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September Luncheon: Blended Gifts featuring Cathy Sheffield

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2019 4th Avenue North

Birmingham, AL 35203

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Cathy Sheffield, MBA, CAP®, CFRE, CSPG

President, ThinkGiving | Fort Worth, TX

Presentation Title: Blended Gifts: Accomplishing Philanthropic Goals Today, Tomorrow and in Perpetuity!

Presenter Biography:

Cathy R. Sheffield is a fundraising executive with over 20 years experience, specializing in major gifts and gift planning. She is President of ThinkGiving, a consulting firm based in Fort Worth, Texas, which specializes in strategic philanthropy for nonprofits and individuals and in providing leadership and comprehensive major and planned gift consulting services to nonprofit organizations of all sizes. Cathy is also a Vice President with Thompson & Associates, offering estate planning services to nonprofits. Cathy has experience in healthcare and education for organizations such as All Saints Health Foundation, Texas Health Resources Foundation, Cook Children’s Health Foundation, Texas Christian University, The University of Texas at Arlington and the American Diabetes Association. Prior to living in North Texas, Cathy lived in Washington, DC and worked on Capitol Hill for United States Senator Byron L. Dorgan of North Dakota.

Cathy is the current Chair of the National Association of Charitable Gift Planners (formerly the Partnership for Philanthropic Planning), served as the 2015 Chair of the National Conference on Philanthropic Planning. Cathy is also a member of the CGP Leadership Institute, a program that provides education, networking and service opportunities for the nation’s most experienced charitable planners. Locally, Cathy is a member and past president of the Lone Star Council of PPP (Fort Worth) and a member and past officer of the North Texas Chapter of PPP (Dallas). In 2015, Cathy was honored by the Fort Worth Metro Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals with The Ben Franklin Award for the Outstanding Professional Fundraising Executive, the highest professional honor she has received. In May 2017, Cathy was given the Star Award from the Lone Star Council of Charitable Gift Planners for outstanding service to the council and profession.

Cathy received her MBA from Texas Christian University’s Neeley School of Business and a Bachelor of Science from North Dakota State University. Cathy is a Chartered Advisor in Philanthropy (CAP®), Certified Specialist in Planned Giving (CSPG), and a Certified Fundraising Executive (CFRE).

In her personal life, Cathy is a member of the Fort Worth Women’s Club and the Fort Worth Club. Cathy is a past-president of the board of directors for Camp Sanguinity, a camp for children with cancer and blood disorders. In addition to serving on the board for Camp Sanguinity, Cathy and her husband, Scott, volunteer as camp counselors for the week-long summer camp. Cathy and her husband reside in Fort Worth, Texas where they enjoy spending time with their 10-year old grandson.


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