I love working with different clients, getting to know them as people, and learning more about what motivates them. Once I understand a client’s unique strengths, I can use them to carry the project forward.

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Tim Nurvala joined CCS in 2008 bringing with him 20 years of experience working with nonprofit organizations, governmental agencies, and international technology. He has worked in the education, healthcare, faith, environmental, and human services sectors. For Tim, there is a nothing more rewarding than seeing clients successfully achieve their goals and make a long-lasting impact.

Before joining CCS, Tim started and ran a philanthropic foundation, managed fundraising and media campaigns, coordinated special events, and cultivated donors. Prior to CCS, Tim was President of the NVTC Foundation – a nonprofit organization created to help provide disadvantaged children with access to computers and technology after school.

Tim worked in the U.S. Department of Education as a Special Assistant to Secretary Lamar Alexander focusing on the AMERICA 2000 effort encouraging communities to get more involved with their school systems. Tim also worked in the White House Office of Public Liaison during the President George H.W. Bush Administration assisting in the planning of White House briefings, signing ceremonies, and official visits by foreign leaders.

Tim has a B.A. and M.A. from the University of Florida and a M.A., Ph.D. (ABD) from American University. He now resides in Gladwyne, PA and Jensen Beach, FL after living in the Washington, DC region for over 20 years, and serves on the board of the Finlandia Foundation National. Tim also previously served on the boards of the Commonwealth Public Broadcasting Corporation, Celebrate Fairfax, Inc. as well as the Computer Learning Center Partnership.

Featured Projects

  • American Forests; Washington, DC
  • Botanical Gardens of the Piedmont; Charlottesville, VA
  • Children’s Museum of Naples; Naples, FL
  • City College of New York; New York, NY
  • Cleveland Clinic – Martin Health Foundation; Stuart, FL
  • Council on Competitiveness; Washington, DC
  • Crisis Management Initiative; Helsinki, Finland
  • Catholic Diocese of Richmond; Richmond, VA
  • Ethos Discovery; Washington, DC
  • Georgetown Day School; Washington, DC
  • Grounded Solutions Network; Washington, DC
  • Indian River Land Trust; Vero Beach, FL
  • Hagerstown Community College; Hagerstown, MD
  • Kennedy Krieger Institute; Baltimore, MD
  • Luminis Health – Anne Arundel Medical Center; Annapolis, MD
  • Michigan Technological University; Houghton, MI
  • Presbyterian Mission Agency; Louisville, KY
  • Prince George’s Community College; Largo, MD
  • Reading is Fundamental; Washington, DC
  • St. David’s Episcopal Church; Austin, TX
  • Temple Sinai; Washington, DC
  • The Arc of the United States; Washington, DC
  • United States Naval Academy Foundation; Annapolis, MD
  • United Way of Central Maryland; Baltimore, MD
  • University of Helsinki; Helsinki, Finland
  • University of Maryland Medical System; Baltimore, MD
  • University of Miami; Miami, FL

recent resources

Land Trust Alliance RALLY 2021, “Campaign 101: Is Your Land Trust Ready?” (Webinar Recording) (Presentation Slides)

Conference on Community College Advancement 2022, “How to Conduct a Successful Campaign on an Accelerated Timeline”, October 27, 2022, Anaheim, CA

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Dos and Don’ts of Healthcare Collaborations and Mergers

August 26, 2021

Healthcare mergers are undertaken to create synergies and economies of scale among hospitals and foundations alike by expanding operations and cutting costs. Managing the process effectively can expand the donor pool, attract prominent philanthropic leaders, and encourage larger gifts. Navigating the process to avoid the pitfalls of poor planning, muddled communications, and competitive leadership is the key to success.