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Askin, Chris
President and CEO

From 2000 to present Chris has been the executive leader of the Community Foundation of Western Nevada. He manages all aspects of the Foundation from grants management, board development, nonprofit governance and administration, nonprofit financial management, organizational development, strategic planning, retreat facilitation and program evaluation.

Under Chris’s leadership, the foundation assets have grown from $576,000 in June 2000 to $100 million while distributing more than $107 million in grants. As a certified specialist in planned giving, he has worked with donors and professional advisors on planned gifts, with an estimated $130 million in expectancies that will be received in the future. Foundation administrative expenses are about 1% with a balanced budget annually. The Foundation has met COF National Standards since 2007.

Before leading the Community Foundation of Western Nevada Chris’s management experience focused on nonprofits and community-serving organizations. He was the Executive Director of the Reno Family YMCA, Senior Program Director of YMCA’s in South Pasadena and La Jolla, Development Director for Sierra Business Council and the National Benevolent Association, and a grant writer for Community Services Agency.

Chris Askin attended 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 earned the title CSPG, Certified Specialist in Planned Giving in 2004 and CFRE, Certified Fund Raising Executive in 1996.

Chris is passionate about resident engagement in community issues as manifested by his leadership in the Foundation’s initiative process. For our current initiative, he connects and guides an inclusive group including representatives of service providers, Foundation Board members and staff, caring citizens, and struggling homeless youth. Together they explore the issues and barriers facing runaway, homeless, and aging-out of foster care youth in our community and together they are working for solutions.