Since joining CCS in 2017, Sarah has partnered with nonprofits to accelerate fundraising activity and help advance their missions. Sarah has directed several feasibility studies and managed campaigns with goals ranging from $20 million to $125 million. In her role, Sarah has counseled organizations on a wide array of development activities including annual fundraising initiatives, prospect research, board governance and recruitment, principal and major gifts strategy, development operations, and portfolio management across a variety of sectors including social services, education, and independent schools.

Prior to joining CCS, Sarah worked as a consultant for One World, an education non-profit organization dedicated to reinforcing the tenets of tolerance, acceptance, and civic participation for students in more than 60 countries. Sarah began her career as a Teach for America Corps Member in Bronx, NY, where she collaborated with school leadership and partnered with third-party nonprofit organizations to establish innovative ways of cultivating leadership, excellence, and passion for her students.

Sarah received her B.A. in Government and Anthropology from Franklin and Marshall College, her M.A.T. from Relay Graduate School of Education, and is currently an M.B.A. candidate at NYU Stern School of Business. Sarah resides in New York City where she enjoys volunteering, attending Broadway and local theater productions, skiing, running, and crossword puzzles.

select client partners

  • Horizons National
  • Friends Academy
  • City Harvest

Sarah is passionate about working collaboratively with her clients to help them communicate their vision for the future and prepare systematic plans to achieve them. Sarah’s areas of expertise include planning comprehensive campaigns, staffing campaign leadership, managing volunteers, and engaging donors.

Sarah joined CCS in 2015, bringing more than 13 years of experience with nonprofits. Prior to joining the firm, Sarah spent nine years in development and community outreach with coastal nature preserves in San Diego, California and Wells, Maine. While working in the binational Tijuana River Watershed, she collaborated with government agencies, international organizations, nonprofits, and businesses to secure funding to restore and protect the water quality and habitat along the U.S.-Mexico border.

Sarah earned her Master’s Degree in International Environmental Policy from the University of California – San Diego in 2012. Her undergraduate work was in Peace Studies at Colgate University in Hamilton, New York. She has volunteered for numerous nonprofit organizations, including Amnesty International in London, the Appalachian Mountain Club, San Diego Coastkeeper, and a refugee resettlement center in New York State.

Sarah grew up in Maine, and currently resides in Portland. She loves to travel, especially in Mexico, but now spends most of her free time playing on the beach and hiking in the woods with her husband and two children.

select client parnters

  • Avesta Housing
  • Berwick Academy
  • Cheverus High School
  • First Parish in Portland
  • Knox County Homeless Coalition
  • Preble Street
  • Maine Historical Society
  • North Yarmouth Academy
  • The Nature Conservancy in New Hampshire
  • Thomas College
  • Waynflete School

Since joining CCS in 2017, Sarah has partnered with nonprofits to secure the philanthropic support necessary to fulfilling their missions.  Sarah has advised small startups and landmark organizations alike, with goals ranging from $5 million to $125 million. Her areas of expertise include campaign planning and management; principal, leadership, and major gifts; case development; annual giving programs; and development assessments. Sarah has served and counseled organizations that span sectors including arts and culture, social service, independent and boarding schools, and higher education. Sarah is a leader of CCS’s independent schools practice group and presents regularly at regional and national conferences including CAIS, NYSAIS, TABS, and NAIS.

Prior to joining CCS, Sarah was an elementary school educator at schools in and around New York. During her years in the classroom, Sarah experienced the incredible impact philanthropy can have on educational institutions and the many doors charitable giving can open for young learners.

Sarah received her BA from Bowdoin College and her MEd from Manhattanville College. A native of San Diego, CA, Sarah resides in Manhattan where she spends her free time visiting museums, reading, volunteering, and exploring the city’s parks with her dog, Sadie.

select client partners

  • American Museum of Natural History
  • Dodd Center for Human Rights – University of Connecticut
  • Horace Mann School
  • Saint Anthony Hall
  • Sid Jacobson JCC
  • Speyer Legacy School

Mission-minded and committed to impactful change, Sacha Lehto brings the skills, knowledge and insights gained from a sixteen-year career creating impactful fundraising strategies, managing and conducting prospect research, conceptualizing special events, guiding volunteer development, and leading transformative fundraising campaigns.

Sacha has extensive international fundraising experience, including with USA for IOM, the non-profit partner of IOM, the UN Migration Agency, where she led fundraising strategy development and campaign management, liaising with staff in both Washington, DC, and Geneva. Her international experience includes leading fundraising efforts for Texas Children’s Global HOPE (Global Hematology-Oncology Pediatric Excellence), a program focused on building long-term capacity to treat children with cancer and blood disorders in sub-Saharan Africa.

For over ten years, Sacha fundraised for health organizations in Canada, including BC Cancer Foundation, a comprehensive cancer control program for the people of British Columbia, and VGH & UBC Hospital Foundation, the largest hospital in the province of B.C. For CCS, Sacha’s healthcare experience continued, managing a $250 million comprehensive campaign for St. Louis Children’s Hospital Foundation.

Sacha’s fundraising expertise and passion for giving back have resulted in her being invited to join numerous volunteer committees and boards, including New York based ILEA (International Live Events Association) and Veterinarians International. Her degree in Fashion Design serves as a source of creative inspiration that she still brings to her work today. She has a love for travel and immersing herself in foreign cultures, having lived in Paris, Toulouse, Salamanca and Montreal, in addition to her native Vancouver. 

select client partners

  • USA for IOM
  • Texas Children’s Global HOPE
  • American Battle Monuments Foundation

Rosemary has dedicated her career to making a positive impact in the world. With 18 years of experience in nonprofit management and philanthropy, she has worked across sectors including LGBTQ rights, women’s health, education and literacy, humanitarian aid and disaster relief, and social justice.  

