Director of Grants Management
Christopher Percopo serves as the Director of Grants Management at the Helmsley Charitable Trust. As one of the Trust’s first staff members, he has served in a variety of capacities and - in collaboration with staff, external consultants, and the trustees - has seen the organization grow from a staff of three to the philanthropic organization it is today. In his current role, Chris oversees the entire lifecycle of the Trust’s grantmaking, and his team provides technical assistance to internal and external audiences, ensuring that all grants remain compliant and are actively monitored. This includes managing the Trust’s online grant process, overseeing the grants database, creating and maintaining policies and procedures, and developing training materials. His department’s central role in the Trust’s grantmaking means he plays an active role in reporting within the organization and beyond. The grants management department also plays a key role in the grant testing portion of the annual audit, tracking grant-related budgets, and predicting cash needs for the organization.
Prior to joining the Trust, Chris primarily worked as a fundraiser for various nonprofits. In addition to fundraising, he aided the nonprofits he served in other critical endeavors. This included developing key performance indicators (KPIs) for social service programs and their desired short- and long-term outcomes, developing and executing strategic plans, facilitating a merger in order to eliminate duplicative administrative functions for organizations with similar missions, and assisting board development including the drafting of bylaws and governance.
Chris graduated from the George Washington University with a B.A. in Human Services (Nonprofit Management) and has a Master’s in Public Administration from Baruch College in New York City. His passion for public service has led him to present and train on a number of topics ranging from process development to nontraditional grantmaking, change management and building efficient practices. In addition to volunteering, he serves on two nonprofit boards, including the Grants Managers Network. Outside of work, Chris enjoys skiing, traveling and cooking.