Shelley Uva has worked in development for 30 years as a grant writer, prospect researcher, consultant and Director of Development.

Shelley began her career as a grant writer at New York University in 1979. She also served as Manager of Prospect Research at NYU.

From 1983 to 2001, Shelley worked as a consultant for a wide variety of non-profit organizations, including schools, colleges and universities, social service organizations, museums, arts groups, medical schools, hospitals and historical restorations. For these clients, she wrote grant proposals, ranging in size from $1,000 to more than $1,000,000, as well as newsletters, brochures, annual fund letters, citations, speeches, event journals, case statements and annual reports.

In 2001, Shelley became Director of Development for Project FIND, an agency serving low-income seniors on Manhattan’s West Side. From 2005 to 2007, she was Assistant Director for Development Communications at New York Law School.

In 2007, Shelley became Director of Development at the Ackerman Institute for the Family. Founded in 1960, Ackerman is one of the premier institutions for family therapy and one of the best-known and most highly regarded training facilities for family therapists in the United States.

In March 2010, Shelley began a new job as Manager of Campaign Communications for the Sarah Wetsman Davidson Hospital Tower Campaign at Hadassah. Located in Jerusalem, the new Tower is dedicated to uniting advanced medical technologies with a profound spirit of healing.

Shelley also is the co-author of an American history textbook and the author of two books of short stories.

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Should I Stay or Should I Go?

Way back in 1981, the Clash put it so well:                 If you say that you are mine                 I’ll be here til the end of time                 So you got to let me know                 Should I stay or should I go Fundraising is a career in which people ca change jobs frequently; and, usually, it is not…

What Do Your Email Messages Say About You and Your Professionalism?

We’ve all had those days.  Your phone won’t stop ringing and your in-box is overflowing with emails – but don’t get me started on the emails.  They just keep coming – one after another – and each one meaner and nastier than the one before. Email is such an interesting phenomenon. Obviously, instant communication makes…

The Good, the Bad and the Job Interview

Some people think interviewing for a job is similar to dating. Since I’ve been married for thirty-five years, I can’t remember what dating is like. But if my recent job interview experience actually resembles dating in any way, I worry for the future of our species. For many people, a job interview (and, possibly, dating) is…

Major Gifts: Answer to All My Problems or Major Delusion?

If you are currently looking for a development job, you have probably noticed that almost every job advertised these days seems to focus on major gifts. The reason for this is simple. During the past 10 months, the stock market has gone down precipitously and, as a result, many foundations have lost a significant portion…

Major Gifts: Answer to All My Problems or Major Delusion?

If you are currently looking for a development job, you have probably noticed that almost every job advertised these days seems to focus on major gifts. The reason for this is simple. During the past 10 months, the stock market has gone down precipitously and, as a result, many foundations have lost a significant portion…

Should We Be Writing this Proposal?

These are challenging times for fundraisers. The recent severe economic downturn, Ponzi schemes, and the general tightening of even the most expensive belts means that it is more difficult to raise money now than it has been in decades. So, what is a fundraiser to do? As a development professional, particularly if your specialty is…