As a Senior Vice President of CCS Helen is results-driven and action-oriented. Exceling in project management, Helen has significant experience managing fundraising operations, prospect identification, development staff engagement, strategic planning, and analytic reporting.  As a senior member of CCS Europe, she has led diverse international initiatives from a €35m campaign for a leading Irish University to supporting religious organisations in the UK to receive six and seven-figure investments.

Helen has extensive experience in securing transformational gifts from individuals, trusts/foundations, the corporate sector and government agencies and was instrumental in continuing to ensure fundraising success for her clients through the challenges of the Covid-19 pandemic.

In working with CCS clients across the non-profit sector, Helen has assessed large-scale fundraising operations, led complex, multi-dimensional campaigns, and supported in defining and executing recruitment strategies to build successful development teams.  She is most proud of her relationship with RCSI University of Medicine and Health Sciences and especially her involvement with its Institute of Global Surgery – including securing funding for a newly established academic chair to lead the Institute’s work in Malawi and Zambia.

Most recently, Helen worked with St Mary’s University in Twickenham and the University of Health Equity based in Rwanda to develop robust strategic plans to secure philanthropic income to enable growth. Currently Helen is working with Corpus Christi College at Oxford University to support a landmark campaign for their new library.

select client partners

  • Armagh Public Library
  • The Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland
  • AMAR Foundation
  • Holy Child School, Killiney
  • Chabad Belgravia
  • The University of Health Equity, Rwanda
  • St Mary’s University, Twickenham
  • Centre for Anti-Microbial Resistance
  • Corpus Christi College, Oxford University
  • St Andrew’s School, Dublin 

Access and equity motivate Marc’s career in the philanthropic sector. Early on, his interest in education and LGBTQIA+ rights compelled him to pursue a career in the nonprofit sector. He launched his career working for premier education and justice-minded institutions in Chicago, and volunteering for the Human Rights Campaign.

With a desire to do more and improve access to other needs, Marc joined CCS in 2011 and has since dedicated himself to diverse causes bringing education, healthcare, and human services to communities locally, nationally, and worldwide. Every day, Marc provides leadership, strategy, and philanthropic advice to the non-profit sector and social impact space. He brings more than 15 years of professional fundraising and non-profit experience to CCS.

Marc designs, advises, and directs a diverse portfolio of clients across the non-profit spectrum, primarily in healthcare, education, religious, and human services sector. He has resourced fundraising initiatives that have raised more than $500 million.

Originally from San Diego, California, Marc earned his B.A. in Political Science at the University of California, Santa Cruz before moving to Chicago to pursue an M.P.P.A. at Northwestern University. Marc moved to New York City in 2014 and lives in the West Village neighborhood with his fiancé, Michael. He enjoys running marathons, traveling, learning languages, and trying new restaurants.

select client partners

  • Catholic Health Services of Long Island, Long Island, NY
  • Ellis Medicine, Schenectady, NY
  • Maurice A. Deane School of Law, Hofstra University, Hempstead, NY
  • Teach for America New York, New York, NY
  • The Lustgarten Foundation, New York, NY
  • Futures in Education, Brooklyn, NY
  • Staten Island Academy, Staten Island, NY
  • Northern Westchester Hospital
  • Peconic Bay Medical Center, Riverhead, NY
  • Diocese of Brooklyn, Brooklyn, NY

Dr. Ashutosh Nandeshwar thrives on creating effective systems and processes with tools and technology. With his education in systems engineering, artificial intelligence, and design thinking, he built solutions to improve fundraising results at the world’s top higher education institutions. He has written multiple books, including a co-authored book titled “Data Science for Fundraising.”

Ashutosh says, “CCS works with a range of nonprofit organizations, and that offers a unique opportunity to apply data science and analytics at scale to make a significant impact in the world.”

Ashutosh earned his Ph.D. and MS in Industrial Engineering, specializing in machine learning, and an MS in design thinking. He loves speaking about the power of data and is invited to give keynotes at national conferences. He is an active member of various professional organizations, including a term on Apra’s board, where he led the planning of the data science curriculum for the fundraising industry. 

