Connor is passionate about advocacy and helping nonprofits tell their stories.

Connor discovered his passion for philanthropy while practicing as an attorney in Chicago. Working with a variety of pro-bono legal nonprofits, Connor discovered that nonprofit organizations, like legal clients, need help telling their stories and navigating complex administrative systems. Since joining CCS, Connor has worked with a variety of clients, primarily in the healthcare, education, and religion sectors. He has extensive experience in campaign management and feasibility studies, as well as annual fund management and event planning. Prior to joining CCS, Connor also worked in Development and Corporate Fundraising for one of the nation’s largest nonprofit arts organizations, helping coordinate annual giving campaigns and capital improvement projects.

Connor received his B.A. from the University of Michigan and currently lives in Los Angeles. A licensed attorney, he continues to volunteer for a variety of legal aid organizations. When he is not working, he can be found writing, hiking, surfing, or watching basketball.

select client partners

  • Dignity Health – California Hospital Medical Center Foundation, Los Angeles, CA
  • Three Square Food Bank – Feeding America, Las Vegas, NV
  • Salinas Valley Memorial Hospital Foundation, Salinas, CA
  • Public Health Institute, Oakland, CA
  • Pacific Fleet Submarine Memorial Association, Honolulu, HI
  • Hospice & Palliative Care of the Wood River Valley, Ketchum, ID
  • Judge Memorial Catholic High School, Salt Lake City, UT
  • Monica Catholic Church and School, San Francisco, CA
  • Immaculate Conception Church, Ewa Beach, HI
  • Cathedral Basilica of Our Lady of Peace, Honolulu, HI

Currently based in the United Kingdom, Claire Bens has experience fundraising around the world including the United States, Europe, Africa, and the Middle East. She has partnered with non-profits and institutions spanning the philanthropic sector from higher education and healthcare to international schools and social service organisations. Specializing in campaign management, Claire works primarily on planning large-scale fundraising initiatives, developing major gift strategies, and building the internal fundraising capacity of her clients. She aims to bring a personalised, organised, and positive approach to each client partnership.

Claire earned her MSc in Conflict Studies at the London School of Economics and graduated Phi Beta Kappa with BAs in Political Science and Global Studies from Ohio University. A native of Cincinnati, Claire currently lives in London. She is a member of AFP and an accredited CFRE. In her spare time, Claire participates as a member of Impact 100 London and enjoys hiking, kayaking, and running.

select client partners

  • American Community School of Abu Dhabi, UAE
  • Africa Public Health Foundation, Nairobi, Kenya
  • Central European University, Vienna, Austria
  • World Migration Report, IOM, Geneva, Switzerland
  • Saint Peter’s University, Jersey City, New Jersey, USA
  • Medical College of Wisconsin and Froedtert Hospital, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA
  • North Shore Country Day School, Winnetka, Illinois, USA
  • St. John’s Academy, Jamestown, North Dakota, USA
  • Vocational Guidance Services, Cleveland, Ohio, USA

While at CCS, Chris has designed, implemented, and directed all campaign management areas, including prospect research, volunteer management, and gift requests leading to successful outcomes. Chris has worked with numerous influential leaders and donors to build multiple annual funds and major gift programs and develop and train volunteers and staff for productive capital and annual fundraising initiatives. His primary focuses are board management, strategic planning, gift planning, coaching, and training.

With over 20 years of nonprofit management experience, Chris has worked with leading organizations, including the John F. Kennedy Center for Performing Arts, Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Washington, and Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.  Chris also spent four years as Director of the SHARE Food Network, a DC-based food distribution nonprofit of Catholic Charities.

Originally from Ohio, Chris has lived in Washington, DC, for over two decades. He is involved in numerous activities such as CrossFit, half marathons, softball, and walking his dog, Blue. Chris is also an avid researcher and blogs on all things concerning U.S. Presidents and U.S. History. He also loves cheering on his Xavier Musketeers in basketball.

select client partners

  • Food Bank of Central & Eastern North Carolina
  • Diocese of Charleston
  • Corpus Christi Catholic Church
  • Loyola Blakefield
  • Federal Association of the Order of Malta
  • American Association for Study of Liver Diseases
  • Smile Train
  • Crescent Ridge Academy
  • Finlandia University
  • The Arc Central Chesapeake Region

Resources

Hidden Opportunities in Retirement Assets: Insights for Frontline Fundraisers

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 health care 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 a metropolitan center for nonprofit advocacy. She is a four-time chapter author for Giving USA, the leading annual report on philanthropy in the U.S., 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

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.

Since joining CCS, Chloe has partnered with a wide range of clients in the education, human services, and religious sectors providing counsel on capital campaign planning, annual fund management, special fundraising events, strategic assessment of development operations, and acted as interim Chief Development Officer. 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 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

  • 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

Carly Goettel brings more than 15 years of non-profit experience working in complex organizations. Her portfolio of fundraising skills encompasses managing large-scale campaigns, building and assessing fundraising operations, and management. She is currently working with NYU Stern on the quiet phase of an ambitious fundraising campaign.

