My mission is to educate and empower nonprofit leaders with the knowledge and tools to elevate philanthropy and drive social change.

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Elizabeth is a thought leader in philanthropy and expert in fundraising. She has led capital campaigns and development initiatives that have collectively raised half a billion dollars for education, healthcare, arts and culture, and advocacy organizations.

Since joining CCS in 2013, Elizabeth has partnered with institutions to plan and implement large-scale fundraising campaigns with revenue goals ranging from $5 million to over $1 billion. In this role, she provides counsel on strategic planning, major gifts fundraising, and board engagement. She has directed campaign planning studies, served in interim development roles, and managed annual campaigns and special fundraising events.

Elizabeth has been recognized by BELLA Magazine as a “Woman of Influence in Philanthropy.” She is an instructor at the University of Pennsylvania, where she teaches “Fundraising & Philanthropy: The Donor Journey” to graduate students in the Nonprofit Leadership Program. Elizabeth serves on the Board of the Nonprofit Leadership Program Alumni Association, and in 2020, she was inducted into the School of Social Policy and Practice Alumni Hall of Fame for her work with mission-driven organizations. She also serves on the AFP-NYC Mentorship Committee. Beyond the classroom, you can find Elizabeth offering her fundraising expertise at industry conferences, on nonprofit podcasts, and on social media platforms including LinkedIn and Instagram.

Elizabeth holds a Masters in Nonprofit Leadership from the University of Pennsylvania and a Bachelor of Arts from Tufts University. She lives in New York City with her husband and daughter and is an avid hiker, traveler, and tea drinker.

Elizabeth’s Commitment to Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, and Access:

Elizabeth’s belief in social justice influenced her fundraising career: In rural Rwanda, she volunteered at a youth village for vulnerable Rwandan youth that was founded in the aftermath of the 1994 genocide. In Jaipur, India, she lived and studied the generational empowerment of Indian women, working with mothers seeking to build lives of dignity and prosperity for themselves and their families. These global experiences—grounded in the values of inclusion, diversity, equity, and access—motivated Elizabeth to improve the world through philanthropy. She incorporates these values and intentional practices daily, as she leads projects and teams at CCS and as she raises a global citizen of her own.

Select client Partners

  • ADL (Anti-Defamation League)
  • Baptist Health South Florida
  • Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh
  • The Chapin School
  • The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia
  • Columbia University School of Nursing
  • E.O. Wilson Biodiversity Foundation
  • Friends Academy
  • The Hewitt School
  • The Museum of Jewish Heritage: A Living Memorial to the Holocaust
  • The Newark Public Library
  • NYU Stern School of Business
  • The Parkinson’s Foundation
  • The Police Athletic League
  • The Ramaz School
  • The Spence School
  • The Speyer Legacy School
  • Sutton Place Synagogue
  • Versiti Blood Research Institute

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CCS has partnered with ADL to raise more than $75 million to date for their historic $100 million campaign to revolutionize ADL’s response to antisemitism, domestic extremism, and cyberhate.

Featured Insights

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Click Here to Donate: The Power of Online Giving

Blackbaud’s new Charitable Giving Report revealed a 21% increase in online giving from 2019 to 2020. Learn more about the growth of digital giving and how you can encourage online gifts to your organization.

March 17, 2021
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Reimagining Fundraising in a COVID-19 Landscape: Lessons for Success in the Future

CCS Corporate Vice President Elizabeth Abel offers perspectives on how the philanthropic landscape changed in 2020 and how nonprofit leaders can set themselves and their teams up for fundraising success in the coming years.

January 14, 2021
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The Future is #DAF: Donor-Advised Fund Growth and How Nonprofits Can Benefit

As we look to the future of philanthropy, donor-advised funds (DAFs) will be an integral part of the conversation. Learn more about the findings from National Philanthropic Trust’s new DAF study and how nonprofit organizations can attract more gifts from this vehicle.

February 11, 2021