From 2000 to present, Chris Askin has been the executive leader of the Community Foundation of Western Nevada. He manages all aspects of the Community Foundation from grants management, board development, nonprofit governance and administration, nonprofit financial management, organizational development, strategic planning, retreat facilitation, and program evaluation. Chris serves as the chief fundraiser and relationship manager for the Community Foundation.
Under Chris’s leadership, the Community Foundation assets have grown from $576,000 in June 2000 to $120 million in 2019, while distributing more than $120 million in grants. As a certified specialist in planned giving, he works with donors and professional advisors on complex current and estate gift arrangements, often involving complex or unusual gift assets. More than $150 million in bequest arrangements from 100+ families are in place to benefit the community as Legacy funds. The Community Foundation administrative expenses are about 1% with a balanced budget annually, making the Community Foundation of Western Nevada one of the most efficiently operated charities in the country. The Community Foundation has met COF National Standards since 2007.
Before leading the Community Foundation, Chris managed nonprofits and raised funds, including authoring more than a hundred grant applications and serving as Executive Director managing staff teams of 100+. Chris attended the University of Nevada, Reno graduate studies in accounting and business law and graduated from San Diego State University with a BA in Recreation Administration with an emphasis in Youth and Family Agencies. He became a Certified Specialist in Planned Giving in 2004 and a Certified Fund Raising Executive in 1996. Chris was the founding President of the Planned Giving Roundtable of Northern Nevada. He serves on numerous community boards.