2022 Philanthropic Landscape report will help answer questions like…

  • How much do Americans donate to charity each year?
  • What motivates donors to give to a nonprofit?
  • Who are the best prospects for planned gifts?
  • What factors do corporations consider when making community investments?
  • How is foundation granting changing?
  • How are nonprofits integrating DEI into their fundraising programs?
  • How are nonprofits using cryptophilanthropy?

In this eleventh-edition report, we will analyze which changes from the initial period of disruption seem likely to endure based on the available research and what emerging trends nonprofit leaders and fundraisers should keep an eye on. We will also offer a greater emphasis on gift planning, high net worth giving, and new digital fundraising trends as we see these themes becoming more prominent in the philanthropic ecosystem.

Tom Kissane, Principal & Managing Director and Aashika Patel, Senior Vice President – Philanthropic Landscape Co-Editors
A graphic of both an open 2022 Philanthropic Landscape and a closed (showing the cover) 2022 Philanthropic Landscape.

PHILANTHROPIC LANDSCAPE ARCHIVE

See all our Philanthropic Landscape reports throughout the years.

How can we help you?

CCS offers an array of services to help nonprofits grow their fundraising.

Screenshot of Episcopal Giving Landscape publication

If you have any questions about this publication or about CCS in general, please contact marketing@ccsfundraising.com.

More Insights

Video

Perspectives on Philanthropy: Giving USA 2022 Release Webinar

CCS Fundraising is proud to partner with the Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy on this webinar marking the June 21 release of Giving USA 2022: The Annual Report on Philanthropy.

June 21, 2022
Video

The CCS Philanthropy Pulse: What Does the Data Say and What Does it Mean for Healthcare Institutions?

How are healthcare institutions approaching fundraising this year? And how does it differ from years past? View this webinar recording to discover key findings from a recent survey of nearly 100 healthcare organizations.

Spring 2022
SEE ALL IN: Health