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In conversation with Mary Shaffer

United Way of Greater Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey recently welcomed Mary Shaffer to the team as Chief Development Officer.

Learn a bit more about Mary and her journey to United Way:


What drew you to United Way’s mission?  

This is an exciting time in United Way’s history, and I look forward to collaborating with all stakeholders to advance equity and prosperity in our region. I am thrilled to have the opportunity to secure urgently needed resources for United Way that will help eliminate multi-generational poverty and enhance our region's quality of life.

How or why did you get engaged with fundraising as a career path? 

I want to take a very practical role in helping to build a better world.

What’s something that you wish more people knew in regards to your work?

Making a philanthropic gift to invest in a better future for our community brings donors great pride and satisfaction.  It brings me joy to facilitate such meaningful and impactful gifts.

Do you have a favorite book or inspirational quote that resonates with you?

“I am seeking, I am striving, I am in it with all my heart.” - Vincent van Gogh

Do you have a hidden talent?  

Long before I was a fundraiser, I was a professional ballroom dancer.

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