The future of philanthropy will be shaped by authentic, meaningful relationship building and organizational capacity to support increasing donor connections. CCS is studying and solving the most pressing challenges in fund development, and I am grateful to call this my life’s work.

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In over 12 years with CCS, Aashika has supported clients with financial targets totaling over $1 billion. Guided by measurable, actionable plans, Aashika leverages fundraising strategy, data analytics, staffing assessments, pipeline development, and leadership engagement to grow fundraising capacity for nonprofits across every philanthropic sector.

Aashika’s approach to client support is anchored in consensus building at all levels. Aiming to architect fundraising solutions that address both a short-term, urgent need for funding as well as a long-term goal of financial sustainability, Aashika builds and organizes dynamic teams of fundraising professionals. People are the greatest resource at both CCS and within the nonprofit sector, investing in people is investing in progress.

Aashika cultivates great interest and expertise in case visioning, pre-campaign and planning studies, post-campaign assessments, Advancement audits, landscape analysis, major gift pipeline qualification, major and planned gift campaigns, endowment fundraising, as well as leadership recruitment and training.

A graduate of Syracuse University in both Philosophy and South Asian Studies, Aashika also earned a MS in Fundraising and Grantmaking from New York University (NYU). She lives in Los Angeles with her husband, Jesal, and serves on the board of the Cayton Children’s Museum.

select client partners

  • California Institute of Technology (Caltech), Pasadena, CA
  • University of California, San Diego (UC San Diego), San Diego, CA
  • University of San Diego, (USD), San Diego, CA
  • Cal Poly Humboldt, Arcata, CA
  • Holocaust Museum Los Angeles, Los Angeles, CA
  • Cayton Children’s Museum by ShareWell, Los Angeles, CA
  • Direct Relief, Santa Barbara, CA
  • TGR Foundation, Irvine, CA
  • San Diego Foundation, San Diego, CA
  • Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts, Beverly Hill, CA
  • Chandler School, Pasadena, CA
  • Flintridge Preparatory School, Pasadena, CA
  • Curtis School, Los Angeles, CA

Southern California

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Suite 1210
Irvine, CA 92618

(949) 954-5252


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