iprovision signals Sharon’s arrival
The Chartered Institute of Public Relations benevolent fund, iprovision, has appointed Sharon Shortland as its new administrator.
Sharon has worked as a fundraiser and grant administrator in the voluntary sector for 14 years, at organisations including Fenland Archaeological Trust and the Margaret Dobson Trust.
For the last six she has been fundraising and resourcing manager for the Thera Trust – including managing its hardship grants scheme. Prior to that she spent more than 20 years in project management in the railway industry.
With a BTEC Certificate in Management and a Diploma in Fundraising, Sharon is a full member of the Institute of Fundraising and lives in south Lincolnshire in a grade II listed house that she has renovated with her husband.
I'm really looking forward to working with iprovision trustees and CIPR members in need of advice and assistance. These are exciting times for the institute’s benevolent fund, which late last year announced plans to grow the fund’s assets from £850,000 to £1 million.
In 2014 we helped 16 members in need with grants and other practical assistance totaling over £45,000. But, for the first time in our 50-year history, we gave out more than we raised in donations, so growing our income and reserves is vital if we are to continue our work.