About Sharon Stanczak

Sharon Stanczak, CFRE, serves as the Vice President for External Relations and Secretary of the Board of Directors for the Whitehead Institute for Biomedical Research. Before joining Whitehead Institute, she worked at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology for 11 years in the area of principal gifts, as well as large-scale project management of initiatives and institutes, including: oversight of fundraising for the David H. Koch Institute of Integrative Cancer Research; MIT.nano (a new, state-of-the-art nanotechnology facility); and the MIT Libraries. She also worked for the Folger Shakespeare Library, the University of Maryland and the Freer and Sackler Galleries of the Smithsonian Institution.

Keep It All Going

Here’s how we often experience change: first we’re told that change is afoot; then we see a few concrete signs of change, but it’s nothing major to worry about. Eventually, the time comes when we’re told—with some measure of discretion, sensitivity and respect for our feelings—that change is inevitable. And, finally, when we’re well prepared [...]

By |2022-01-12T16:58:33-05:00May 7th, 2020|Blog Posts|0 Comments

Interview with Birgit Smith Burton, Founder of the African American Development Officers Network (AADO)

By Sharon J. Stanczak, President, The Friday Forum An Advancement Visionary I am pleased to welcome Birgit Smith Burton to The Friday Forum Blog. Birgit is the Executive Director of Development, Foundation Relations at the Georgia Institute of Technology and Founder of the African American Development Officers Network (AADO). In partnership with CASE, the AADO [...]

By |2022-01-12T16:58:35-05:00April 3rd, 2019|Blog Posts|0 Comments

The Away Me (and why I wouldn’t leave home without her)

Last summer I left a conference at Duke University with my head full of new ideas about venture philanthropy, talent management and fundraising trends among other topics. As I thought about them, I realized that it was not just the information that was new but also the way I was processing and envisioning the information [...]

By |2022-01-12T16:58:37-05:00June 11th, 2018|Blog Posts|1 Comment
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