Heather Quaas-Annsa:

New Philanthropy Director Pursues Creative Funding Strategies

Heather M. Quaas-Annsa, the new Director of Philanthropy for CSS, has hit the ground running in that important position with many ideas to expand the financial base of the organization.

The increase in the number of clients served during the past year and the hiring of new employees to accommodate the expansion means CSS will be finding creative ways to establish strong and stable funding—which is nothing new for this community-based nonprofit.

Heather M. Quaas-Annsa comes to CSS with a wealth of experience in nonprofit board development, grant writing, planned giving, stewardship, event planning, and major gift fundraising. She has an extensive track record of successfully managing for profit-based as well as nonprofit organizations, most recently as Executive Director of Peace Harbor Medical Center Foundation in Florence.

“I love what CSS is all about,” says Heather. “I feel very fortunate to have an  opportunity to be a part of this amazing program.

“This organization does so much more than just provide a place for someone to sleep. We help our residents work through the issues that caused them to become homeless in the first place– things like food insecurity, trauma, addiction, medical or dental issues, and joblessness.

“By addressing these underlying issues and creating a safe, welcoming peer-support network within our Safe Spot Communities, residents can finally focus on the future. This can mean improved health, long-term employment, and stable housing opportunities are no longer just dreams, but real possibilities!”

“These opportunities can really make a huge difference in people’s lives that will create real and lasting change.”

Heather will be building on the work of previous development staff members including Kristin Fay de Buhr, Tara Hubbird, Annie Herz, and Pujita Mayeda, who have created a strong financial foundation for CSS. She will be leading the CSS Development Team in seeking out additional funding sources, including grants, and expanding the donor base.

Heather’s professional background outside of the nonprofit world includes work as a paralegal and county court clerk, debt collection manager, and call center supervisor.

She’s a frequent volunteer and constant advocate for a variety of community organizations including the United Way of Lane County and Parenting Now. She has also served in several capacities for the Bethel School District, including the Budget Committee and the Superintendent Search Committee. She is currently president of the Bethel Education Foundation Board of Directors.

Heather resides in Springfield with her husband, Craig, their three kids, and a plethora of pets and plants.