Since 2016, Elyse has provided counsel to a diverse group of organizations across a variety of sectors, including City Harvest, The Trevor Project, and Madison Square Boys & Girls Club in New York City; Brooklyn Public Library; and independent and boarding schools across the country. She has extensive experience managing capital campaigns and volunteer leaders, developing major gift strategies, conducting planning studies, and working with nonprofits to reach and exceed their goals of increased donor engagement and extraordinary philanthropic support.

Elyse is a native Clevelander. Her love of adventure brought her to New York City where she currently resides in Brooklyn. Elyse enjoys going on food tours in New York’s diverse neighborhoods, playing volleyball, hiking, and traveling.

select client partners

  • The Trevor Project
  • Brooklyn Public Library
  • Asheville School
  • City Harvest
  • Madison Square Boys & Girls Club
  • Stephen Gaynor School
  • St. Anthony Hall
  • Caedmon School

Elizabeth joined the firm in 2017 after spending a decade supporting non-profits in New York, New York. Professionalism, diligence, curiosity, and dedication to hard work fuel Elizabeth’s passion for working with nonprofit organizations to help them achieve their goals. In her role, she brings operational and strategic leadership to CCS’s more complex engagements and partnerships with a focus on the health sector. She has worked across the spectrum of health institution and project types, led the planning and management of campaigns over $1 billion, directed the forming of collaborative philanthropic models, and has guided clients in securing multiple nine-figure gifts.
 
A lifelong learner and dynamic professional, Elizabeth’s clients appreciate the trust, organizational fluency, sense for opportunity, clear direction, and candor she brings to each of her engagements. Her areas of expertise include assessments and growth plans, strategic planning, campaigns, principal gift programs, and capacity building. Her goal with every client engagement is to elevate the organization’s overall capacity and efficacy to fundraise in support of its mission.
 
Within CCS, Elizabeth is a member of the CCS Board of Directors Innovation Sub-Committee. She also serves as the Executive Sponsor of CCS Elevate, the firm’s thought leadership incubator designed to apply CCS best practices to the next big questions in philanthropy – an initiative Elizabeth served as the founding Co-Chair of. She also regularly partners in speaking engagements with the Association for Healthcare Philanthropy and the Woodmark Summit.

Originally from San Diego, California, Elizabeth currently resides in Chicago, Illinois. She earned her bachelor’s degree from Columbia University, where she was elected Captain of the Field Hockey team. Outside of work, she enjoys cooking, fitness, and spending time outdoors with her 115-lb Rhodesian Ridgeback, Judd.

select client partners

  • Boston Children’s Hospital
  • Children’s Health
  • Children’s Wisconsin
  • Communities Foundation of Texas
  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • National Marrow Donor Program
  • Northwestern Medicine
  • Obama Foundation
  • University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center
  • Vanderbilt University Medical Center

Liz Carroll has always had a passion for the philanthropic sector. She has worked for and with nonprofits for nearly a decade prior to joining the firm in 2018, including five years in development with Habitat for Humanity.

Liz currently provides leadership to the Central US team’s internal strategy and operations, with a focus on sales, executive support, and new hire onboarding. The ability to support a variety of organizations and missions across the nonprofit sector is what drives her enthusiasm and work at CCS. She is thoughtful in developing tailored scopes of work and is driven by the ability to think creatively about the services that will provide the most impact and benefit to each of our client partners.

Additionally, Liz develops custom onboarding plans and supports each new hire joining the Central US team through their first few weeks with the firm. She enjoys playing a role in building a welcoming and intentional onboarding experience. With a passion for coaching and mentoring, Liz also manages the Central US’s internships, practicum students, and fellowship program.

Liz is particularly passionate about advancing DEI in philanthropy. She works closely with the executive team to further the firm’s work in creating a more inclusive and equitable field of philanthropy. 

Now in her tenth year with CCS, Eliza Huleatt has directed numerous development assessments and planning studies, conducted Board orientations and staff trainings, and led successful campaigns for a variety of client organizations. Eliza’s fundraising experience spans higher and secondary education, healthcare, medical research, and cultural institutions. She specializes in strategic development projects to expand philanthropic revenue, driving progress and client deliverables.

During her time at CCS, Eliza has worked with the CCS President on corporate initiatives to enhance the firm’s service offerings; developed content for CCS’s internal Learning program and taught firm-wide education courses on feasibility and planning studies, business writing, and donor engagement; led the Mentorship program for the Mid-Atlantic region; and served on the firm’s recruitment and onboarding teams. She is a past contributor to the Philanthropy Now blog. Eliza has an M.B.A. from Johns Hopkins University and a B.A. from Colby College. She enjoys running, world travel, and spending time outdoors with her husband and two young sons.

select client partners

  • Baltimore Community Foundation
  • Howard University
  • Lieber Institute for Brain Development (Johns Hopkins University)
  • National Audubon Society
  • Peddie School
  • Rheumatology Research Foundation
  • Spelman College
  • United Negro College Fund (UNCF)
  • University of the South
  • Virginia Union University

Diana is Senior Vice President of Strategy and Operations for CCS’s Southern California and Southwest region, and has been with CCS for over 10 years. As a member of the region’s executive leadership team, she identifies and implements strategic priorities for business development, recruitment, talent management, client engagement, and other operational functions. Diana also works closely with executives to assess each client partner’s needs and develop the scope of work and solution to address those needs. She manages the region’s operational team and also oversees administrative support of all client engagements.

