Chris McLeod is a licensed attorney with more than 20 years of fundraising experience. She is the President and Founder of Giving Matters, Inc., an intentionally small consulting firm focused on providing counsel to individuals, families, private foundations, donor-advised funds and businesses that want to make a difference with their charitable giving.
Prior to founding Giving Matters, Chris McLeod held leadership roles at Habitat for Humanity, UNC Chapel Hill’s Kenan-Flagler Business School and Foundation For The Carolinas, one of the 10 largest community foundations in the country with over $1 billion in assets.
Chris is the co-founder of The Institute for Philanthropic Leadership and its inaugural program, Leadership Gift School, a program designed and developed in partnership with Karla Williams, ACFRE, to teach nonprofit executive directors and development directors how to cultivate individuals for major gifts.
She is a member of the Charlotte Estate Planning Council, North Carolina Planned Giving Council, Partnership for Philanthropic Planning and Women Executives. She currently serves on the board of directors and chairs the Development Committee of the Women’s Impact Fund, one of the largest and fastest-growing collective giving circles in the country. Chris is a member of 100 Women Who Care, an international women’s giving circle in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico.
Known for her practical and passionate approach to “making a difference forever,” Chris is a writer and frequent presenter at national and regional conferences and donor gatherings.
Chris earned her undergraduate degree in Political Science from Wheaton College in Norton, Massachusetts and her law degree from American University.