Speaker Bios – Trends in the Cleveland Philanthropic Landscape

Maeve Riley
Senior Vice President
CCS Fundraising

Maeve Riley is a Senior Vice President with CCS Fundraising. Based in Chicago, Maeve serves as a member of CCS’s Central United States leadership team to partner with leading national organizations to achieve extraordinary results. Maeve has worked with clients throughout various sectors, with a focus on the cultural, social service and health sectors. Maeve specializes in prospect landscaping and research, staff capacity building and training, assessments and development plans, public-private partnership strategy, and campaign planning and execution.

Maeve has led a number of campaign efforts during her tenure at CCS, including the $200 million Hope to Health campaign for Froedtert Hospital and the Medical College of Wisconsin. Launched in 2016, the campaign served as a momentous joint-entity fundraising initiative for these Milwaukee-based institutions. Maeve guided the team of 45 staff members with all campaign and major gift efforts, including strategy and proposal development to secure a historic $37.9 million gift to create an institute focused on transforming medical education, and secured many seven-figure gifts. During this engagement both entities, Maeve also served in an interim management role and led various projects including revenue projections and funds flow management, the creation of a grateful patient program, visioning and case development for key departments, as well as collaborating with CCS colleagues to create a custom philanthropy and brand workshop for leaders at the Medical College of Wisconsin. In December of 2020 the campaign exceeded its stretch goal of $300 million.

Over the past two years Maeve has worked with Navy Pier, Inc., a nonprofit serving as the top tourist and recreational destination in the central Midwest, to support the organization in planning and achieving immediate and long-term fundraising needs. Through this work, Maeve provides strategic guidance to aspects of Navy Pier’s organizational strategy to grow its overall public and private funding. Maeve also partnered with the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame & Museum to manage an expanded $100 million campaign to support the Museum’s renovation and facility expansion. Maeve drove campaign strategy and activity, resulting in several seven- and six-figure gifts to support the future construction of a 50,000 square foot programming and event space adjacent to the iconic I.M. Pei Museum facility on the shores of Lake Erie.

In her engagement with Start Early, a preeminent, national early childhood organization, Maeve generated a comprehensive plan for an unprecedented $250 million philanthropic campaign. Maeve conducted an internal assessment, a campaign feasibility study, and developed a national prospect landscape of leading philanthropists, private foundations, and corporate partners. This work shaped a five-year plan for Start Early to grow and diversify its private funding base alongside its federal, state and local funding. This plan included strategies for Start Early to build philanthropic partnerships in new regional markets, increase its annual private funding revenue by 50%, and ultimately realize a successful $250 million campaign to expand its national reach and provide more families and providers with the best approaches to early childhood development.

Prior to her work at CCS, Maeve served as the Director of Alumni Relations at Rush University Medical Center in Chicago. She joined Rush to support medical staff and alumni giving efforts during its paramount capital campaign. She developed campaign proposals and impact reports, as well as volunteer engagement and communication plans to secure $17 million from 100% of the medical staff as part of the successful $389 million campaign for Rush. In her role as Director at Rush, Maeve was responsible for expanding Rush’s national alumni engagement and giving programs. This included regionally focused efforts to engage major and principal gift donors in California, Florida, Washington DC and throughout the East Coast. She successfully mobilized alumni and faculty volunteers through robust strategic plans focused on increasing alumni participation and philanthropic support.

Born and raised in Northern California, Maeve holds a masters of science in Nonprofit Management from DePaul University School of Public Service and a bachelors of science in Sociology from Santa Clara University.

Lindsay Marciniak
Managing Director
CCS Fundraising

Lindsay Marciniak has spent the entirety of her career working with nonprofit organizations to acquire the resources they need to fulfill their mission, realize their ambitions, and positively impact our communities – locally, nationally, and globally. Her efforts and leadership have resulted in nearly $1 billion in philanthropic support secured for her clients.

Lindsay brings to every engagement a big-picture perspective and hands-on approach, immersing herself not only in the organization at large, but in the details – the facts, milestones, people – that make up each nonprofit and shape its motivations. This thorough immersion allows Lindsay to stay deeply connected to her clients’ respective mission, create actionable goals, and pave a strong path forward.

As Managing Director, Lindsay oversees CCS’s operations across the Central U.S., supporting career growth for CCS directors and fundraising efforts for client partners. Lindsay is an expert at designing and directing comprehensive campaigns, implementing major gifts programs, leading initiatives to build fundraising capacity, and developing strong relationships with senior leadership, staff, board members, and donors.

Within the greater philanthropic community, Lindsay regularly presents on fundraising topics to clients, board members, and development professionals both in the U.S. and internationally. She also shares insights, trends, and best practices as a faculty member at Northwestern University’s Kellogg School Center for Nonprofit Management.

Lindsay earned her MPA in Nonprofit Management at Indiana University and a BS in Psychology with honors from John Carroll University in Cleveland. A former resident of Cleveland, Lindsay currently lives in Chicago. She is a member of AFP and of the 2021 Class of Leadership Greater Chicago (LGC) Fellows, the region’s most prestigious civic leadership development program committed to leading bold, transformative change in the community. In her spare time, Lindsay enjoys reading as well as spending time outdoors and with her family.