Who Inspire Us
Shade is co-founder and general manager of Charitygift
which she launched in August 1999 to create a new gift category--one
that allows businesses and individuals to conveniently give a donation
to charity as a gift to honor someone else.
became a division of Charitableway in July 2000. Funded by Benchmark
and Softbank, Charitableway is headquartered in Silicon Valley.
It is the only major VC-backed charitable giving-related E business.
While Shade continues to run Charitygift out of Austin, TX, she
also serves as executive vice president of Charitableway.
to launching Charitygift, Shade served as the director of national
development for City Year, Inc., an eleven-city domestic peace corps,
where she was responsible for raising an annual budget of more than
$16 million from public and private sources. Shade served under
Texas governors Ann Richards and George W. Bush as the founding
executive director of the Texas Commission on Volunteerism and Community
Service, which launched AmeriCorps in Texas and coordinated the
Governor’s Annual Volunteer Conference.
Shade’s leadership Texas was awarded more funding for national service
initiatives than any other state. She was also the youngest person
in the country to hold her position and the only one to survive
a transition of governors in 1994. Shade has also previously worked
for Procter and Gamble and Teach for America.
earned an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School where she also completed
courses in the John F. Kennedy School of Public Affairs and the
Graduate School of Education. She holds a bachelor of arts degree
from the Plan II Honors Program at the University of Texas at Austin,
where she was elected student body president.