I am inspired by our nonprofit partners, who continue to change the world through perseverance and passion for communities in need of food, medical care, housing, or inspiration. Supporting nonprofit leaders that set big, audacious goals is my passion.

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Nicole believes nonprofits deserve the same level of resources and service afforded to private-sector companies. With a professional background in community organizing, fundraising, nonprofit evaluation, and organizational capacity building, Nicole has always strived to ensure that nonprofit leaders have the resources they need to make transformative, equity-oriented social change possible.

During her career, Nicole has worked within many sectors including government, advocacy, health, human services, and arts and culture, and across several major markets, including New York, San Francisco, Chicago, and Portland. As a Vice President with CCS Fundraising, Nicole has spent the last decade specializing in transformative fundraising initiatives. She partners with clients on strategic planning and staffing assessments, volunteer development and training, major gifts program development, and the implementation of capital, programmatic, and endowment campaigns. Nicole serves as a leader of the firm’s diversity, equity, and inclusion initiatives.

Nicole has a Master of Public Administration with a focus on nonprofit management and policy from New York University – Wagner School of Public Service, and a Bachelor of Sciences from the University of Minnesota – Twin Cities.

Select Client partners

  • Portland Art Museum, Portland, OR
  • March of Dimes Foundation, White Plains, NY
  • SF-Marin Food Bank, San Francisco, CA


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Featured Projects

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 $100 million 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

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.

January 23, 2020

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

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.

Spring 2022