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Chrissie Howorth, CFRE

Chrissie HoworthChrissie Howorth joined VNA in 2012 as Associate Vice President of Development, and was promoted to Vice President of Philanthropy and Business Relations in 2014. Chrissie holds the Certified Fund Raising Executive credential from CFRE International and is responsible for donor engagement and stewardship, capital and major gift development, special events, planned giving activities and corporation/foundation grant-writing and development activities. She oversees planning, budgeting, and implementing the annual development funds. In addition, Chrissie identifies and pursues opportunities to expand or create new VNA services and programs and builds community relationships that help sustain VNA.


Prior to joining VNA, Chrissie was Education Site Manager for Mayslake Peabody Estate, an educational and cultural facility listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Mayslake is owned and operated by the Forest Preserve District of DuPage County. In this role, Chrissie was responsible for developing and implementing a master plan for the facility and developing and managing the fundraising program to support the restoration and site operations. She provided oversight at Mayslake for multiple historic restoration projects and $5.5m of infrastructure improvements that were carried out at the Estate during her tenure.


Chrissie is Vice-Chair of the non-profit Foundation, Friends of the Forest Preserve District of DuPage County and is the immediate Past-President of the West Suburban Philanthropic Network and previously served as President and Vice-President of the organization. She also served as Vice-President of the Oak Brook Historical Society and Co-Chair of the Oak Brook Historic Preservation Fund Committee. She is an agented author and playwright and a member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators.


Chrissie is a graduate of the Kent and Canterbury School of Nursing in England. She also holds a certificate in Therapeutic Child Care from the University of Greenwich, England and a certificate in Fundraising Management from the Fund Raising School at Indiana-Purdue University, Indianapolis.



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