Christine O'Neill Singer

Consulting Vice President

Biography

Christine O’Neill Singer, Consulting Vice President, brings to the firm more than 35 years of experience in institutional advancement. She has held a wide array of leadership roles in the nonprofit sector, serving cultural organizations, higher education and global conservation. Her expertise in integrated resource development strategy and management includes all areas of fundraising with an emphasis on individual philanthropy, volunteer leadership development, campaign planning and execution, team capacity building, and advancement support services.

Prior to joining GG+A, Chris served as Vice President for Individual Giving at World Wildlife Fund where she envisioned, built and provided strategic and operational leadership for a comprehensive program to develop relationships leading to significant philanthropic support.  Chris worked with senior leadership across the institution to build a culture of philanthropy, re-imagine and develop a ten-year strategy and create the framework for a multi-billion dollar global campaign.

Over the years, Chris served in several roles at the University of Chicago. As Associate Vice President for Alumni Relations and Development, Chris led the 160,000 member Alumni Association of the University and then continued as Senior Advisor and Executive Director, Harper Society, where she worked to ensure the meaningful involvement of donors of extraordinary gifts and emeriti trustees. Earlier, Chris headed the Alumni Fund of the University.

Additionally, Chris has served as the Vice President for Development and Marketing at the Lincoln Park Zoological Society, and Vice President for Development at the Art Institute of Chicago, providing strategic direction for advancement, staff development and mentoring, and budget planning, and responsibility for fundraising, gift planning, and advancement services for each institution.

Christine has presented at numerous conferences, including the WWF Global Development Conference; Bridge to Integrated Marketing & Fundraising Conference; Educational Travel Conference; American Association of Museums Annual Conference, and the Art Museum Development Association where she served as President.  She is a recipient of the Benjamin Franklin Award for Contribution to the Profession; Chicago chapter, National Society of Fund Raising Executives.

Christine holds a bachelor’s degree in American Studies from Michigan State University.

Areas of Expertise
  • Alumni Engagement
  • Campaign Planning
  • Higher Education Fundraising
  • Leadership Development
  • Program Management
  • Staff and Volunteer Teaching and Coaching
  • Strategy Development
  • Volunteer Management

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