Kris Ethington has nearly 30 years’ professional advancement research experience working on staff or as a consultant supporting multi-million dollar capital campaigns for national and regional nonprofit organizations.

Senior research analyst with extensive experience delivering highly effective actionable intelligence to strategically inform the fundraising decisions of non-profit organizations across a variety of disciplines. Demonstrated skill in providing quality research and analysis, prospect management, board recruitment due diligence, and pipeline development services during $100M+ capital fundraising campaigns. Successful in managing research priorities aligned with the short and long-term objectives of the entire enterprise.

Passionate and dedicated non-profit volunteer. Shares professional expertise as a non-profit board advisor, committee chair, and volunteer in the areas of program development, committee leadership, nonprofit communications, outreach/social media, volunteer recruitment and management, and fundraising/grant writing.

Employment History

Advancement Research Consultant
Ethington Research Services, San Clemente, CA
February 2000-Present

Manager, Development Research
Salk Institute for Biological Studies, La Jolla, CA
July 1997 – January 2000

Manager, Development Research
George Mason University, Fairfax, VA
October 1995 – April 1997

Manager, Prospect Research
Rady Children’s Hospital, San Diego, CA
September 1994 – June 1995

Manager, Development Research
Scripps Health, La Jolla, CA
January 1993 – October 1994

Coordinator, Prospect Research
Scripps Clinic and Research Fdn, La Jolla, CA
January 1991 – December 1992

Assistant, Prospect Research
Saddleback Memorial Hospital Fdn, Laguna Hills, CA
September 1989 – January 1991

Intern, Market Research, Marketing Department
Saddleback Memorial Medical Center, Laguna Hills, CA
March 1989 – May 1989


B.A. Business Administration – Marketing, California State University, Fullerton

Volunteer Affiliations

Board Advisor
San Onofre Parks Foundation

Committees – fundraising/grant writing, special events, scholarships, social media/outreach, environmental stewardship

Committee Chair & Youth Leader
San Clemente Garden Club

Scholarships, Jr. Gardeners, environmental stewardship


ALS Association (CA), Crohns & Colitis Foundation of America (NY), El Camino Hospital Foundation (CA), Gladstone Institutes (CA), Rady Children’s Hospital (CA), St. Helena Hospital Foundation (CA), MultiCare Good Samaritan Hospital (WA), Ukiah Valley Medical Center (CA), Dixie Regional Medical Center (UT), Kalispell Regional Medical Foundation (MT), Accordia Global Health Foundation (now Africare; DC), Legacy Health (OR), Steadman Philippon Research Institute (CO), Institute on Aging (CA), Easter Seals (CA), Orange County United Way (CA), Brian’s Wish (now Shatterproof; NY), St. John’s Hospital Foundation (WY), Campbell & Company (CA), The Greenwood Company (CA), Phillips & Associates (CA), Palomar College (CA), Community School of Sun Valley Idaho (ID), Annie Wright Schools (WA), Mission San Juan Capistrano (CA), Planned Parenthood (CA), Dumb Friends League (CO), and San Diego Humane Society (CA).

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