June 17, 2016

Foundation Board Room
St. Joseph Cancer Center
1010 W. La Veta Avenue, Orange

Speaker: Claudia Looney, Fundraising Consultant

Topic:  “Putting the Prospect First”

Description: Successfully activating new and repeat major gift donors will be most successful when there is a strong culture of philanthropy that puts the prospect first. This interactive session will explore challenges and provide suggestions for how to improve your organization’s philanthropic culture. We’ll discuss what motivates prospects to become our best donors, and determine what is — and is not — working in our programs. Together we’ll learn how to put the prospect first, what the prospect wants from us, and how to create a strong culture of philanthropic leadership among our board members, volunteers, administrators and program staff.

Claudia Looney, Fundraising Consultant

Claudia Looney

Claudia Looney brings more than 45 years of experience in non-profit development and management. Prior to her role as project consultant at CCS, Claudia served as the Senior Vice President of Development at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles. In addition to managing all aspects of the fundraising activities, Claudia has overseen the capital campaign that raised more than $1.03 billion. This was the largest campaign at the time, for a free-standing children’s Hospital. Additional campaign experience includes a $125 million campaign to build the new Northwestern Memorial Hospital in Chicago, the $60 million campaign for the California Institute of the Arts (CalArts), a $20 million CalArts earthquake renewal campaign, and the $20 million campaign to build the Woman’s Hospital at Saddleback Memorial Medical Center.
Claudia has had extensive fundraising and communications management experience at key organizations. In addition to leading all fundraising programs, activities and development operations for Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles, she managed and oversaw all fundraising, as President of the Northwestern Memorial Foundation in Chicago. When Vice President for Planning and Advancement for California Institute of the Arts, and as President of the Saddleback Memorial Foundation, Claudia was responsible for all aspects of fundraising, marketing, and communications.

Claudia has been recognized for her years of fundraising experience. Claudia was recognized as the recipient of the 2012 CCS Award for Outstanding Fundraising Professional presented by AFP. She was named 1994 Fund Raiser of the Year for Orange County, 1996 Fund Raiser of the Year for Los Angeles County, and YWCA’s Woman of Distinction for Orange County in 2004. In her professional career, Claudia has served many organizations, including:

  • AFP International Foundation
  • New Horizon School
  • Autry Museum of the American West
  • Occidental College
  • California Institute of the Arts
  • Orthopaedic Hospital Foundation
  • Children’s Hospital Los Angeles
  • Planned Parenthood, Los Angeles
  • Children’s Institute International
  • Providence Health & Services Foundation
  • Claremont Graduate University
  • Da Vinci Schools
  • The Discovery Eye Foundation
  • South Coast Botanic Gardens
  • Golden Gate Council, Campfire Inc.
  • St. John’s Episcopal School
  • Greater Los Angeles Girl Scouts
  • UC Irvine Health and Medical Center
  • Los Angeles Council, Campfire Inc.
  • YWCA of North Orange County
  • Martin Luther King Community Health

Claudia is past Chair of The Woodmark Group’s Board, which oversees the Children’s Circle of Care program for the top 25 children’s hospitals
in North America. She is also past chair of the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) Foundation and was a member of its International Ethics Committee. She is a Fellow, was a past board member and served as Chair-Elect of the Association for Healthcare Philanthropy (AHP), and is a Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE).

Claudia received her B.A. from California State University in Fullerton and is an alumna of the Charter Class of Pitzer College. Her husband, Jim, is a fundraising consultant. They have one married son, Chris, who along with his wife Anisha, are also fundraisers.