Cholangiocarcinoma Foundation Appoints First Director of Development

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Bile duct cancer charity hires new fundraising executive to ramp up philanthropic support

The Cholangiocarcinoma Foundation ( is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization founded in 2006 to find a cure and improve the quality of life for those affected by bile duct cancer.

The Cholangiocarcinoma Foundation (CCF) today announced the appointment of Kathi Wagner as its first Director of Development. Ms. Wagner, of Darien, IL, brings to the role more than 25 years of nonprofit fundraising, marketing, public relations and management experience.

"We are extremely pleased to welcome Kathi Wagner as our new Director of Development,” said Board President, Stacie Lindsey. “Kathi brings the skills, knowledge, experience and passion that will continue to advance our mission of finding a cure for bile duct cancer.”

Ms. Wagner’s work will include supporting volunteer-driven events and grassroots fundraising efforts nationally, peer-to-peer social media marketing, grant-writing, sponsorships, direct-mail outreach, major-gift and planned-giving programs, and donor stewardship activities, as well as database expansion and policy development.

Previously, Ms. Wagner served as Chief Development Director at Wake Up Narcolepsy, Executive Director of the Illinois Branch of the International Dyslexia Association, and Director of Development of the American Brain Tumor Association.

She obtained her Certified Fund Raising Executive Status in 1998, and has served as a past board member for the Association of Fundraising Professionals Chicago Chapter, the West Suburban Philanthropic Network, and the Suburban Chicago Planned Giving Council.

The Cholangiocarcinoma Foundation is the only public charity in the United States dedicated to funding national research to cure bile duct cancer, which affects 5,000 Americans each year. The organization also founded the International Cholangiocarcinoma Patient Registry to collect information about the incidence and prevalence of cholangiocarcinoma and related disorders. CCF provides educational webinars, a varity of informational publications, resource referrals and other supportive services to medical professionals, patients and families at no charge.

For more information, please contact CCF via email at info(at)cholangiocarcinoma(dot)org or (801)999-0455.

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