CCS Fundraising Promotes Four Executives to Partner

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The Board of Directors of CCS Fundraising has announced that four executives will join 17 other Partners to oversee the strategic activity and growth of the firm. They will continue to serve non-profit organizations across the globe.

The Board of Directors of CCS Fundraising is pleased to announce the election of four executives to Partner. Theodore (Ted) Blackburn, San Francisco; Linda Schaefer Cameron, Baltimore/Washington, DC; Travis Carley, San Francisco; and Caroline Chick, New York join 17 other accomplished Partners who oversee the firm’s strategic activity and growth.

Having helped elevate the missions of some of the most important non-profits of our time, these highly-accomplished individuals have demonstrated fundraising excellence and professionalism in their work across the healthcare, education, social & human services, religious, arts & culture, association, and environmental sectors. With this new designation, each will continue to provide skilled advice and exceptional service to the firm’s clients, as well as spearhead leadership initiatives within the organization.

“Caroline, Linda, Ted, and Travis are instrumental leaders on their respective teams, respected mentors to their colleagues, and invaluable advisors to their clients,” says Jonathan Kane, President, CCS Fundraising. “Their election to partnership level reflects our confidence in them, the future of CCS, and the outstanding organizations we serve.”

Ted Blackburn boasts more than 14 years of experience planning and directing campaigns across the country. He has worked with institutions such as Castilleja School, Centura Health, Diocese of Stockton, Montage Health Foundation, and UC Davis Health System. In addition to extensive campaign planning and management experience, Ted has also guided the development of fundraising programs in donor relations and stewardship, annual giving, and donor analytics.

Travis Carley has worked with a wide range of non-profit organizations in the Midwest and, most recently, the Western United States since beginning his career at CCS 15 years ago. Notable clients include University of Chicago, Advocate Charitable Foundation, and Lions Clubs International. Since 2008, an important piece of Travis's work has been with Feeding America, where he has worked with its network of food banks across the country to advance their fundraising capacity at a national and local level.

Linda Schaefer Cameron has been with CCS for 13 years and has served all sectors of non-profit organizations throughout the Mid-Atlantic and Southeast regions. She has lent her expertise in campaign planning and management to organizations such as Children’s National Health System, The University of the South, White House Fellows Foundation and Association, and the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture’s historic $300+ million campaign to build the museum.

Caroline Chick joined CCS nearly 15 years ago after a career in social work. Since then she has counseled a plethora of organizations including Jazz at Lincoln Center, Weill Cornell Medicine, and Citymeals-On-Wheels with financial targets ranging from $5 million to $3 billion. Most recently, Caroline helped manage the $550 million campaign to endow the Schwarzman Scholars, the largest philanthropic fundraising initiative in China's history.

About CCS Fundraising
Established in 1947, CCS Fundraising partners with non-profits to raise funds today and strengthen organizations for the future. With a perspective and presence that spans philanthropic sectors and the globe, CCS works closely with clients to effectively plan, manage, and implement programs that achieve fundraising goals and mission impact. Members of the CCS team are experts in strategic planning, research, development, planned giving, and on-the-ground campaign support. Headquartered in New York, the firm has over 300 professionals and 13 offices throughout the United States and Europe. Learn more at

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