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Chris Kasavich, MBA, CFRE

  • Senior Director of Philanthropic Resources, University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center

Chris Kasavich has been a professional fundraiser for fifteen years serving in a variety of positions and nonprofit sectors.

He began his career in fundraising at Rice University as their first Leadership Giving officer for Annual Giving before joining their Major Gifts team. After four years he joined the Houston Symphony as Director of Corporate Relations, where he managed the Corporate Relations team in engaging and stewarding corporate partners.

Chris joined Baylor College of Medicine as Director of Annual Giving and during his tenure more than doubled the performance of the annual giving program. Currently, as a Senior Director of Philanthropic Resources at the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, Chris is focused on raising major gifts to support the $1B Moon Shots campaign. Additionally Chris is responsible for the creation and oversight of midlevel giving programs.

Chris earned his CFRE in 2009 and graduated with honors from the University of Houston Bauer College of Business with an MBA in 2010. He earned his undergraduate degree from Trinity University in San Antonio.

Through AFP, AHP, CASE, and the Center for Philanthropy and Nonprofit Leadership at Rice University he has presented seminars and coursework on corporate giving, annual giving, midlevel giving, major and principal gifts, and the recruitment and retention of development officers.

Chris lives in Houston with his wife and daughter.