Sharon S. McDonald

Senior Associate

Sharon has been working in the field of fundraising and development for twenty-five years and has managed grant programs for both local and regional organizations in Colorado, Vermont, New Hampshire, and Massachusetts. In 1999, she left her position as statewide grants manager for the Massachusetts Audubon Society to establish her own consulting business.

In the last fifteen years she has taught grant writing in a variety of settings as well as provided foundation and corporate research, proposal writing, and grants management to a number of diverse organizations including the EDCO Collaborative for Greater Boston, Notre Dame High School in Lawrence, the Virginia Thurston Healing Garden, Transition House, the Boys & Girls Clubs of MetroWest, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Mass/MetroWest, the Notre Dame Education Center, Notre Dame Educational Bridge Center, the Multi-Service Center, A Suitable Image, Caritas Christi Holy Family Hospital, The Trustees of Reservations, Boston Natural Areas Network, Bread & Roses Housing, Laboure’ College, Employment Options, Longfellow’s Wayside Inn, Career Resources Corporation, and Worcester State University.

Sharon joined the MetroWest Nonprofit Network in 1995 and served as Co-Chair from 1998-1999. She has also served as a board member for the Hudson Area Arts Alliance, the Massachusetts Department of Education’s Parent Advisory Board, and the parent council for the Marlborough Public Schools. She is currently a member of the Board of Directors for the Marlborough Regional Chamber of Commerce.

Sharon holds a B.A. in English from Worcester State University, is past President of the WSU Alumni Association’s Advisory Board and was a member of the Opportunity for a Lifetime Scholarship Fund committee. She is a member of the Association for Fundraising Professionals, the American Association of Grant Professionals, BoardSource, Women in Development Boston & Central Massachusetts, Marlborough Regional Chamber of Commerce, and the National Association of Professional Women.