Rick Happy

Principal & Managing Director
San Francisco, CA

“At CCS we help organizations elevate, examine, analyze, and accelerate their philanthropy.”

Principal and Managing Director Rick Happy joined CCS with plans to gain some business experience before applying to law school. More than three decades later, Rick has remained at the firm and established himself as a philanthropic leader in the U.S. and abroad. Since 1998, Rick has led the firm’s work throughout the western United States and Canada.

Rick has led some of CCS’s most renowned campaigns and engagements for organizations such as UCSF Medical Center, Crocker Art Museum, Kent Denver School, Lions Clubs International, Baruch College, and National Jewish Health. These are just a few of the challenging and rewarding experiences that have kept Rick at CCS for so many years. Rick has also served on the Board of the Giving Institute.

“I’ve attended many groundbreakings, ceremonies, and campaign events throughout my career, and they always remind me of how gratifying it is to know that we’ve helped our clients and friends achieve their success,” says Rick. “When I describe the nature of our work to clients and new CCS staff, I like to say that we help organizations examine and analyze their potential and then manage and guide them toward that potential.”

Featured Projects

  • Bay Area Discovery Museum
  • Castilleja School
  • Congregation Rodef Sholom
  • Denver Academy
  • Fair Trade USA
  • NatureBridge
  • Nature Conservancy in Montana
  • PeaceHealth
  • Portland Art Museum
  • Sierra Club
  • Utah Symphony/Utah Opera