Shelley Goode Appointed Senior Vice President and Chief Development Officer at AARP Foundation

by Gee NY
Shelley Goode

Shelley Goode, a seasoned fundraising and philanthropic executive, has assumed the role of senior vice president and chief development officer at AARP Foundation, marking a significant addition to the organization’s leadership team.

AARP Foundation, dedicated to aiding and advocating for vulnerable individuals aged 50 and above to combat senior poverty and financial hardship, announced that Goode will spearhead fundraising initiatives across the Foundation, AARP advocacy, and affiliated entities.

In her capacity, she will contribute to the Foundation’s overarching mission and strategic vision, the Foundation has indicated on its website.

As the charitable arm of AARP, the largest nonprofit organization empowering Americans aged 50 and older, AARP Foundation prioritizes initiatives aimed at enhancing health security, financial stability, and personal fulfillment for millions of individuals and their families nationwide.

Reflecting on her new role, Goode emphasized the pivotal role of philanthropy in effecting positive change in communities, particularly among marginalized populations.

“When I think about the important work that AARP Foundation is doing throughout the country, especially in marginalized communities, and the impact we can have, it’s a privilege for me to be in the philanthropy space and to be part of that change,” Goode stated.

In 2022, AARP Foundation’s efforts facilitated access to $726.1 million in new income, benefits, refunds, and credits for older adults with low incomes, as highlighted in its annual report.

Described as an “inspirational leader, culture champion, and strategic visionary,” Goode brings a wealth of experience from her previous role as chief development officer at Girl Scouts of the USA.

Her tenure there was marked by effective management of diverse funding streams, including alumni and individual engagement, corporate partnerships, philanthropic giving, and government and foundation grants.

Throughout her distinguished 30-year career, Goode has been a staunch advocate for a wide range of issues, including women’s empowerment, STEM initiatives, poverty alleviation, migration, affordable housing, addiction recovery, and veteran reintegration.

Her leadership and strategic acumen have left an indelible mark in various organizations, including Oxfam America and the KIPP Foundation.

Beyond her professional endeavors, Goode actively contributes to several boards, including the College of William & Mary Foundation, the Morgan Stanley Global Impact Funding Trust, and the National Children’s Museum.

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