After a search that lasted more than three months, Carbon County Community Foundation is pleased to announce Sharon Alexander, CFRE will be taking over as foundation president/CEO this month. Ms. Alexander has worked in nonprofit development for more than a decade, most recently at the Da Vinci Science Center and previously at Second Harvest Food Bank of the Lehigh Valley. Throughout her career, she has taken on diverse roles of increasing responsibility; she has expertise in all areas of nonprofit fundraising including annual giving, events, grant writing, capital campaigns, among other things.
Ms. Alexander is a member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) Eastern PA Chapter and currently serves as the President of the chapter’s Board of Directors. She has earned her Certified Fundraising Executive (CFRE) credential and is working toward attaining the Advanced Certified Fundraising Executive (ACFRE)– the top credential in the fundraising profession. The ACFRE is only available to those who have been in the nonprofit development field for 10 years or more, and those credentialed must demonstrate an advanced depth of knowledge of fundraising practices, a commitment to leadership in the sector, and a commitment to ethical and effective professional practice.
Not only does Sharon have the right skills and expertise, her husband Zach was born and raised in Summit Hill and the couple have lived there for more than a decade.
I am so thrilled that we found a leader with strong local ties who will be a genuine resource to nonprofits and donors alike,” said out-going CCCF president Amber Breiner.
“I am delighted to join the Foundation to continue the great work Amber and the Founders have done getting this organization started,” said Sharon. “I look forward to using my skills as a fundraiser and my experience in the nonprofit community to further serve my neighbors in Carbon County.”
Sharon has been a volunteer for the Panther Valley Public Library for nearly 5 years. “In sharing her marketing and fundraising experience, Sharon has been invaluable to our organization,” said Marlene Basiago, Panther Valley Library volunteer and board president.
There will be a brief overlap period before Breiner departs at the end of the month. Ms. Alexander is joining the Foundation during a critical time and will focus much of her early efforts on the foundation’s regular grant making and additional giving as part of their partnership in the Greater Lehigh Valley COVID-19 Response Fund.
Breiner admits it is difficult to leave, but shared plans to keep in touch: “It has been an honor to help launch this organization and I look forward to continuing to advocate for the Foundation as a donor, volunteer, and member of our community.”