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Shari McDonough

As Chief Executive Officer of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Buffalo (for seven years), Shari McDonough conveys her passion for helping others through more than 30 years of executive fundraising, public relations, strategic planning, and public policy experience. Founded in 1926, the Boys &Girls Clubs of Buffalo operates 10 sites and serves more than 3,000 youth in and around the city of Buffalo.

Before joining the Boys & Girls Clubs movement, McDonough was executive director at two Catholic Health private foundations — St. Joseph’s Hospital and Kenmore Mercy Hospital. A dedicated non-profit executive, she has held positions at the American Heart Association, the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra, and the March of Dimes in Rochester.

“Supporting our many kids from single-parent homes, I have the privilege to observe BGCB staff weave into the family unit by providing – homework help every day, hot, nutritious meals and snacks, and mentors to help kids navigate the hurdles and challenges they face each day. It is so meaningful to me, especially because I grew up in a single-parent household and realize first-hand what a difference it can make. I truly appreciate the folks who work in the Clubs, and I personify with the families we serve”. – Shari