David L. Cotugno serves as Senior Gift Officer at Communities In Schools of Chicago. In this capacity, Dave focuses on securing major gifts and working with the Board of Directors and key stakeholders to ensure the organization’s sustainable growth. Dave started working at Communities In Schools in September 2019. His portfolio includes a wide array of families, individuals, corporations, and foundations.
Prior to CIS-Chicago, Dave spent 8 years working for Cradles to Crayons, most recently as Associate Director of Development in their Chicago office, which he helped open in August 2016. In his role at C2C-Chicago, Dave led the fundraising, events, and marketing to ensure annual goals were met. Additionally, Dave managed three of the organization's leadership Councils and led their two signature events, which raised more than $1M annually for the organization.
In his tenure at the C2C-Chicago office, he brought the organization from a start-up with a $1.2M budget, to a robust organization with 20 staff members and a $3.5M budget that serves 82,500 Chicagoland children annually.
Dave sits on the Board of the Serve IL Foundation, Young Nonprofit Professionals Network of Chicago (YNPN Chicago), and NBCUniversal Community Action Board. He received his degree from Ithaca College, where he studied Business Administration with a dual concentration in Marketing and Management.
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