member Shelley Hinton has been with
the Akron-Canton Regional Foodbank for the past four years. She
describes her role as “the perfect mix of integrating the importance of
the Foodbank’s mission with the art of emotional connection.”
What is the most rewarding part of your job?
I am proud to be a part of something bigger. At the Foodbank, as we
provide food to families throughout our community, I am reminded daily
of the struggles many are facing. The work we are doing will positively
impact these individuals. It will transform lives. In all honesty, my
job is so rewarding because of the pride and optimism that goes home
with me at the end of every day.
What is the best piece of career advice you've
received and who gave it to you?
Early in my career my dad shared this advice: “No leader is perfect and
the best ones don’t try to be. Instead build on your strengths and
surround yourself with people that can support your weaknesses.” My dad
is a smart man who has worked hard all his life, but I admire him most
for his selflessness, genuine personality and quiet leadership.
What has been your most noteworthy professional
accomplishment so far?
Two years ago I was part of developing and launching an awareness video,
Hungry Kate, which became an incredible marketing asset for our
organization. The value of this tool became apparent when more than 50
other food banks across the country asked for access to the video to
create their own local versions. Months later, Feeding America, our
national hunger-relief affiliate, produced their version of the video,
and most recently a national food manufacturing developed an extended
version of our original video promoting awareness of their philanthropic
efforts in the fight against hunger. This was a true example of the
well-known phrase, “Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery”.
Why is AFP important to you?
Professional organizations such as AFP always provide great
opportunities to network with others in your line of work and make
connections. I transitioned into fundraising from business, so as I
continue to grow my knowledge of fundraising, I value the educational
opportunities and resources of AFP.
What is the most thoughtful gift you've ever
I have a necklace that my parents gave me to wear on my wedding day. The
necklace includes two small diamonds from the wedding rings of both my
grandmother and grandfather that had passed prior to my wedding. I wear
it all the time, but I especially appreciated feeling connected to them
on such an important day.