Member Spotlight (#24)
Member Spotlight: Christopher Myers
What's your day job?
Governance and Membership Growth Manager at Voices for Progress
Why did you join the Next Gen Giving Circle?
I joined NGGC at the end of 2020 for two reasons — to be part of a local philanthropic community and to gain a deeper understanding of giving circles. I have several donors across the country who participate in various giving circles and appreciate the peer-to-peer interaction. In order to have a deeper understanding of what they experience, I need to put myself “in their shoes.” I also care deeply about our region and love everything it offers. It’s part of my mission to give back to the community in all the ways I can and we all know what that is — our time, our talent, and our treasure.
What topic or nonprofit cause are you passionate about?
My first job in the nonprofit space was with a national gun violence prevention organization. At the time I never knew anyone who was affected by gun violence, but during my three years there I met countless families who lost loved ones to senseless gun violence. And sadly in October 2017 a friend of mine was murdered by his roommate. It was then in that moment I knew part of my life needs to be dedicated to ending this violence.
When I’m not working I love cycling through our region and exploring new neighborhoods. Another passion of mine is cycling advocacy and making the streets safer for everyone to ride their two wheels on them. When I’m not cycling on our streets, you can easily find me on any of our regions trails. It was our neighborhood trail back home in Pittsburgh, PA that developed my love of cycling and being outdoors.
How are you staying inspired?
I’m a big believer in the benefits of continuing education. I have mapped out numerous opportunities to continue my growth and sharpen my skills in not only fundraising, but in the philanthropic community itself. I recently took a course at the Lilly School to build a better foundation on the art of fundraising.
Anything else you’d like to share with members?
Continue the great work everyone in this Circle is doing. We are the next generation of leaders taking on some rather large and difficult issues. Keep fighting the fight!