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Shaun Shira, CAP

Major and Planned Gifts Director

sshira@grfoundation.org

616.454.1751 x139

Joined the Community Foundation:
2012

Inspirational Quote:

If there be any truer measure of a man than by what he does, it must be by what he gives.

Robert South

What Shaun does:

Shaun explores ways to introduce new donors to the Community Foundation through the creation of donor advised, unrestricted, field of interest, scholarship and nonprofit endowment funds. He manages the efforts of the Advisory Council and strengthens relationships with professional advisors in order to increase referrals. He holds the CAP (Chartered Advisor In Philanthropy) designation from the American College of Financial Services, he earned the designation in 2015. 

What he did before:

Shaun previously spent eight years in the University Development office at Grand Valley State University, where his role included personal solicitation, volunteer management and young donor engagement. Shaun received a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in Marketing and a Master's of Public Administration degree in Nonprofit Management and Leadership, both from Grand Valley State University. 

When Shaun’s not working:

When he isn’t volunteering in the community, you’ll likely find Shaun playing softball or watching a Detroit Tigers game. 

A few of Shaun's favorite things…

Nonprofit:
Ele's Place
Place to send out-of-towners:
On a brewery tour
Place to eat or drink:
Slow's BBQ in the Downtown Market
Part of his job:
Learning about the very diverse philanthropic interests of community leaders

Shaun's Recent Posts

Considering Your Philanthropic Journey

Donors give for a variety of reasons. For some, the mission of the nonprofit aligns with their values. For others, a life experience may have influenced where they direct their philanthropic support. Some donors simply give because they were asked [...]

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