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Chris Bingley

Chris Bingley is a strategic leader with expertise across the full spectrum of advancement engagement, donor pipeline generation and major campaigns. Chris brings expertise as a senior advancement leader and experienced business strategist to amplify comprehensive donor engagement and maximize the investment return of RNL partners.

Previous experience

Chris served as associate vice president/chief operations officer for advancement at Gonzaga University (WA). He also served as vice president for advancement services/annual giving at Washington State University. Prior to that position, he served at the University of Idaho as director, annual giving/advancement services.


Chris received his MS in higher education administration from the University of Idaho and holds a bachelor’s degree from Rocky Mountain College (MT).

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Recent Presentations and Content

Webinar: Chief Advancement Officer Panel at the RNL Advancement Innovation Summit

Blog: Innovation in Fundraising Is More Than Duct Tape and Bailing Twine

Podcast: The impact of COVID on higher education donor engagement

Quotes from Chris

“Higher education is about a lifetime relationship, and your supporters want a lifetime of value. Your advancement investment should span that full lifetime.”

“Driving meaningful engagement in philanthropy will absolutely require us to break from the status quo. Traditional higher education is under fire, and we need to engage donors with the tools and technology being used successfully in the commercial world to gain and keep donor attention.”

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