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.