About us

Who We Are


Established in 2000, Christine Gavin & Company has served as a professional consulting firm in the philanthropic sector for two decades; during this time, The Gavin Company has helped nonprofits raise over $350 million through events, annual fund development, capital campaigns, and research initiatives.


Our Mission


Is to increase access, opportunity and impact for both the non-profit organizations we serve and philanthropic corporations, foundations and individuals that believe in access and opportunity for all.

What We Do

We specialize in supporting and strengthening multicultural non-profit leaders and organizations that work with the complexities of critical social problems including poverty and education, health and wellness, safety, arts and culture, social justice, and gender equality. Our methods include strategic organizational development, fundraising, qualitative and quantitative research, program design and evaluation, and conference and event management. 


Christine Gavin, Founder & CEO

Prior to returning to her hometown Detroit, Michigan in the year 2000, Christine Gavin worked as a personal event planner for multinational individuals in Hong Kong and China. Between 1990 and 1997 she founded and ran Michigan Lifestyles Inc., a private personal event planning and concierge service. Between 1987 and 1990, she worked as a social secretary to the French nobility, Arnaud D’ Pollini, organizing family and business matters between Paris, the French Riviera and the French Alps. Christine earned her Bachelors of Arts degree from Michigan State University and studied language at Paris-Sorbonne University, France. Christine speaks nationally on issues relating to equity, social justice, racial and gender equality, and related topics in philanthropy.

Elizabeth Nanas, Vice President of Philanthropic Innovation & Impact

Elizabeth Nanas is an educator specializing in collaborative learning, cross-cultural communication, and qualitative research execution. She holds a Master of Education (M.Ed) and has 20 years of professional experience in K-12, post-secondary, and automotive learning communities. She has taught and conducted research for the Wayne State University Department of Anthropology and College of Engineering Management Master’s Program. Nanas has been awarded a King-Chavez-Parks Future Faculty Fellowship at Wayne State University and a Dow Chemical Hong Kong Research Fellowship at the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology. Her work has been published in Anthropology News, Anthropology of Work, SAGE Reference Series on Green Society, Society for Applied Anthropology, and United Nations Division for the Advancement of Women. Nanas lives with her partner and three cats in metropolitan Detroit.

Our 20-Year Perspective on Philanthropy

Because we have worked within lower socioeconomic, multi-ethnic, multi-faith, multi-generational, and other diverse communities, we have witnessed the depth of social inequities and funding disparities that these communities often face. We know from a professional perspective and lived experience how the need for social mobility is impacting our communities in ways that are both multilocal and multivocal.

We are currently experiencing a rapid shift in the demographic makeup of our country that inevitably amplifies social needs, specifically the philanthropic investments that are made into the non-profit organizations and leaders that service our expanding communities of diversity.