Sharon Berman designed and implemented fundraising campaigns and directed research for a wide range of non-profit and for-profit organizations. Her focus includes strategic planning, annual campaigns, capital campaigns, board development, research, solicitation training, feasibility studies and marketing.
Sharon has served as Vice President for the Lupus Research Institute, a national medical research organization located in Manhattan, where she directed a $35 million capital campaign, and also served as the Director of Development for the SLE Foundation. Board members and honorees with whom she worked included Jerome Chazen, former Chairman and CEO of Liz Claiborne, and Mayor Michael Bloomberg.
Sharon has been a professional advisor and overseer to number of non- profit organizations, including The American Friends for the Hebrew University, National Council for Jewish Women and the New York City Fire Department. During this period she also held the position of Vice President of the Planned Giving Division for National Madison Group, Inc. (NMG), an estate and tax planning firm.
At the UJA-Federation Sharon held the position of Director of the Trustees Campaign for the UJA-Federation’s 130 non-profit boards. Sharon served in various management capacities at the United Way of Tri-State, NY, where she was responsible for directing the Major Corporations Division comprised of more than 60 Fortune 500 companies.
Sharon is currently is on the board of directors of SPARC, Inc, which provides recreational and therapeutic programs for developmentally disabled and their families. She has served as a consultant to Student Athletes, Inc., an academic and athletic program for inner-city teenagers in New York City and to the International Intellectual Property Institute, a Washington think tank and development organization. She has also served as an unpaid consultant and director for a cross section of non-profit boards, including the Epilepsy & Neuropsychiatric Institute in Manhattan and was a founding director of the Briarcliff Manor Education Foundation.
Sharon is a graduate of the State University of New York, Stony Brook, and is co-author with attorney Sam Radin of “New IRS Threat to Charitable Gifts of Life Insurance”, which appeared in The National Underwriter.