Chas has been involved in philanthropy his whole life... from his first involvement with a Adopt-A-Brick campaign for the Maryland Science Center in the 1970's to all the various work and client projects over the years. He is president and owner of the firm of Forward/Miller LLC, and he has over 35 years of experience working with non-profit organizations.
Currently serves as a member of the Board of the Newport Art Museum, the Havana Heritage Foundation, is a founding member of the American University of Paris President’s Alumni Advisory Council, serves on Newport Symposium Committee of the Preservation Society of Newport County – the Newport Mansions -- plus their Kingscote House Committee. Until recently, he served as Vice Chair of International Art & Artists in Washington, DC. He is a member of the Olana Emeritus Council; he previously served on the Curatorial Committee of Olana State Historic Site and had served as Vice Chair of the Board of Trustees of The Olana Partnership. Olana is the home and estate of 19th Century Hudson River School painter Frederic Edwin Church. Former chair of the Hudson Opera House Advisory Board, he also served as a member of a funding committee for the Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation, and served as a founding member of the Board of the Northwest Connecticut Arts Council.
One of the long-time clients of Forward/Miller was Sir John Soane’s Museum Foundation (2005-2018). Chas also served for five years (2004-2009) as Senior Consultant at Columbia University’s Office of University Programs and Events in the Office of the President. Prior to launching ForwardMiller in 1994, he worked at the American Academy in Rome in the development office and played a major role in coordinating all aspects of their 1994 Centennial celebrations in Washington, DC, New York, and Rome. Before joining the staff of the American Academy, he worked with the National Trust for Historic Preservation in Washington, DC.
Regarding philanthropy, Chas has a broad range of experience and knowledge in dealing with donations, targeted solicitations, and giving opportunities. Having worked in communities from Washington, DC to upstate New York and from the Connecticut Valley to now Rhode Island, he has the unique perspective of someone actively involved with not-for-profit organizations and philanthropy. His personal involvement includes:
- counseling over 75 organizations on special events, fund-raising and positioning
- serving as the Executive Director of a private foundation, plus serves as Trustee to several private trusts
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