CPGR Welcomes New Board Members
Monday, January 29, 2018
CPGR Welcomes New Board Members
Jon Kraus, Senior Director of Development, Gift Planning, University Advancement, University of Denver
Sometimes the best gifts surprise you.
Jon Kraus was raised in small town Colorado and learned the value of volunteering and community early on. If he wasn’t born to our profession all the keys to success were imbued in him before his formal education. And his formal education put him in touch with a key donor who funded his scholarship at the University of Denver. He felt keenly the benefits and impact of one individual’s principled philanthropy. With a degree in Business Administration Jon accepted a position in a financial services firm. It wasn’t long before he knew he needed to find a different way to use his skills and satisfy his philanthropic soul.
He is fulfilled by working with generous people whom he can help to not only give, but gain maximum benefits from giving. Jon is aware that money does not fulfill you. What money can do will fulfill you.
Oh, and that surprise gift … Jon was a grant writer in the Boston area. A very large funder went through a reorganization and suspended giving for a year. This represented $30 to $40k annually. Up to that point Jon had been rigorous with reporting and sharing the impact of this funder’s support. Year in and year out Jon made sure they knew what happened with their funds and what it meant to recipients who benefitted from them. Right before Jon and his wife were leaving to move to Colorado he got “the call”. The funder was ready to give again and had selected just 10 recipients of the many agencies they had traditionally funded. There was no solicitation, no written request. Because of Jon’s relationship and the care and respect he showed for the support of this funder, Jon’s organization received $100,000.
When he’s not working at DU, or volunteering with CPGR you can find Jon helping at his kids’ school as well as sharing monthly dinners with families with special needs kids and adults. Jon walks his talk personally and professionally.
Welcome, Jon Kraus.
Hannah Yaritz, Senior Director, CCS Fundraising
Hannah Yaritz originally joined CPGR in 2013 and has been elected to the board effective January 2018. Her initial contact with CPGR was as a protégé through the mentorship program, and she was fortunate enough to have Paul Jonas assigned as her mentor. Through CPGR, Hannah states she has learned from colleagues and especially benefitted from the knowledge she has gained, the stories she has shared, and opportunities to bounce ideas off of others. Most importantly, though, she credits the Summer Symposium—and she is on her 3rd year serving on the planning committee.
Hannah grew up in the Midwest in St. Paul, MN and attended Marquette University in Milwaukee. Two years after college, she began working in the nonprofit sector doing marketing and communications, and quickly realized there were more job opportunities on the fundraising side of the aisle, so she switched her focus. After two years serving as an AmeriCorps VISTA (Volunteer in Service to America), Hannah joined CCS Fundraising, and was sent to Denver in 2011 to work with the Archdiocese of Denver on a $35M campaign, where she fell in love with the state of Colorado. She later returned to Colorado to work at Denver Zoo soliciting major, annual and planned gifts to support the organization’s mission. She is now back at CCS as a Senior Director working with clients in all sectors in the Western United States.
Hannah lives in the Denver Highlands neighborhood with her 2 fur babies, an 8 year old cat who’s been with her since Wisconsin and a deaf, 4 year old Australian Shepherd/Great Pyrenees mix she rescued after moving to Denver. She is very active with the Marquette alumni association, and is a Past President of the local club. She stays involved with their service days, basketball parties (Go Golden Eagles!), hikes, and more. She serves on the board of her neighborhood association and also volunteers with Girl Scouts. She’d also like to throw down a challenge to any jigsaw puzzle aficionados—she competed in timed Jigsaw competitions for many years.