A photo of Dr. Sharilyn Hale, part of the Advisory Council, Philanthropy at Carleton University.Dr. Sharilyn Hale helps those who give, give well, and supports social purpose organizations to deepen their performance. With a leadership career spanning more than 20 years in 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, a governance advisor and trainer with BoardSource, a Chartered Director (C.Dir), and member of the Institute of Corporate Directors. Sharilyn 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’s 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’s a Research Associate with the Centre for Global Generosity, exploring high-net-worth 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.

In 2024, she spoke to PANL Perspectives about “Governance Excellence and the Board-CEO Relationship.”

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