Steve Harrison will become the next president at CDR Fundraising Group, joining CEO Lisa Scott Benson in Los Angeles, where the Bowie, Md.-based direct response fundraising agency is building its West Coast presence.
Harrison previously served as chief client officer at One & All, which rebranded in early 2018 following the merger of Russ Reid and Grizzard.
This is CDR’s third high-profile hire of a Russ Reid executive in as many years. In 2017, the firm hired Lois Ephraim, who had been vice president and executive creative director at Russ Reid, as chief creative strategist. That was followed in April 2018 by Scott Benson becoming CEO after she was chief strategy officer and then president of One & All. Russ Reid and Grizzard were merged in 2017 by parent company, the DAS Group of Companies (DAS), which is part of Omnicom Group, Inc.
“Steve’s commitment to the nonprofit sector and the clients he serves is unsurpassed,” said Scott Benson. “His focus on relationships and results, combined with his uncanny ability to understand and capitalize on emerging trends, will ensure our clients continue to grow and succeed in this dynamic fundraising environment,” she said.
“Steve is well known for his leadership in the nonprofit sector and guiding the fundraising efforts for many of country’s top charities,” said Gretchen Littlefield, who jumped from Infogroup Media Solutions to become CEO of DM Moore Group in March. “His strong analytic and marketing skills make him an invaluable addition to CDR. Steve’s hiring bolsters the CDR leadership team’s deep fundraising pedigree and will fuel the company’s continued growth,” she said.
Founded in 1982, CDR is a member of Moore DM Group and provides a full suite of fundraising services to nonprofit clients. DM Moore Group acquired CDR in 2011 after snapping up three other fundraising agencies: Barton Cotton, Bernard Data Solutions and Resource One.