“Philanthropy is the bridge that allows the organizations we work with to cross that gap from a place where they are limited to a place where they are unlimited in their potential."
Senior Vice President Laura Aikens joined CCS in 2009 after beginning her fundraising career at the American Red Cross and St. Joseph Mercy Health System in Michigan. During that period she gained experience in grant writing, database management, special events, annual giving, and major gift fundraising. At CCS she shares her strategic planning, data analysis, major gift program development, annual fund operations, and leadership engagement expertise with organizations throughout the Central U.S.
Laura’s experience at CCS is enriched by the long-term client relationships that go beyond their shorter-term engagements. She is inspired by the lessons learned along the way and the changes that take place within an organization from beginning to end. “These aren’t just Band-Aids or little aspects that they are changing. These are really large systemic changes that allow organizations to pivot from a point of, in some cases, deficiency, to a point of abundance,” says Laura.
“I love seeing that transition, not only from an organizational perspective but through these relationships that we develop,” says Laura. “I get to experience that in a very personal way or see how that impacts the individuals that work for that organization in a very powerful way.”
- Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Chicago
- Archdiocese of Chicago
- Michigan Opera Theatre
- Evans Scholars Foundation (Chicago, IL)
- University of Windsor