About Us

Elizabeth Share, Founder

Elizabeth Share has been helping donors and nonprofits increase the impact of their work in communities worldwide for over twenty-five years. Among the clients she has  had the pleasure of working with are The Isabel Allende Foundation, The Khaled Hosseini Foundation, The Chez Panisse Foundation, Grace Family Foundation, CompassPoint, Nepalese Youth Foundation and City CarShare.

Prior to founding her own philanthropic advisory practice, Ms. Share worked in the nonprofit sector as a social worker and in the for-profit sector as a financial analyst. She served for ten years as the vice president of the Autodesk Foundation, a corporate foundation associated with Autodesk, Inc., the world leader in the design of software for computer aided design. In that role, Ms. Share oversaw operations and finance, grants and conferences, and collaborated with the president on major programmatic, strategic, personnel, and funding decisions. She also facilitated a network of corporate funders, including Sun Microsystems, Apple Computer, Hewlett-Packard, IBM, Charles Schwab, and Arthur Andersen, enabling them to share crucial information and develop collaboratively funded philanthropic initiatives.

From 1996 to 2002, Ms. Share served as a board member of CompassPoint, the premier technical assistance provider to San Francisco Bay Area and Silicon Valley nonprofits. In that role, she led the organization’s board/staff Technology Task Force and played a key role in the merger of the Support Center for Nonprofit Management (San Francisco) and the Nonprofit Development Center (San Jose).

Ms. Share currently serves as principal of Wise Giving and as Chief Development Officer for The Center for Investigative Reporting.  She also serves on the Advisory Boards of Beyond Differences and Nepal Youth Foundation. Recent prior roles included Development Director for Bread & Roses and board Vice President for Congregation Rodef Sholom in San Rafael, California.


Wise Giving partners with experts in the fields of nonprofit law, accounting, and organizational development on an as-needed basis. Among those whose expertise we most value are:

Adler & Colvin, Attorneys at Law www.adlercolvin.com

Tracy Gary, Inspired Legacies www.inspiredlegacies.org