“Fight for the things you care about, but do it in a way that will lead others to join you.” -Ruth Bader Ginsburg

“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.” -Margaret Mead


Renee Davis

Western Springs, IL

Renee joined the team at Evolve in 2021 and has over 16 years of nonprofit experience. She has extensive knowledge of annual campaign planning, board and staff development, major gift strategy and crafting development communications. Renee believes partnership and relationship building is the key to all successful fundraising programs, and she approaches client work with an entrepreneurial mindset to maximize resources and efficiencies. Renee has experience raising funds for large and small institutions, and her passion for the social sector and deep knowledge of fundraising drives measurable results for organizations of all sizes.

Before joining Evolve, Renee led projects helping nonprofits build refreshed fundraising and communication plans and optimize people, data and systems to achieve mission impact. Prior to consulting, Renee was the Director of Development at The People’s Music School, where she oversaw all development and marketing efforts leading to triple digit growth during her tenure. Earlier in her career, Renee led individual giving and board management activities at the Art Institute of Chicago, as well as Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago, where she managed high level volunteers and large scale events during a $700 million capital campaign.



Recent clients

  • Rustandy Center at University of Chicago Booth School of Business
  • Youth Services of Glenview/Northbrook
  • Kaplen JCC on the Palisades
  • Ignatian Spirituality Project
  • Home Centered Care Institute


Master of Arts in Nonprofit Management, DePaul University

Bachelor of Arts in Speech Communications, Minor in Marketing, Miami University of Ohio


Renee enjoys running, playing tennis and golf, hosting BBQs and dinner parties and planning family travel adventures.