Roger “Whit” Shepard
Whit is a senior executive with more than 30 years of successful fundraising experience. He has served some of the most prestigious nonprofit industries in the country in the fields of higher education, healthcare, social services, and the arts. Before joining the Convergent team, he ran his own nonprofit consultancy, helping a wide range of clients with strategic planning, design of development programs, staff training and team building, and a host of other organizational development services.
An outstanding track record, coupled with a mastery of all aspects of fundraising, makes Whit one of the most valuable members of our team. He specialized in major eight- and nine- figure funding initiatives and is comfortable working in the highest circles of corporate executive leadership. Whit has both advised and solicited CEOs of some of the world’s largest multi- national corporations. This wealth of experience makes him a solid sounding board and reliable guide to nonprofit leaders as they travel through the capital campaign process.
Summary of Experience
- Recently completed periodic management of quiet phase of $8M campaign for Midland Care Centers of Topeka, KS. Currently guiding $1M campaign effort for Arapahoe Charter School in Arapahoe, NC.
- More than doubled funding for the prestigious Kellogg School of Management.
- Successfully solicited the largest single commitment ever received by the Graduate School of Business, University of Chicago, at the time: $15,000,000 from a single investor.
- Has directed major capital campaigns for organizations such as the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Chicago Botanical Garden, and The Campaign for Yale.
- Has launched campaigns or conducted feasibility studies for several nonprofit organizations and economic development organizations throughout the country, including North Carolina, California, Iowa, South Dakota, and Kentucky.
- Holds a Master of Divinity degree from Union Theological Seminary in New York and a Bachelor of Arts degree from Yale University.