Public Radio InternationalÂ® names Sharon Hentges Ferraro director, Major Gifts
MINNEAPOLIS, June 15, 2009 — Public Radio International (PRI) announces the appointment of Sharon Hentges Ferraro to the newly-created position of director of Major Gifts, PRI Resource Development. In this role, Hentges Ferraro is responsible for expanding and managing PRI's major gifts program and for leading the individual giving team. She and her staff will identify prospective donors, interact extensively with them and current donors, and manage the overall strategies of PRI's individual major gifts program. She will also be responsible for creating new individual giving initiatives. The appointment was effective June 1.
"We are thrilled to welcome Sharon aboard," says Katherine Coward, senior vice president of PRI Resource Development. "She brings years of experience and a principled understanding of donor cultivation and management to this position. Her commitment to and love of public media are ideal for PRI, and I look forward to her joining us in support of our mission."
Of her new appointment, Hentges Ferraro says, "I am pleased to join the PRI team. The organization is a leader in providing relevant content to millions of listeners that informs and inspires us to understand our interconnected world. It is important and rewarding work."
Prior to joining PRI, Hentges Ferraro served for 12 years as director of Development at Convent of the Visitation School in Mendota Heights, Minn. There, she created and managed a variety of individual giving campaigns, the most recent of which resulted in double digit increases in participation across all donor groups. In addition to designing and leading the school's recent endowment campaign, which tripled the size of the fund, she increased annual giving to the school by 33%. She has also worked in development for other area nonprofit organizations, including Camp Fire Boys & Girls Minnesota Council and Actors Theatre of Saint Paul.
Hentges Ferraro is a graduate of St. Cloud State University and the University of Minnesota. She is a member and former president of the Minnesota Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals and has held her Certified Fundraising Credentials (CFRE) since 1995. She lives in Minneapolis and volunteers her time to a number of area nonprofit organizations.
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