Diana is a member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals Orange County Chapter where she co-chairs the Program Committee.

Diana holds a Bachelors in International Business and Applied Mathematics from Pepperdine University. 

Christina joined CCS to gain opportunities to leverage her professional and educational skill set to create positive social change. As an experienced client relations professional, Christina is excited to work with nonprofits to help them achieve their goals.

Christina brings more than a decade of experience working with nonprofit organizations and has assisted more than a dozen clients with major planning and capital fundraising efforts in her time with CCS. Working on behalf of a broad range of organizations across the non-profit spectrum, Christina has assisted her clients in raising millions of dollars while also helping them to create stronger and more sustainable programs. Christina brings a unique blend of strategy, energy, and focus to each effort and has cultivated her expertise in the areas of major gift strategies, volunteer training and management, and marketing and communications.

Christina is a member of Net Impact, an international nonprofit organization with a mission to inspire, educate, and equip individuals to use the power of business to create a more socially and environmentally sustainable world. She is a native of San Francisco and currently resides in Southern California.

Christina received her MBA from the Stern School of Business at New York University and her BA in English from the University of California, Davis.

Select client Partners

  • American Asthma Foundation, San Francisco, CA
  • Anglican Diocese of Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
  • Archdiocese of Denver & St. John Vianney Theological Seminary, Denver, CO
  • Audubon California, San Francisco, CA
  • Bay Area Rescue Mission, Richmond, CA
  • De La Salle High School, Concord, CA
  • Education and the Environment Initiative (EEI), Sacramento, CA
  • EPACENTER, East Palo Alto, CA
  • Episcopal Diocese of California, San Francisco, CA
  • Glaucoma Research Foundation, San Francisco, CA
  • Literary Arts, Portland, OR
  • Mercy Foundation, Sacramento, CA
  • Ms. Foundation for Women, New York, NY
  • San Francisco Bay Area Planning and Urban Research Association, San Francisco, CA
  • Sterne School, San Francisco, CA
  • University of California, San Francisco Diabetes Center

For Christianna, philanthropy is full of catalytic moments. The moment when a donor steps into partnership with an organization. The moment when fundraisers believe it’s a privilege to invite someone to give and become part of something bigger than themselves. And the moment that donors commit themselves to giving resources beyond their treasure.

Philanthropy isn’t a career Christianna fell into; rather, from her first days calling alumni to support her alma mater’s annual fund, she was hooked. After graduating from Taylor University (Upland, IN) with bachelor’s degrees in Mass Communications and Spanish, she went on to complete her Executive Master of Arts in Philanthropic Studies from the Lilly Family School of Philanthropy and a Certificate in Non-Profit Management from the O’Neill School of Public and Environmental Affairs (Indiana University).

Christianna has directed successful capital campaigns, conducted campaign feasibility studies and nonprofit assessments, and provided interim development leadership. Her portfolio of experience spans nonprofit sectors, such as associations, human service organizations, independent schools, higher education institutions, and healthcare systems on both the East and West Coasts.

Before joining CCS, Christianna served in advancement at two higher education institutions, with an international humanitarian aid organization, and at a metropolitan center for nonprofit advocacy. She is a four-time chapter author for Giving USA, the leading annual report on philanthropy in the US, and has earned the respected Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE) designation.

Raised in the Midwest, Christianna happily calls Phoenix, AZ home. She has traveled to 30+ countries and has two states left to visit. She is winter sports enthusiast, loves the National Parks, and can often be found entertaining friends on her patio.

select client partners

  • Make-a-Wish America, Phoenix, AZ
  • University of California Office of the President, Oakland, CA
  • American Hotel & Lodging Educational Foundation, Washington, DC
  • PeaceHealth Southwest, Vancouver, WA
  • Notre Dame Preparatory School, Towson, MD
  • Queen of the Valley Foundation, Napa, CA
  • Apprenti, Seattle, WA
  • World Forestry Center, Portland, OR
  • Marjaree Mason Center, Fresno, CA
  • Social Venture Partners International, Seattle, WA 

Since joining CCS, Chloe has partnered with a wide range of clients in the education, advocacy, arts and culture, and religious sectors providing counsel on capital campaign planning, annual fund management, and special fundraising events. Chloe specializes in conducting strategic development assessments and providing interim management support. Most recently she has acted as Chief Development Officer for Physicians for Human Rights and supported Georgetown University with an assessment of the largest campaign effort in their history, charting the path to a $3BN goal. Chloe has enabled her clients to exceed annual fundraising goals, outperform historical giving day targets, launch new giving vehicles, and double participation rates of priority donor groups.

