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Claudia Nichols Cunningham

Claudia Nichols Cunningham

Director, Gift Planning

Claudia Nichols Cunningham joined CFAAC as our new Director of Gift Planning in August 2020. She will be responsible for cultivating and stewarding relationships with current and prospective donors, as well as professional advisors, including members of the Anne Arundel Estate Planning Council (AAEPC) to assist with trusts, estate planning, and other deferred gifts to help their clients achieve a lasting philanthropic legacy in the community.

Claudia has over 20 years of fundraising experience building strong, lasting donor relationships. She has personally raised over $20 million in her career. Prior to joining CFAAC, Claudia held leadership fundraising positions at prominent academic institutions, most recently as Assistant Vice President of Development and Alumni Relations for the School of Engineering and Applied Science at the George Washington University and before that as Director of Major Gifts at the U.S. Naval Academy Foundation. She also served as Interim Director of Development and Assistant Director of Development and Alumni Relations at Johns Hopkins University’s continuing education school, named at the time, the School of Professional Studies in Business and Education, and ran the Johns Hopkins University Phonathon.

Claudia holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Goucher College in Art and English Writing and currently serves on the Goucher College Campaign Committee. She also studied Business Administration at Johns Hopkins University. Claudia has lived in Maryland for over 30 years and worked in Anne Arundel County for a number of those years both professionally and in volunteer roles. She is an avid reader and photographer. She and her husband love to travel and are raising a newly adopted puppy.