What gives me motivation is when clients take over their campaign advocating for everyone to succeed in surpassing their goal. When volunteers start giving newer volunteers advice in their own voice that came from me, makes me proud as a teacher and collaborator.

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For more than twenty-seven years, Andrea has partnered with non-profit organizations to raise funds throughout the Midwest and beyond. Prior to joining CCS in 2006, Andrea worked in the fundraising sector in Grand Rapids, Michigan. As a member of the CCS team, she has worked with clients in the religious, secondary education, human service, health care, and cultural sectors. She excels in major gift strategy implementation, campaign management, board orientation, volunteer training, and grant writing. Andrea brings invaluable industry expertise and insight to her clients through coaching, collaboration, analysis, and mentorship of staff.

Andrea is motivated by collaborating with committed people on their organization’s fundraising goals. She likes to teach and empower volunteers to make gift requests on behalf of organizations they are passionate about. She is continually re-energized by joining forces with passionate people to exceed campaign goals.

Select client partners

  • Frassati Catholic High School, The Woodlands, Texas
  • Lutheran Social Services of Michigan (LSSM), Detroit
  • Episcopal Cathedral of Saint James, South Bend, Indiana
  • Guest House, Lake Orion, Michigan
  • Sacred Heart Major Seminary, Detroit, Michigan
  • Christ Church Cranbrook, Bloomfield Hills, Michigan
  • Summa (Hospital) Foundation, Akron, Ohio
  • Lafayette Catholic School System, Lafayette, Indiana
  • St. Ignatius Catholic Parish, Mobile, Alabama
  • St. Christopher Catholic Parish, Speedway, Indiana


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Christ Church Cranbrook

Christ Church Cranbrook

Central US

CCS Fundraising helped Christ Church Cranbrook raise more than $10.9M on a $8M goal to fund several capital projects. The resulting construction has allowed them to better fulfill their mission of meeting Jesus, finding Joy, sharing Beauty, and serving Others.