Elizabeth joined CCS in 2013 and brings deep experience in the education, healthcare, and religious sectors. She has conducted strategic planning and operational assessments, led high performing fundraising teams, and managed major campaigns across the country that have raised more than $750 million. Finding joy in teamwork with clients, Elizabeth brings a combination of skilled project management and high-level strategic guidance to each partnership.

Elizabeth earned her BA from Emory University and MBA/MTS from Vanderbilt University. She recently returned home to Nashville with her husband and two spaniel pups, after living in Chicago, San Francisco, and Sandpoint, Idaho over the years. They love spending time outdoors hiking, camping, and kayaking, and volunteering for their local parks.

Select Client Partners

  • Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation, Center City, MN
  • Lucile Packard Foundation for Children’s Health, Palo Alto, CA
  • University of San Francisco, San Francisco, CA
  • Archdiocese of Chicago, Chicago, IL
  • Diocese of Tulsa, Tulsa, OK
  • Bernard Zell Anshe Emet Day School, Chicago, IL
  • Antioch University, Yellow Springs, OH

Eleanor has dedicated her professional career to supporting the development goals of nonprofit organizations. Her counsel has furthered the philanthropic efforts of institutions throughout the Midwest since 2014.

Eleanor brings expertise in major gifts strategy, communications, volunteer management, and coalition-building to every engagement. She has worked extensively with organizational leaders, board members, government officials, and donors to champion transformational initiatives. She values creativity, integrity, and a spirit of collaboration.

Since joining CCS in 2018, Eleanor has led successful efforts across sectors including environmental, arts and culture, higher education, and public-private partnerships.

Eleanor earned a BA in American Studies and French from Smith College.

select client partners

  • Lake Forest Open Lands, Lake Forest, IL
  • Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design, Milwaukee, WI
  • Kalamazoo Foundation for Excellence, Kalamazoo, MI
  • Detroit Riverfront Conservancy, Detroit, MI

Anthony has strong beliefs in advocacy and empowerment to ensure those most in need can reach their potential.

Anthony advises leaders such as headmasters, university presidents, CEOs, chairpersons, bishops, religious leaders, and hospital consultants to plan and implement fundraising campaigns with multi-million revenue goals.

Anthony is extremely diligent and meticulous in his approach to his job to ensure the smooth running of each project he take on. In supporting this, he conducts feasibility studies, produce financial reports and draft policies and procedures which allow him to identify areas to focus on and present recommendations to Boards. Anthony also drafts marketing materials, speaking scripts for leadership, and donor updates for the stewardship of their gifts.

select client partners

  • Diocese of Shrewsbury
  • The Mater Hospital Foundation
  • Children’s Health Ireland
  • Dublin City University
  • Sutton Park School
  • Cavan Cathedral
  • Dublin Zoo

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 with her husband and their two daughters and is an avid hiker 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 Health Alliance for Israel
  • The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia
  • Columbia University School of Nursing
  • E.O. Wilson Biodiversity Foundation
  • Friends Academy
  • The Hewitt School
  • Larchmont Temple
  • The Museum of Jewish Heritage: A Living Memorial to the Holocaust
  • Museum of West African Art
  • New York Youth Symphony
  • The Newark Public Library
  • NYU Stern School of Business
  • The Parkinson’s Foundation
  • The Police Athletic League
  • Prizmah: Center for Jewish Day Schools
  • The Ramaz School
  • The School of American Ballet
  • The Spence School
  • The Speyer Legacy School
  • Sutton Place Synagogue
  • Two Ten Footwear Foundation
  • Versiti Blood Research Institute
  • The YIVO Institute of Jewish Research

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Senior Vice President Scott Vachon is a seasoned fundraising and development professional with a breadth and depth of experience unique among his peers. 

For more than three decades, Scott has supported and directed nonprofits across sectors to achieve their goals and grow their impact. He brings to each client engagement an exceedingly solid grounding in best practice coupled with the capacity and desire to think strategically and out-of-the-box. He excels at analyzing circumstances, strategizing next steps and comprehensive plans, and driving action that is outcomes-based.   