Prior to this, Carly worked with Georgetown University as campaign counsel for a multi-billion-dollar campaign. Carly’s work focused on strengthening the partnership between Advancement and executive leadership, building a Principal and Transformative gift pipeline, and determining appropriate staffing structures to support the university’s significant ambitions.

Carly has also worked on campaign planning and management initiatives at the National Museum of American Jewish History, the Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh, The Allen-Stevenson School, and The Philadelphia School.

Carly joined CCS with extensive fundraising experience in the cultural sector. Originally from upstate New York, she has been a resident of Brooklyn since 2009.

select client partners

  • NYU Stern School of Business
  • Georgetown University
  • The Allen-Stevenson School
  • Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh
  • National Museum of American Jewish History

Camille has worked with local, regional, national, and international nonprofits to reach their most ambitious fundraising goals.  Working in a family office prior to CCS has given her insight to provide clients a well-rounded, innovative approach where she has guided clients on operations, events, financial development, marketing and crisis public relations. She brings creativity to her clients and has been instrumental in building relationships with donors, board members and client staff, as well as working seamlessly with volunteers at all levels, including former heads of state and corporate decision makers. Her strong interpersonal and analytical skills make her a critical part of the projects she has been assigned and to the overall CCS team.

Camille has conducted feasibility and planning studies, development assessments, and special development projects, consistently solving issues with innovative, efficient, and productive solutions. During the pandemic, Camille quickly pivoted a client’s in-person event to strategically build a virtual speaker’s series that exposed an additional 3,000 potential members to the organization and secured campaign donors while replacing event income. The series was such a success, it continues on a bi-monthly basis.

To bring joy to CCS’s employees, Camille serves as a co-leader of the Pets at CCS employee resource group, and currently leads the team that produces The Woofington Post quarterly newsletter. She is an avid potter and lives in Dearborn, Michigan with her two dogs, Casey and Cooper.

select client partners

  • The OSS Society
  • The Chrysler Museum of Art
  • Greater Baltimore Medical Center
  • American Physical Society
  • American College of Radiology
  • International Association of Fire Fighters
  • Cayman Islands National Recovery Fund

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

  • Saint Louis Zoo
  • 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

Blake Reiser joined CCS in 2011 after working in Advancement at Pepperdine University School of Law.  During his time with CCS, Blake has helped to design, plan and execute successful major fundraising efforts for more than twenty organizations, both large and small.  He enjoys partnering with non-profits to maximize their fundraising potential by developing thoughtful plans, compelling communications, and successful major donor strategies.  In his engagements, Blake brings an organized and committed approach that is tailored to each organization.  Blake is a graduate of Pepperdine University with a BA in Organizational Communication and a minor in Business Administration.

Select client partners

  • Catalina Island Conservancy, Long Beach, CA
  • Huntington Medical Research Institutes, Pasadena, CA
  • Mariners Church, Irvine, CA
  • The Pegasus School, Huntington Beach, CA
  • Monica Catholic Community, Santa Monica, CA
  • The Salvation Army California South Division, Orange County, CA
  • United States Military Academy, West Point, NY

Autumn started with CCS in 2012, advising and guiding client partners across sectors to achieve nine-figure campaign goals and mobilizing thousands of volunteers to make a difference. Her areas of expertise include strategic planning, campaign management, donor communications, board coaching and staff development.

Autumn is currently working with the Feeding America National Office in Chicago, IL to build and resource a brand-new department. Access Services will facilitate relationships between Feeding America, their 199 food bank members, and the thousands of agencies that distribute food across the United States. Before working with Access Services, Autumn conducted a major gifts planning and strategy engagement with the Feeding America Development team in response to their tremendous growth over the past two years. The outcome of this project was a three-year plan to chart the course of fundraising practice and investment.

Prior to her partnerships with Feeding America, Autumn was working with the Lucile Packard Foundation for Children’s Health in Palo Alto, CA. LPFCH is the sole fundraising entity for Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital Stanford and the child health programs at Stanford University School of Medicine. She started with LPFCH in an interim management position, leading a stewardship team of eight. She then transitioned into implementation of a new strategic plan that CCS developed with LPFCH leadership toward a goal of raising $200 million each year.

Autumn served as Development Manager of Kadlec Foundation in Richland, WA, from 2015-2017, before returning to CCS. She worked closely with donors, executive leadership, and trustees to elevate community health. Kadlec Regional Medical Center is part of the Providence St. Joseph Health system.

Autumn and her husband, Tyler, a family physician, are both from Idaho. She is an alumna of Boise State University and New York University. She has lived in five countries and enjoys reading, cooking, tennis, and hiking.

Select client partners

  • Lucile Packard Foundation for Children’s Health
  • Salt Lake Community College
  • Feeding America
  • Central Washington University, Ellensburg, WA
  • International School of Denver, Denver, CO
  • Kiwanis International, Indianapolis, IN
  • NatureBridge, San Francisco, CA
  • NEA Baptist Health, Jonesboro, AR
  • Sacramento Zoological Society, Sacramento, CA
  • Salt Lake Community College, Salt Lake City, UT
  • Catherine of Siena, Austin, TX
  • Trinity Health, Minot, ND
  • University of Windsor, Windsor, ON