Elizabeth is a thought leader in philanthropy and expert in fundraising. She has led capital campaigns and development initiatives that have collectively raised nearly one 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 feasibility studies, served in interim development roles, and managed annual campaigns and special fundraising events.
Elizabeth is an Instructor at the University of Pennsylvania, where she teaches “Fundraising & Philanthropy: The Donor Journey” to graduate students in the Nonprofit Leadership Program. She 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.
In 2022, Elizabeth was recognized by BELLA Magazine as a “Woman of Influence in Philanthropy.” She is a board member at the Association of Fundraising Professionals NYC Chapter, where she also serves on the Mentorship Committee, and is a regular contributor to NonProfit PRO. 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.
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
- New York Youth Symphony
- 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
- Professional Instagram: ElizabethBerniAbel
- Amplifying Philanthropy for 2023: Five Strategies to Inspire Giving in a New Year, NonProfitPRO (Article)
- Are You Ready for a Capital Campaign? 5 Questions to Consider as You Plan for the Future, NonProfitPRO (Article)
- You Made “The Ask” – Now What? Nonprofit Nation (Podcast)
- Giving USA 2022: Breaking Down the Philanthropy Trends We Are For Good (Podcast)
- An Interview with Elizabeth Abel Senior VP of CCS Fundraising Positive Impact Philanthropy (Podcast)
- Building a Career in Nonprofit Leadership Your Path to Nonprofit Leadership (Podcast)
- Fundraising Fundamentals in A New Fiscal Year The Development Debrief (Podcast)
- What’s Your People’s Strategic Plan? Why Nonprofit Leaders Should Invest in Talent and Culture, NonProfitPRO (Article)