I have been privileged to partner with nonprofits who are facing their biggest challenge yet. What I would say to potential partners is this… Change is exciting, but difficult. You shouldn’t have to do it alone. That’s where CCS comes in. We are your partner, as well as enthusiastic problem solvers and implementation experts.

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Nicole has been with CCS Fundraising for over a decade. As Senior Vice President, Nicole is responsible for multiple partnerships in the Northwest, West, and Southwest regions. With a background in community organizing and master’s degree in nonprofit evaluation, she brings an impact-oriented mindset and an equity lens to all partnerships.

Nicole is rigorous and optimistic in her approach to fundraising and capacity building. During her tenure at CCS, she has overseen campaign feasibility studies, managed campaigns with goals between $5M-$150M, delivered staffing assessments and Board & volunteer trainings, developed major gifts programs from scratch, and coached executive leaders through significant challenges and opportunities.

Nicole has a Master of Public Administration from New York University – Wagner School of Public Service and a Bachelor of Sciences from the University of Minnesota – Twin Cities. She is a leader of CCS’ DEI initiatives and resides in Portland, OR with her husband and pup, Nola.

Select Client partners

  • Second Harvest of Silicon Valley
  • San Francisco-Marin Food Bank
  • Portland Art Museum
  • Paul G. Allen Foundation
  • March of Dimes Foundation
  • Diocese of Santa Rosa


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Featured Projects

Portland Art Museum

Portland Art Museum

Western U.S.

The Portland Art Museum engaged CCS to provide a mid-campaign assessment, campaign management support, and additional capacity-building support. As a result, the $141M Connection Campaign has become the largest and most successful campaign in the Museum’s 129-year history.

Featured Insights


Maximizing the Value of a Campaign’s Quiet Phase

January 23, 2020

The quiet phase of a campaign is a vital stage when the majority of fundraising will happen. When deployed effectively, they can create a sense of belonging, build confidence in your project, and promote deep understanding of why your project is worthy of support.


The CCS Philanthropy Pulse: What Does the Data Say and What Does it Mean for Arts and Culture Organizations?

Spring 2022

How are arts and culture institutions approaching fundraising this year? And how does it differ from years past? View this webinar recording to discover key findings from a recent survey of 100 arts and culture organizations.