The nonprofit sector contributes approximately 5.6% to the United States’ GDP, making nonprofit organizations an integral part of not only the social fabric of our communities, but also the broader economy. Supporting this sector is essential, and I’m fortunate to play a part in this work.

Erin has worked to advance the missions of nonprofit organizations for over five years. During this time, she has with organizations of all types, including a focus on religious, health, education, arts and culture, and human services causes. She specializes in fundraising, strategic planning, creative case messaging, donor communications, and volunteer management.

Erin is currently working with the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra launching a $100 million campaign to support their ten-year strategic plan focused on enhancing the orchestra’s diversity, equity, and inclusion and striving towards their vision of being the most relevant orchestra in America. Erin most recently completed management of a $5 million capital campaign with Christ Church Winnetka in Winnetka, Illinois, and helped the team exceed goal by 16%. Erin has managed several successful major gift efforts during the COVID-19 pandemic, navigating rapid change and uncertainty. Erin has conducted multiple other feasibility studies including Mount Zion Temple in Saint Paul, Minnesota testing the feasibility of a $6 million to $8 million endowment campaign and Christ Church Cranbrook in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan testing a $14.55 million capital effort. These two studies launched into the successful fundraising of over $15 million. Erin previously managed a $6 million debt reduction campaign for Congregation BJBE in Deerfield, Illinois and a $38.5 million capital campaign at St. Paul Academy and Summit School in St. Paul, Minnesota where Erin brought the team over the $33 million mark.

Before joining CCS, Erin provided leadership in grant-making, development, and strategic planning at the Jewish Heritage Fund for Excellence in Louisville, Kentucky. In this capacity, Erin supported a $150 million community investment strategy, partnering with various nonprofits to help them maximize the impact of charitable dollars. Erin also previously supported development at the United Way of Dane County, helping the team surpass a $19 million annual fundraising goal.

Erin’s commitment to service was instilled in her at a young age and followed her throughout her education. While at the University of Louisville, Erin was a member of the National Association of Women MBAs and Golden Key International Honour Society.  While at the University of Wisconsin – Madison, Erin founded the Worldwide Orphanage Relief Coalition chapter on campus which raised funds and strategically invested them into orphanages in Sierra Leone and Uganda to help make these organizations self-sufficient.

Erin holds a Master of Business Administration degree in Entrepreneurship from The University of Louisville and a Bachelor of Science in Community & Nonprofit Leadership and Entrepreneurship degree from The University of Wisconsin – Madison.

Originally from Milwaukee, Erin currently resides in Chicago where she loves all aspects of living in the Midwest – including the snow! Erin enjoys playing tennis, admiring Boston Terriers, traveling, cheering on all Wisconsin sports teams, and exploring the unique neighborhoods that Chicago has to offer.

select client partners

  • Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, Cincinnati, OH
  • St. Paul Academy and Summit School, St. Paul, MN
  • Christ Church Winnetka, Winnetka, IL
  • B’nai Jehoshua Beth Elohim, Deerfield, IL

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B’nai Jehoshua Beth Elohim (BJBE)

Central U.S.

CCS worked with BJBE for over two years on three projects: the development and implementation of a new membership model, a feasibility study, and a major gift effort focused on reducing the building mortgage.

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