Sharilyn Hale, M.A., CFRE

Sharilyn is Founder & Principal of Watermark Philanthropic Advising where she helps charities and philanthropists raise more money, give with purpose and lead effectively.  For more than 20 years she has engaged fundraising to create positive change through social justice and human service causes, to international development and the arts.  She is an invited speaker and teacher to professional communities around the world in the areas of fund development, philanthropy and board governance. 

Sharilyn knows great fundraising.  She is Past Chair of CFRE International, the global credential for fundraising professionals which sets the standard for effective and ethical practice.  Co-author of “Achieving Excellence in Fundraising in Canada” (2012), she is Adjunct Faculty at Humber College’s Fundraising Management program and serves as a Peer Reviewer for Imagine Canada’s Accreditation program for charities. 

She is certified to support philanthropists with multi-generational family philanthropy, and is a BoardSource Certified Governance Trainer.  She holds an MA in Philanthropy & Development, and was among a group of sector leaders to initiate Canada’s first graduate degree program in Philanthropy and Non Profit Leadership at Carleton University.  Sharilyn is currently earning a doctorate in leadership.