Chloe began her career at HRH Prince Charles’s charity The Prince’s Trust. There, Chloe was responsible for stewarding relationships with a portfolio of high-profile corporate supporters. More recently, Chloe served as an executive director for a national UK education non-profit where she was accountable for the organization’s operations, sustainability, and growth. While in post, Chloe enabled the organization to move away from a grant-based financial structure towards a revenue-generating sales of service model, in part by increasing the base of fee-paying members by 25%. During her tenure, Chloe was instrumental in strengthening the organization’s resource base with successful bids to government agencies, philanthropic trusts, and corporations. Since moving to the US, Chloe has advised the leadership teams of several US and UK based non-profits and public service organizations as an independent consultant. Notable clients include Dress for Success Worldwide and Her Majesty’s Government Foreign and Commonwealth Development Office.

Chloe holds an MBA from Henley Business School, a Masters in Non-Profit Accounting and Financial Management from Cass Business School, and a Bachelor of Science in Social Psychology from Loughborough University. Chloe lives in New York City with her husband and daughter.

select client partners

  • MoMA PS1
  • Georgetown University
  • Physicians for Human Rights
  • The Ethel Walker School
  • Ethical Culture Fieldston School
  • Church of Heavenly Rest
  • Jesuit Conference of Canada and the United States
  • The Harvard Crimson

resources

Five Steps to Kick-Start Campaign Planning for an Independent School

As an Executive Vice President at CCS Fundraising, Carolyn has dedicated her career to the nonprofit community throughout the Philadelphia region and beyond. For 17 years, she has helped organizations of all sizes achieve philanthropic growth and mission-impact. Carolyn has raised more than $25 million for organizations including The Archdiocese of Philadelphia, Back on My Feet, Habitat for Humanity, Malvern Preparatory School, and The Salvation Army. Early in her career, Carolyn was also privileged to conduct large-scale assessments for Habitat for Humanity International and the State University of New York, both resulting in pathways toward exponential philanthropic opportunity.

In 2018, Carolyn joined the Strategy & Operations team at CCS to design the necessary infrastructure to maintain and grow business development and market presence activity for the newly established Philadelphia office. Since that time, the Philadelphia team has more than doubled in size, revenue and client reach.

A member of the firm’s Operations leads, Carolyn collaborates across teams on special projects to standardize functions, enhance efficiencies, and scale for growth. Most recently, Carolyn was invited to build the strategy & operations infrastructure for CCS’s Systems & Analytics practices in addition to her role on the leadership team in Philadelphia.

Committed to her local community, Carolyn is a volunteer for causes supporting open adoption and currently serves on the Endowment Board and Development Committee for St. Agnes Elementary School in West Chester, PA.

Carolyn earned a master’s degree in Nonprofit Leadership from the University of Pennsylvania and a bachelor’s degree in Religion from La Salle University.

select client partners

  • Archdiocese of Philadelphia, Philadelphia, PA
  • Habitat for Humanity International, Atlanta, GA
  • State University of New York, New York, NY
  • The Barnes Foundation, Philadelphia, PA

Brooke’s passion for philanthropy developed from her own career experiences both relying on and distributing philanthropic funding. She is passionate about the ability of a shared mission to unite communities and create change.

Prior to joining CCS in 2015, Brooke worked with Chicago-based education and social service organizations including Youth Guidance and One Million Degrees. She also worked at State Farm supporting strategic initiatives and insurance, as well as Habitat for Humanity in Indianapolis.

Her areas of expertise include campaign planning and feasibility studies, major gifts strategy, planned giving and gifts of major assets, campaign management, development office assessment, prospective funder landscaping, and staff and volunteer orientation and training. She has worked with client partners across the Midwest of all sizes across a variety of sectors, with a special interest in social and human services.

As a trained social worker, Brooke is known for bringing empathy to her work. She is looked to for coaching and supporting colleagues, previously acting as the Mentoring Officer. She has served as a co-chair and on planning committees for multiple learning conferences at CCS, co-founded the employee resource group Pets at CCS, and formerly served on the Gift Planning Committee, among other roles.

Brooke received a Masters in Social Service Administration from the University of Chicago and a Bachelors of Science from The University of Arizona.

select client partners

  • Be The Match
  • Cathedral High School
  • The Cove School
  • Deborah’s Place
  • JCC Minnesota
  • Lake Forest Open Lands
  • Northern Illinois Food Bank
  • Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum
  • Saint Louis Zoo
  • Vatican Apostolic Library

publications

Snapshot of Today’s Philanthropic Landscape, 2022