The Fort Worth chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals will honor Barbara Shelton, vice president of M.Gale & Associates, as the outstanding fundraising executive of the year with the Ben Franklin Award. The award will be presented at the National Philanthropy Day luncheon on Nov. 14 at the Hilton Hotel in downtown Fort Worth.

“I am honored and grateful to be the recipient of the Ben Franklin Award from the AFP Fort Worth Metro chapter,” says Shelton. “Each of us has the ability to make real and powerful change that matters. I thank M. Gale & Associates and my previous employers for affording me the privilege of serving my community. I am truly touched by this heartwarming recognition from my peers.”

Shelton, a Certified Fundraising Executive (CFRE), joined M. Gale in January 2019 from ACH Child and Family Services in Fort Worth where she served as chief development officer. During her 35-year career, she has led fundraising and communications efforts for organizations such as the Girl Scouts of Texas Oklahoma Plains, the Diocese of Birmingham in Alabama the Diocese of Fort Worth, and Big Brothers and Big Sister of Dallas.

A native of Washington, D.C., Shelton has been married to her husband Bill, a native Texan, for 35 years. Together they have three children and three grandchildren. They reside in southwest Fort Worth. In her spare time, she enjoys traveling, reading, cooking, and painting.

“The AFP Fort Worth Metro Chapter is so pleased to recognize Barbara Shelton, CFRE as the recipient of this year’s Ben Franklin Award,” says Pat Miller, CFRE, president of the AFP Fort Worth Metro chapter. “She is a distinguished fundraiser whose many years of demonstrated excellence in both knowledge and leadership skills have benefitted numerous individuals and organizations in the Fort Worth area. Barbara is a modern-day example of Ben Franklin’s belief in the common good and the coming together to better society through the strength of relationships. Building a strong philanthropic community is my ideal job,” says Shelton. “Where else can I bring my talents to a position where I can change things for the better? Philanthropy is highly personal, but in the end it’s about my values, increasing the wellbeing of others and doing the right thing.”

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