After a 12 year tenure at the Children & Family Services Center (CFSC), President and CEO, Shelley D. White, is announcing her retirement effective September 30, 2023.
Under White’s leadership, CFSC has significantly grown from serving nine organizations with office space and finance, HR and IT solutions to more than 40. She also launched a fiscal sponsorship program for charitable projects that do not have or are applying for their 501c3, opened the HopeWorks suite which provides co-working space for smaller nonprofits and achieved 100% occupancy in the CFSC uptown facility. Most recently, she directed efforts in service to CFSC’s latest strategic plan including implementing the organization’s first fundraising department, activating satellite facilities, expanding back-office solutions to more nonprofits, and renaming and rebranding the 20 year old organization.
“I am so grateful to have worked with a wonderful, talented team who continue to make CFSC a model for nonprofit facilities, efficiency, effectiveness and service delivery,” White says. “Having the opportunity to work with such a wonderful group of nonprofit leaders whose agencies work tirelessly every day to improve the lives of our community’s most vulnerable residents has been an honor. I am very proud of all that CFSC has done to support and build capacity in the nonprofit sector over the past 20 years, and am very excited that the organization plans to increase its impact by adding facilities and expanding services to a broader section of the nonprofit community.”
White is a highly-accomplished nonprofit leader with 30 years in the sector. She served various nonprofit organizations during this time and was instrumental in significantly improving the financial viability and contributing to the growth of each organization she served. Prior to becoming CFSC’s President and CEO in 2013, White served as the agency’s CFO for two years and spent part of her time serving in a dual Executive Director and CFO role. She also spent time as the CFO at United Way of Greater Charlotte and Conway Medical Center in Conway, SC.
“On behalf of the CFSC Board of Directors, I want to thank Shelley for her leadership and impact over the last 12 years,” said Emily Cantrell, Chair of the organization’s Board. “She played a significant role in the organization’s evolution and charted a course for continued transformation. With the passion of our Board and an experienced team in place, CFSC is poised for success during this transition and beyond. We wish Shelley all the best in retirement.”
The CFSC Board of Directors will oversee the process to select the organization’s next leader and will hire an executive firm to conduct a national search.
About Children and Family Services Center
The Children and Family Services Center (CFSC) is a capacity-building nonprofit dedicated to strengthening other nonprofits through access to facilities and finance, HR and IT solutions. In turn, nonprofits are able to redirect time and resources back to what they do best – advancing their missions. CFSC opened its doors in 2003 in uptown Charlotte to six nonprofits as a shared space with shared cost and a common purpose, then began offering finance, HR and IT support in 2009. By leveraging economies of scale and sharing in the cost, nonprofits have saved more than an estimated $25 million in rent and back-office support since CFSC’s founding.