There is nothing more rewarding than partnering with organizations to advance their missions and heighten their impact in the communities they serve.

Chris Polito brings 16 years’ experience in designing, implementing, and managing key philanthropic initiatives for nonprofit organizations in the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic regions and Canada.

Since joining CCS in 2006, Chris has partnered on more than 50 strategic resource development initiatives and capital campaigns that have raised collectively over $500 million. Chris is an expert in feasibility and planning studies and development assessments and annual appeals. He has implemented leadership and major gifts fundraising for numerous clients in faith-based, healthcare, human and social services, and primary and secondary education sectors.

From July 2013 to January 2016, Chris, his wife and daughter, moved to Toronto where he served as Executive Director of the Archdiocese of Toronto’s $105 million Family of Faith Campaign, which ultimately raised more than $170 million CAD, becoming the most successful faith-based fundraising initiative in Canadian history.

Chris served as the President of the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) Southern New Jersey Chapter from 2019-2021 and was recognized as a top 40 Under 40 Leader by the Philadelphia Business Journal in 2020. He has been invited to speak at national and international industry conferences hosted by Association of Delaware Valley Independent Schools (ADVIS), AFP Eastern Pennsylvania, Greater Philadelphia, Greater Toronto and Southern New Jersey Chapters, New Jersey Association of Independent Schools (NJAIS), and the Planned Giving Council of Greater Philadelphia.

Currently residing in Mount Laurel, NJ with his wife and daughter, Chris grew up in Colts Neck, New Jersey, went to Red Bank Catholic High School, and received a Bachelor of Arts degree from The Catholic University of America in Washington D.C.

select client partners

  • Archdiocese of Toronto, Archdiocese of Philadelphia, Archdiocese of Newark
  • Elwyn (Media, PA)
  • Kean University (Union, NJ)
  • Make-A-Wish Philadelphia, Delaware & Susquehanna Valley
  • Roman Catholic High School (Philadelphia, PA)
  • Saints Peter and Paul Parish and School (Easton, MD)
  • The Gunston School (Centreville, MD)
  • The Shipley School (Bryn Mawr, PA)
  • United Way of Greater Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey (Philadelphia, PA)
  • West Catholic Preparatory High School (Philadelphia, PA)
  • World Trade Center Greater Philadelphia (Philadelphia, PA)

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Private: Ontario Philanthropic Landscape Report

2nd Edition, 2021

CCS Fundraising is delighted to introduce our new report for nonprofit leaders in the Ontario region.

Article

Build Your Digital Presence for 2021 and Beyond: 5 Tips for Nonprofits

February 17, 2021

Digital transformation catalyzed by the COVID-19 pandemic may be here to stay. Check out Julia Dignam and Chris Polito’s tips for making sure your nonprofit’s digital communication strategy is keeping pace.

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Thinking Strategically About Your School’s Annual Fund

January 26, 2022

The annual fund is the bedrock of all school fundraising. Independent schools can use these three tips to help their annual fund planning efforts every year.