Recently, Scott designed and facilitated CCS’s Unleashing Federated Member Fundraising, an annual day-long summit for development leaders of national and international organizations to discuss strategies and share models and best practices.  Participating organizations have included the American Civil Liberties Union, Easter Seals, Feeding America, Make-A-Wish America, the National Audubon Society, the Sierra Club, Special Olympics, United Service Organizations (USO), United Way Worldwide, and others.

Scott is a certified professional coach and is regarded as a fundraiser’s fundraiser.  Within CCS, he is relied upon regularly to help mentor and train newer directors.  He takes great interest in understanding others and in helping his fellow professionals develop their capacities and grow as people.    

select client partners

  • Be The Match/The National Marrow Donor Program, Minneapolis/National
  • United Way of Metro Chicago, Chicago, IL
  • Feeding America, Chicago, IL & National
  • UC Benioff Children’s Hospital, Oakland, CA
  • Columbia Business School, New York City, NY
  • University of California San Francisco (UCSF), San Francisco, CA

Jessica brings more than a decade of professional fundraising and non-profit management experience to the clients we serve. A talented major gift fundraiser and strategist, she has partnered with local and global organizations to design and manage successful fundraising initiatives.

Jessica has significant experience conducting fundraising audits and feasibility studies; developing major gift strategies for individuals and corporations; conducting prospect research; coaching and mentoring organizational leaders; and managing transformational campaigns.

Jessica has worked with a diverse group of not-for-profit organizations spanning education, advocacy, international relief and development, health, arts, and other global imperatives.

Prior to joining CCS, Jessica worked with organizations including Umbrella Foundation in Nepal, Concern Worldwide, Robin Hood Foundation and the Office of the President of the General Assembly at the United Nations.

Jessica earned an M.A. in International Development from University College Dublin, and a B.S. in Human and Organizational Development from Vanderbilt University. Jessica lived and worked in Dublin, Ireland for four years with CCS and now resides in her hometown of New York City with her husband, son, and Bernadoodle, Murph.

select client partners

  • The Motley Fool Foundation
  • Asia Society
  • Lehigh Valley Health Network
  • The Nature Conservancy China
  • Stamford Symphony
  • University College Dublin
  • Philanthropy University
  • Science Gallery International
  • Mercy International Association
  • Aurora Humanitarian Initiative
  • New York Common Pantry

Rachel has partnered with institutions in the advocacy and education sectors to plan and implement transformational fundraising campaigns with revenue goals ranging from $10 million to $1 billion. She has also directed principal and major gifts fundraising, led strategic planning efforts, and improved fundraising systems and procedures for several clients.

Among her client engagements at CCS, Rachel has completed a three-year fundraising growth plan for the Campaign Legal Center and subsequently provided major gift strategy and infrastructure support that resulted in the largest donation in the organization’s history. She also provided counsel to the NAACP on its historic $600 million comprehensive campaign and on major gifts strategy for its civic engagement program. Rachel stewarded the planning process and strategy for the first major gifts campaign for the Carnegie Council for Ethics in International Affairs, where she helped secure the organization’s largest ever individual and corporate contributions.

Rachel is a skilled nonprofit management strategist with diverse experiences across the philanthropic sector. Prior to joining CCS, she worked as a grant maker at the Open Society Foundations. Most recently, she coordinated funding in the areas of government accountability, money in politics, judicial nominations, and civic engagement.

Rachel holds an MPA in nonprofit management from New York University’s Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service and a BA in Black Studies and Women’s & Gender Studies from Amherst College. She was a NYC Fellow at the New Leaders Council, a national organization that works to recruit, train, and promote young progressive leaders, and now serves on its Advisory Board. She is also a 2016 alumna of NYU Wagner’s Fellowship for Emerging Leaders in Public Service, and she serves on the Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation’s Young Professionals Council and Planned Parenthood of Greater New York’s Activist Council.

select client partners

  • Campaign Legal Center
  • Carnegie Council for Ethics in International Affairs
  • City Seminary of New York
  • Democracy Fund
  • East Harlem Tutorial Program
  • Greenwich Country Day School
  • Manhattan Country School