Craig Morris

Senior Associate

Craig Morris is a Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE) with more than 20 years of experience in nonprofit administration and professional fundraising. Over this time, he has built development departments from scratch, as well as coaching staff and boards who were frustrated with fundraising. He has also walked into well-established organizations to build team morale and trust with donors. He prides himself on using his background as a social worker to grow an organization’s culture of philanthropy with a task-oriented approach.
Service to causes close to him are part of what drives Craig’s passion for fundraising. He is a long-time member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) and has served as the education committee chair to bring professional development to organizations need to stay informed of the latest fundraising trends and tactics. He was most recently was treasurer of the board for the AFP Chicago chapter, and he completed a tenure as the president of the board at the Center for Advancing Domestic Peace.
Craig believes in work environments focused on achieving well-defined objectives. His colleagues describe him as organized, enterprising, and analytical with a sense of humor that provides levity despite aggressive deadlines and challenging fundraising goals. He is proud to say he has been successful in executing quick growth in both the number of donors and dollars raised in every position he has held.
Craig earned his master’s degree in Social Service Administration from the University of Chicago.

Fundraising Area of Expertise: Corporate Social Responsibility is Craig’s area of expertise. He likewise has extensive experience in strategic planning; development operations and CRM systems; donor-centric relationship management; program evaluation; annual giving campaigns; sponsorship programs; membership programs; major donor giving clubs; CFG grants administration; peer-to-peer fundraising; disaster response campaigns; US IRS regulations. Craig is committed to ethical fundraising and cultivating worldwide growth of the philanthropic sector.

Sector Experience: Child welfare; early child education and advocacy; LGBTQ advocacy; domestic violence prevention and intervention; anti-violence organizations; community centers; federated organizations; homeless shelters; food pantries; emergency services; job training programs; youth development; associations.

Craig’s fundraising must have: An open-minded leadership committed to writing a focused and engaging case for support underpinning a fundraising plan with long-term goals.

Contact Craig at: cmorris@ssutton-and-associates.com

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