Since coming to CCS in 2018, Rosemary has been proud to partner with high-impact organizations to help them fulfil their potential. She specializes in interim management, feasibility studies, campaign management, and strategic planning.

Rosemary and her wife Adrian live in Brooklyn with their rescue mutt Blanco. She co-chairs the development committee of the Brooklyn Community Pride Center and is co-founder of the Brown Building in San Diego. Rosemary’s interests include mutual aid, travel, powerlifting, cooking, and reading all the books she can find time for.

select client partners

  • International Medical Corps
  • International Center for Journalists
  • The KIND Foundation
  • City Harvest
  • The Windward School
  • Duke University

Becky Kiely is an Assistant Vice President with the Central United States team at CCS Fundraising. Since joining the firm in 2018, she has worked across sectors to direct campaigns from $40M – $225M and collaborate with teams to support high level development operations. Becky has expertise in major gifts, case development, gift officer training, and volunteer engagement. She brings a care for relationship management, focused attention to detail, and a mission-oriented mindset to every client engagement.

Becky lives in Chicago, where she serves on the Board of Directors for Green City Market, Chicago’s largest, year-round sustainable farmers market. She is an also MBA candidate in the Baumhart Scholars Program at Loyola University Chicago – a selective program within Loyola’s Quinlan School of Business that prepares leaders from the private, government, and social sectors to thrive at the intersection of profit and purpose. Becky earned her bachelor’s degree from Georgetown University.

select client partners

  • Froedtert Hospital & Medical College of Wisconsin
  • Northwestern Memorial Foundation
  • Greater Cleveland Food Bank

Olivia Grinker is an Assistant Vice President at CCS Fundraising. She most recently provided capital campaign counsel at the Museum of Chinese in America. Previously, Olivia served as Interim Director of Advancement at The Speyer Legacy School, a K-8 independent school in New York City for accelerated learners and directed a Feasibility Study for King School in Stamford, CT, during which she helped the school determine goals and timing of the school’s largest campaign to date. Olivia has also partnered with the CCS Independent School Practice Group on special projects for independent school conferences. Previously, Olivia worked with Trinity University in San Antonio, during which she led the development of the University’s campaign case for support; advised on campaign budgets, policies, and guidelines; and provided recommendation on volunteer leadership structures. Other client work includes conducting a Development Assessment for the Sala Institute for Child & Family Centered Care at NYU Langone Health, and providing strategic counsel to The Frick Collection, Planet Word, and Third Option Foundation.

Before joining CCS, Olivia worked as an external consultant for the Inter-American Development Bank, during which she created an assessment tool to capture the indirect spillovers associated with entrepreneurial education and training programs in Latin America.

Olivia resides in Manhattan and is originally from Washington, DC. She is Chair of the Associate Board at LSA Family Health Service, which provides maternity, parenting, and early childhood development services in East Harlem. She holds a BA from Yale University and a MSc from the London School of Economics and Political Science.

select client partners

  • Museum of Chinese in America, New York, NY
  • The Speyer Legacy School, New York, NY
  • King School, Stamford, CT
  • Trinity University, San Antonio, TX

Nana joined CCS with over a decade of experience in development and nonprofit management, including securing funding for nonprofit programs in underserved communities across the Washington, DC region. She has partnered with more than a dozen nonprofits- assisting teams, volunteers, and other stakeholders to identify and implement, the most effective management and fundraising strategies to achieve their goals and mission. She recently served as the Project Manager for UNCF (United Negro College Fund). In this role, she led both a Development Assessment and a Feasibility and Planning Study. Following the onset of COVID-19, and with UNCF, Nana directed an initiative to secure essential funds to prevent a disruption in the education of students at HBCUs and other higher education institutions. More than $80 million was secured in just 7 months.

Nana serves on the Development Committee for Childhood Education International and is a Neighbor Ride volunteer – providing seniors with reliable transportation. She previously served on the Montgomery County Board of Social Services and the grant review committees for Montgomery Coalition for Adult Education Literacy, DC Children and Youth Investment Trust Corporation, and DC Office of Latino Affairs. 

Nana received her MPA in International Development and Nonprofit Management from The George Washington University and BA from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County.

select client partners

  • The Anglican Pilgrim Centre in Santiago, Spain
  • The Arc of the United States
  • Ashoka
  • Mt. Washington Pediatric Hospital
  • UNCF (United Negro College Fund)
  • USA for UNHCR

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Nick has led a lifelong career working for – and being inspired by – mission-driven organizations. He is deeply passionate about helping nonprofits build capacity in order to maximize their positive social impact.

Nick came to CCS with over 10 years of experience in nonprofit management. He began his career designing and managing outdoor youth programs for the YMCA in Iowa and Utah. Nick then joined the Peace Corps where he designed and implemented a project that brought running water to his rural Paraguayan community. Following the Peace Corps, Nick joined a team of passionate environmentalists working at the Big Sur Land Trust to manage major gifts and grant funding.

Since joining CCS four years ago, Nick has managed multiple complex projects for clients across all nonprofit sectors. Nick brings an expertise in analytical thinking and strategic planning to all his client engagements. Most recently, Nick executed a project with Feeding America – the nation’s largest domestic hunger-relief organization – to increase the capacity of 200 food banks to connect billions of pounds of food to people in need. Nick has extensive experience helping his many clients develop strategies to elevate their programs, diversify their funding, and build their capacity.

Nick received his B.A. from Luther College and an M.A. and M.B.A. from Middlebury Institute of International Studies. He spends most of his free time running, hiking, and volunteering for organizations that protect and manage open space. He resides in Portland, Oregon and enjoys exploring trails and skiing with his family.

select client partners

  • Feeding America, Chicago, IL