Chris Sar, CFRE, MA, Vice President for the Southwest Region, has been with the Company since 2018 and his work with The Cagney Company includes The Japanese Friendship Garden, the YMCA, and Ballet Arizona. He has primary responsibility for Arizona, New Mexico, Utah, Nevada and Colorado. Chris is the Founder of Cascalote Philanthropic Consulting, and has over 25 years of experience in all areas of fundraising including: planned giving, prospect research, constituent management, data screening and analysis, grant writing, annual giving, major gifts and capital campaigns. Chris was Director of Planned Giving at Phoenix Children’s Hospital Foundation for four years, having also served as Director of Prospect Management and Annual Giving and Research Director with the Hospital for over 10 years. A fifth generation Arizonan, Chris also holds a bachelor’s degree from Arizona State University in intercultural communication and political science, as well as a master’s degree from Thunderbird School of Global Management. Chris is past Chapter President of the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) Global–Greater Arizona Chapter, and has been active with the Association for Healthcare Philanthropy (AHP), APRA–the Association of Professional Researchers for Advancement (past Arizona Chapter President), Planned Giving Roundtable of Arizona, and the Woodmark Group of children’s hospitals. In addition, Chris has written articles and presented at local and national conferences on topics including planned gift recording and management, prospect research methodology, the future of grateful patient fundraising programs and fundraising ethics. When Chris is not spending time with his wife, three children, four rescue dogs and a cat, he is also active with many community groups.

Global Associate Vincent Law is the recipient of the Inaugural APAC Kindness and Leadership 50 Leading Lights organized by the Women of the Future UK, together with Saïd Business School, University of Oxford, and the Financial Times. This campaign showcases 50 leaders building a new status quo, impacting others through kindness. The award recognizes kindness as a strength in leadership, as a quality and a currency that empowers change. Vincent is based in Hong Kong.


The Cagney Company is pleased to announce the appointment of new senior global associate Roger D. Ali, MBA, C.Dir, CFRE, an accomplished executive with 20+ years nonprofit management experience delivering high-impact results through strategy development, relationship building and philanthropy. He is an authentic leader with deep C-level operational management experience and a passionate sector advocate serving on and working with diverse boards and stakeholder groups. Roger is a strategist and team coach with a proven track record of leading teams and comprehensive fundraising and marketing programs to raise $120 million+, including several capital and endowment campaigns. 

Leadership roles include having served as President and CEO of the Niagara Health Foundation, where he doubled philanthropic income in less than four years  and Vice President of Development at Hamilton Health Sciences Foundation, where he doubled income from $3 million to $6 million during his tenure. Roger has also served as Executive Director of the Bishop Strachan School Foundation, and as Director of Resource Development nationally for the Parkinson Society Canada.

He serves on the board of directors and a member of the Governance for Imagine Canada; member of the Literacy Circle at The Charity Report; and past board member of the Hamilton Niagara Halton Brant (HNHB) Community Care Access Centre. He currently also serves on the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) Global; where he is Secretary. He is the immediate Past Chair of the AFP Foundation for Philanthropy Canada; past President of the AFP Golden Horseshoe Chapter, where he was awarded the Recipient of Outstanding Leadership Award in 2017, and past Board Member of the AFP Toronto Chapter. He is also a member of the Association of Healthcare Professionals.

Roger holds a Chartered Director (C. Dir) designation in Governance from the DeGroote School of Business, McMaster University; an MBA from Athabasca University; a BA from McMaster University as well as a Post Graduate Certificate in Administration and Management, and is a Certified Fundraising Executive. He  has continued nonprofit executive level education at Harvard and Stanford University. Roger resides in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada.

Publication News

New book on nonprofit governance

Global Associates Simona Biancu and Alberto Cuttica published “Board in Fila Prima” (Board in the First Row) in September 2020.

The governing bodies of nonprofit organizations often find themselves “in a complicated relationship” with the fundraising activity and with those who manage it. This is a relationship confounded by misunderstandings, unrealized expectations and possible frustrations. Not everyone is always rowing in the same direction of ensuring the sustainability of the organization through full involvement and equal collaboration between those who have the reins of the organization and fundraisers. This book outlines ways in which this complicated relationship can be remade to the good of the organization and the mutual benefit of all.

Book review in June 2020 Nonprofit Quarterly

Read review of “Global Best Practices for CSO, NGO and Other Nonprofit Boards” in the June 2020 issue of the Nonprofit Quarterly  here.

Chinese edition now available

“Global Best Practices for CSO, NGO and Other Nonprofit Boards” has been published in Chinese by the Shanghai University Finance and Economic Press. Buy it here.

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