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Cathy R. Sheffield

Cathy R. Sheffield


Cathy Sheffield Headshot

National study group facilitator

Areas of Expertise:

Charitable Giving, Nonprofit Management, Philanthropy

MBA, Texas Christian University
BA, North Dakota State University


Cathy is on a mission to help nonprofits raise more mission-critical dollars.  Cathy is a nationally recognized charitable giving thought leader with over 25 years of experience. From the moment you meet Cathy, you will recognize her enthusiasm for her work, appreciate her collaborative method for achieving results for both donors and nonprofit organizations alike, and welcome her sense of humor. 

Cathy serves as the Chief Advancement Officer of Lena Pope in Fort Worth, Texas.  Cathy is also the founder and CEO of ThinkGiving, a boutique philanthropic advising group working with individuals and nonprofits to maximize charitable gifts.   

Cathy serves on the American Council on Gift Annuities Board of Directors, was the 2017 Board Chair of the National Association of Charitable Gift Planners, and is the immediate past president of the Fort Worth Metro Chapter of AFP.   Cathy serves on the faculty for the California State University Long Beach American Institute for Philanthropic StudiesCertified Specialist in Planned Giving designation program. Cathy is the co-host of Charitable Chit Chat with Cathy & Claire, a podcast for philanthropy professionals.  In 2015, Cathy received the Benjamin Franklin Award for Outstanding Professional Fundraising Executive from the Fort Worth Metro Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals.   Cathy serves on the boards of Jerusalem Institute for Justice and NewDay Services for Children and Families.  Cathy is a member of the Rotary Club of Fort Worth

Cathy received her MBA from Texas Christian University and her undergraduate degree from North Dakota State University.