NORTH LITTLE ROCK, Ark. – Arkansas Hospice announced today that Shannon Boshears, CFRE, has been named Vice President and Chief Philanthropy Officer for the organization. She will oversee all fundraising, gift administration and strategic direction for the Arkansas Hospice Foundation while working alongside organizational leadership to provide support for the programs and services of Arkansas Hospice.
“I am extremely honored to be able to work with such a great organization with a very important mission – to enhance the quality of life for Arkansans facing serious illness and loss by surrounding them with love and embracing them with the best in physical, emotional and spiritual care,” Boshears said. “I know of this first-hand as my father was a patient with Arkansas Hospice. Quality, end-of-life care can be the most important gift you can give to someone and their family,” she added. “I look forward to raising the bar in securing funds for the state’s largest, non-profit hospice organization to continue and expand its mission throughout Arkansas.”
Boshears most recently served as Vice-Chancellor of Advancement for the University of Arkansas – Pulaski Technical College (UA-PTC) and Executive Director, UA – Pulaski Technical College Foundation. During her six years at UA-PTC, Boshears was the chief development and communications administrator providing executive leadership and vision, plus strategic direction and integration for the Office of Advancement, Public Relations and Marketing, UA-PTC Foundation and the Center for Humanities and Arts (CHARTS) Programming. She was able to raise the largest gifts in the Foundation’s history, securing two one-million dollar endowments to support CHARTS and general student scholarships. Most recently, she announced a $2.5 million grant from the U.S. Economic Development Administration in support of UA-PTC’s STEM Park project.
Prior to UA-PTC, Boshears was the Director of Community and Public Affairs at Heifer International where she directed the global strategies for public relations, social media, celebrity engagement and fundraising events. She also served as the Director of Development, Marketing and Communications at Heifer Foundation, the organization that oversees the endowment to support Heifer International. Before her service at Heifer, she was the Marketing Specialist at Arkansas Children’s Hospital.
Boshears received her B.A. degree in Journalism/Public Information from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock. She is the recipient of more than 30 combined awards from the International Association of Business Communicators and the Arkansas Advertising Federation, both of which recognize excellence in advertising and communications in Arkansas.
She recently was named as a finalist for Non-Profit Executive of the Year in the 33rd Annual Arkansas Business of the Year Awards.
About Arkansas Hospice
Celebrating 29 years of service, Arkansas Hospice’s mission is to enhance the quality of life for those facing serious illness and loss by surrounding them with love and embracing them with the best in physical, emotional and spiritual care. The hospice care provider is the recipient of numerous local, state and national awards, as well as numerous other awards for quality of care, including Hospice Honors Elite from HEALTHCAREfirst, as well as the only hospice in Arkansas to be certified by the Arkansas Department of Veterans Affairs for nonprofit service to Arkansas’ veteran population.
I have nothing but the best things to say about Arkansas Hospice. They were so good to my Dad before he passed away. The love and care, compassion they showed to my dad was priceless. The nurses and CNA’s that took care of my Dad are the best and always be the best.
We are just starting our dad’s final journey and Arkansas Hospice has been a blessing. They’ve taught us so much already and provide as much support and comfort to the family as they do my dad. I’m grateful they’ll be walking this final path with us.
I love Arkansas Hospice. Every single employee has a heart of gold and takes the best care of their patients.
I would not hesitate at all to recommend this provider for anyone who is considering hospice care for themselves or for a loved one.
Arkansas Hospice took care of my Mom before she passed. It was my first experience with any hospice and I was amazed. They took such great care of her. They treated her with dignity and respect until the end.
So many thanks for the way your staff treated my very dear friend, Jeff, as he raced toward the finish line. Words can’t express my gratitude for helping us to care for him and keep him comfortable. Top-notch professionalism and immediate responses to requests for assistance.