About Sharilyn

Sharilyn Hale - Watermark Philanthropic Counsel

Sharilyn Hale, Ed.D, C. Dir, CFRE, President
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Dr. Sharilyn Hale partners with those who want to make the world better. She enables generous individuals, families and organizations to identify and achieve their philanthropic goals, and deepen their performance.  With a 20+ year leadership career spanning the social profit sector, she draws on expertise in philanthropic strategy, family systems, organizational development, governance and research.

Serving clients across Canada and the Caribbean, Sharilyn is an advisor with NYC-based 21/64 to support multi-generational family philanthropy, and she is enrolled in the Family Enterprise Advisor (FEA) program.  She is also a governance advisor and trainer with BoardSource, a Chartered Director (C.Dir) and member of the Institute of Corporate Directors.

Sharilyn has a deep history and track record in local and international philanthropic communities.  She serves on the Board of the Toronto Public Library Foundation, is a leadership volunteer for the Imagine Canada accreditation program for charities in Canada, and was a Provincial Appointee to the Ontario Trillium Foundation, which is Canada’s largest grant-making foundation.  Having begun her career as a professional fundraiser, Sharilyn is Past Chair of CFRE International, the global credential ensuring effective and accountable fundraising.  She has deep expertise in women’s philanthropy, and prior to establishing Watermark, Sharilyn created and led YWCA Toronto’s women-driven campaign for the award-winning $80 million Elm Centre providing affordable and supportive homes for women.

She is an invited speaker and educator to professional communities around the world, and has written or co-authored numerous publications including Achieving Excellence in Fundraising (3rd ed. 2011, Wiley), Excellence in Fundraising in Canada (2011, Civil Sector Press), as well as “Giving in the Caribbean” for the Palgrave Handbook on Global Philanthropy (2015).

Recently, Sharilyn successfully defended her doctoral dissertation on governance in multi-generational family philanthropy in Canada.  She is a Research Associate with the Centre for Global Generosity, exploring HNW philanthropy in the Caribbean.  She also serves as a member of the Advisory Council for Canada’s first graduate degree program in Philanthropy and Nonprofit Leadership at Carleton University; a program initiated by a group of sector leaders  – including Sharilyn – who saw a need to build Canada’s philanthropic capacity.

Affiliations

Sharilyn’s network within the local and global philanthropic and nonprofit communities is extensive. To best meet your needs, Sharilyn is able to easily and effectively draw on or partner with other world-leading experts. She is also affiliated with the following organizations:

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