Cathy R. Sheffield is a fundraising executive with over 20 years experience, specializing in major gifts and gift planning. 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 past-chair of the National Association of Charitable Gift Planners (CGP), 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 CGP (Fort Worth) and a member and past officer of the North Texas Chapter of CGP (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. 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), Certified Fundraising Executive (CFRE), and a Fellow in Charitable Estate Planning (FCEP).
In her personal life, Cathy serves on the board of directors for Total K.O. Boxing Club, the mission for which is to improve the self-esteem, academic achievement, and wellness of low-income girls through non-contact boxing in a safe, clean, positive training environment. Cathy is a board member, past-president, and volunteer for Camp Sanguinity, a camp for children with cancer and blood disorders.