Sharon LeeMaster CFRE
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Sharon LeeMaster, CFRE

In-depth Information

Fields of Expertise:
Thirty-five years' experience nationally including capital campaigns, major gift cultivation and strategies, inauguration and implementation of planned giving, grant writing and donor recognition programs, corporate solicitation programs, annual giving, fund development planning and implementation, endowment building, strategic planning, philanthropic assessments, prospect research, resource and leadership development, database management, direct mail, brochure design.

Among the many organizations served as a Consultant for development/public relations/marketing:
  • San Diego Historical Society/Museum of San Diego History*
  • San Diego Natural History Museum*
  • Poway Center for the Performing Arts Foundation
  • Balboa Theatre, Horton Plaza*
  • Starlight Musical Theatre (Balboa Park)
  • Eveoke Dance Theatre
  • San Diego Education Fund
  • New Heritages Theatres (Gaslamp Quarter Theatre)
  • Erase the Stigma of Mental Illness for Serving Hands International
  • Maxwell Gluck Foundation
  • St Rose Dominican Hospitals Foundation (Las Vegas)*
  • Nativity Prep Academy (San Diego and Washington D.C.)
  • Casa De Amparo*
  • Osteopathic Center for Children and Families*
  • Osteopathy's Promise to Children*
  • La Costa Canyon High School Foundation
  • The Salvation Army, USA Western Territory
  • The Salvation Army, San Diego, Strategic Plan for implementation
  • of Joan Kroc gift
  • Girl Scouts, San Diego-Imperial Council
  • San Diego Children's Museum*
  • St. Paul's Senior Homes & Services Foundation*
  • San Diego Rescue Mission*
  • Home-Start
  • ALL for God
  • St. Madeleine Sophie's Center*
  • Ilan Lael Foundation (James Hubbell)
  • Lead consultant on a contract with the City of San Diego Commission for Arts and culture to assist 140 organizations increase contributed income.
*Indicates Capital Campaign

Position Summary:
  • Newspaper Reporter/feature writer, Seattle Post Intelligencer
  • Newspaper reporter Shelton Mason County Journal
  • Doug Fox Travel Service, International Department
  • San Diego Symphony, Public Relations Director
  • La Jolla Music Society, 1st Executive Director
  • Combined Arts & Education Council (COMBO), Director Annual Fund
  • San Diego Opera, Director of Development
  • Consulting firm in Fundraising & Public Relations
  • The Alford Group, a national consulting firm, as Vice President, Southwest Region, and Southwest Regional Manager
  • Consultant in Fundraising/Public Relations/Marketing, doing business as Sharon LeeMaster & Associates
Community Activities (Selected List):
  • President and Secretary, Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP), San Diego Chapter
  • National Board of Directors, AFP (Governing and Fundraising boards), 11 years
  • Chair, National Philanthropy Day for AFP 2004 (Attended by 700 community leaders and not-for-profit volunteers and staff)
  • National Philanthropy Day Honorary Committee for 2005 & 2006 event
  • Volunteer Recognition Committee, United Way, 2 years
  • Public Affairs Committee, Convention and Visitor's Bureau (ConVis), 3 years
  • HOST Program, ConVis, 4 years
  • Executive Committee, Good Scouts Sports Luncheon sponsored by the Chargers, Padres and Soccers, 3 years
  • Development Committee, ARCS (Achievement Rewards for College Scientists), 7 years
  • Vice President, San Diego Madres, 2 years
  • District Advisory Council, Early Childhood Education, San Diego Unified School District, 5 years
  • America's Finest City Committee, 4 years
  • Dean's Council, University of San Diego, 2 years
  • Numerous Host Committees for La Jolla Music Society
  • Numerous committees for California Association of Symphonies, Chamber Music America, National Endowment for the Arts and grants panels
  • American Symphony Orchestra League Community Board (state)
  • Lived and worked in Germany teaching at the Munich-American High School (substitute) and the Berlitz School
  • Board of Directors, San Diego Performing Arts League,10 years
  • University of Washington, School of Communications, BA
  • Austro American Society, Salzburg School, Certificates in Music, Art History and German
  • Forest Ridge School of the Sacred Heart (Order founded San Diego College for Women which is now University of San Diego.)
Awards Received (selected list):
  • CFRE (Certified Fund Raising Executive), 1987-2011
  • Outstanding Development Professional, San Diego Chapter, AFP, 2000
  • Exceptional Alum, Forest Ridge School of the Sacred Heart, 2006
  • One to Watch, San Diego Magazine
  • Outstanding Woman in Communications by Theta Sigma Phi
Miscellaneous Accomplishments:
  • Helped to establish San Diego Performing Arts League and the half-price ticket booth
  • Conceived the opening night overnight party for San Diego Opera
  • Created, marketed and designed creative program for summer music festival for La Jolla Chamber Music Society, which is now La Jolla Music Society. Festival has now evolved into SummerFest
  • Created and coordinated Young at Art, a collaboration of City Schools and San Diego Museum of Art. (Touring vans with professional artists teaching classroom teachers about art. Supplied finest of materials for use by students.)
  • Created the fundraising plan for a national support group to fund the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History First Ladies Exhibit. Dorene D. Whitney led the group and 10 San Diegans joined the 80 who contributed several millions of dollars necessary to preserve the artifacts including the famous gowns. It was the first campaign to attract the private sector for the Smithsonian's American History Museum. (This was for the prior exhibit and not the one that opened December 2008.)
Web Research:
  • Experienced in web and social media research.
  • CARA (California Advancement Researchers Association)
  • APRA (Association of Professional Researchers for Advancement)
  • Association of Fundraising Professionals
Contact Info:
3961 Lamont Street, San Diego, CA 92109
Voice: 858-354-2181

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