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Sharon Shepard-Ballen, CFRE, Consulting Associate

With over 30 years’ experience working with various non-profits as an Assistant Vice President for Institutional Advancement, Director of Development, Senior Director of Leadership Gifts and consultant in philanthropy, Sharon Shepard-Ballen has worked with non-profit organizations developing, implementing, and managing fundraising programs for healthcare, higher education and social services. Most recently Sharon raised over $11.2 million for research and scholarships for Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute to help close out a $1.4 billion campaign.

As a consultant, Sharon has served as interim Director of Development for several non-profits with the responsibility of building annual and major giving programs. In addition, she has led many comprehensive campaigns including Berkshire Health Systems (Pittsfield, MA); the American Cancer Society and several social service agencies such as United Cerebral Palsy (MA); and the New England Center for Change (MA). Her responsibilities have included conducting feasibility studies, auditing development programs, developing and implementing campaign plans, building volunteer support and identifying the prospects who have the capability to help reach and exceed the campaign goal.

Sharon is a board member and past president of the NY Hudson Mohawk chapter of the Association for Fundraising Professionals (AFP) and has recently been awarded certification as a master trainer by AFP. She has also been a board member for the Pittsfield (MA) YMCA; United Cerebral Palsy; the Rotary Club of Pittsfield; and Berkshire United Way. She currently volunteers for Tanglewood (Lenox, MA) the Boston Symphony Orchestra’s summer home in the Berkshires.

Sharon and her husband live in Massachusetts and Florida.