Chris Richards

Chris Richards

Strategic Partner and Coach

Chris brings to Advancement Resources nearly 40 years of development experience, primarily in higher education.

His impressive professional journey began with leading and conceiving a capital campaign for the University of Wisconsin Law School. Additionally, Chris worked in various capacities for the University of Wisconsin Foundation: 10 years as a development officer and seven years as manager of UW’s $1.86 billion Create the Future capital campaign, before being promoted to Vice President and corporate officer in 2007. Five years later, Chris returned to his alma mater to become UW-Stevens Point’s initial Vice Chancellor for University Advancement, leading the institution’s first comprehensive capital campaign, a six-year effort that raised $41.5 million. His nine-year tenure saw five record years for fundraising, tripling UWSP’s endowment and assets in the process. He currently holds the title Vice Chancellor Emeritus from UW-Stevens Point.

Using his vast experiences, Chris’ responsibilities with Advancement Resources as a coach include one on one coaching to help development professionals define their goals and support them as they create a plan to achieve those goals.

Chris was drawn to philanthropy because of the values it reflects and inspires: People stepping outside of themselves, generously sharing with those they don’t know, providing opportunities for others they may never meet, activating the blessings of their lives to help compose a better world.