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Chris Looney

Principal & Managing Director
Southern California

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“I’m called to a life of service, and philanthropy is a major expression of that mission, both in terms of my own personal giving and also professionally. Assisting non-profit organizations to advance philanthropy to enhance their missions and create improved outcomes for the communities they serve is more than my job. I see it as my calling.”

Principal and Managing Director Chris Looney serves a diverse portfolio of clients and projects across the non-profit spectrum while also managing the firm’s operations in Southern California. With nearly two decades at CCS, Chris has advised and counseled hundreds of clients, serving as a thought and action partner focused on driving philanthropy forward.

Chris, born into fundraising as the son of two of the nation’s most respected development professionals, credits his parents for his introduction to professional fundraising. Soon after joining CCS, Chris met his wife, Anisha, while working on a campaign. Not long after that, Anisha too was raising money professionally on behalf of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. To say fundraising is a family affair is an understatement.

As a member of the CCS Training Institute faculty, Chris frequently speaks at conferences across the country. He is involved with chapters of the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) throughout Southern California, was formerly on the Board of the AFP Foundation for Philanthropy and AFP Orange County, and currently sits on the Board of the Giving Institute and Giving USA Foundation. Chris is also active with Girls Inc. of Orange County as the founder of Dads for Daughters.

“The success of CCS’s projects are entirely about the people involved. The collective efforts of volunteers, staff, donors, and the CCS team are a powerful force. These efforts inspire me, give me hope, and keep me motivated to work hard every day.”