CRAIG CICHY - bio
Craig Cichy has developed his 25-year career in a wide-ranging variety of roles, but he views his work in corporate philanthropy and non-profit program management as the most rewarding and personally gratifying years of his life. Craig often cites his career being divided into two halves, the first half managing dozens of special events in the sports/recreation industry, and later managing philanthropic activities for an iconic consumer brand, as well as for publicly-recognized individuals.
In April 2013, Craig formed Philanthropy Matters LLC to assist, consult and manage the philanthropic activities of individuals and corporations dedicated to charitable work and community involvement. Utilizing over 10 years of corporate social responsibility and charitable service experience, he is consistently trusted to lead philanthropic efforts in areas of personal interest of his clients, including programs addressing breast cancer, autism, animal rescue and welfare, and various commercial co-venture projects.
Current clients include Right Action for Women (Christina Applegate), Fair and Just Prosecution, Liberty Hill Foundation, and the Social Impact Fund. Prior clients included Carrie Ann Inaba and Do Good/Make Money.
Craig joined the Entertainment Industry Foundation (EIF) as Program Officer in June 2009, overseeing grants portfolios relating to international health and social services, and other community-based initiatives totaling $12-15 million annually. Soon after joining EIF, he quickly streamlined the grants review and reporting processes, resulting in a more appropriate and grantee-friendly process. Craig’s role then expanded to oversee the philanthropic work of a growing number of high-profile individual and institutional clients within the entertainment industry. Clients included Charlize Theron, Christina Applegate, Carrie Ann Inaba, Holly Robinson Peete, the Black Eyed Peas, and Comedy Central, among EIF-sponsored initiatives, such as the EIF Women’s Cancer Research Fund and the EIF Revlon Run/Walk for Women (NY & LA).
Prior to joining EIF, he served as Director of the M∙A∙C AIDS Fund, the NYC-based global charitable initiative of M∙A∙C Cosmetics for six years. Craig supervised an annual grants portfolio totaling $8-10 million, and assisted with the strategic direction of the Fund’s global grant making activities specific to HIV/AIDS services and prevention. In addition, he directed M∙A∙C’s corporate participation in charitable events, created education and awareness campaigns for corporate and field employees, and managed the content of the Fund’s website. He developed global messaging for five of M∙A∙C’s annual World AIDS Day campaigns and other company-wide programs, including launches for 4 editions of the iconic M∙A∙C VIVA GLAM product line. By 2006, Craig propelled M∙A∙C Cosmetics to the highest grossing corporate fundraising team in NYC AIDS Walk history, a position that M∙A∙C continues to hold today. From 2006-2008, he represented the M∙A∙C AIDS Fund on the Advisory Committee of the New York Community Trust.
Previously, Craig was Events Manager/Associate Producer for SFX Sports/Clear Channel for 5 years, producing dozens of professional figure skating competitions and other sports programming for network and cable television under the direction of Dick Button (2-time Olympic Champion and legendary ABC Sports Announcer). Events included the World Professional Figure Skating Championship (NBC), US Pro (ABC), World Team Championships (CBS), The Gold Championships (NBC), The Superstars (ABC) and others. While working with world’s top skaters and athletes, he also successfully managed relationships with corporate event sponsors, including NutraSweet, Hallmark, 20th Century Fox, Equal Sweetener, Northwestern Mutual Life and Cotton Inc. He served as Researcher for ABC Sports at the 2000 U.S. National Figure Skating Championships in Salt Lake City, UT.
For five years, he was National Programs Manager for the Ice Skating Institute, formerly based in Chicago, IL. His role grew to not only include events management, but also to assist in implementing and updating the national standards for recreational skating competitions, testing guidelines, coaching education and judges training, many of which are still followed today.
In February 2014, Craig joined the Advisory Council of the National AIDS Monument.
While obtaining his B.A. in Journalism from The Ohio State University, he had the unique opportunity to intern at CNN’s Washington, DC Bureau during the 1988 Presidential campaign and election. He currently resides in Los Angeles.
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Philanthropy ALWAYS starts with something personal.