Arkansas Hospice names Shannon Boshears Vice President and Chief Philanthropy Officer

By arhospice on January 13th, 2021

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.”

Shannon Boshears

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.

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