Consumer Reports Names Accomplished Fundraiser Shar Taylor as New Vice President of Development

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Shar Taylor, Vice President of Development at Consumer Reports

Shar Taylor

Consumer Reports offers a unique opportunity to support and work with consumers to amplify their voices and create positive change. I’m honored to have the opportunity to build new partnerships that advance the organization’s mission.

Consumer Reports, the largest and most trusted not-for-profit consumer organization in the world, has named distinguished fundraising professional Shar Taylor as its new Vice President of Development.

With more than 20 years of experience, Ms. Taylor has a successful track record for helping high-impact organizations foster strategic relationships with the national philanthropic community, and creating charitable growth programs that extend the reach and relevancy of mission-driven organizations. Ms. Taylor will drive and expand Consumer Reports’ development efforts during a period of dynamic transformation for the organization.

“We’re very pleased to have such a singular talent like Shar join Consumer Reports,” said Marta Tellado, President and CEO of Consumer Reports. “Her strategic sensibilities and deep expertise in fundraising programs, including major gift giving, membership and planned giving will be a great asset in building the critical resources we need to work alongside consumers for a fairer, safer and healthier world. As the world’s leading non-profit consumer organization, we depend on the support of engaged and committed consumers to drive marketplace change.”

Before joining Consumer Reports, Ms. Taylor was Senior Director, Principal & Major Gifts, Philanthropic Partnerships at The Pew Charitable Trusts. There she was responsible for working with individual donors, raising Pew’s profile in the philanthropic community and contributing to the overall strategic direction of the nonprofit’s fundraising strategy.

Prior to that, Ms. Taylor served as the Vice President of Development at National Building Museum. During her decade-long tenure, she launched an Industry Council for corporate and association donors, established a planned giving program, and worked to secure the institution’s largest foundation grants.

“Consumer Reports offers a unique opportunity to support and work with consumers to amplify their voices and create positive change,” said Taylor. “I’m honored to have the opportunity to build new partnerships that advance the organization’s mission.”

Earlier in her career, Ms. Taylor held fundraising positions at London’s Victoria & Albert Museum and WETA, Arlington, Virginia’s public radio and television station. Ms. Taylor received a B.A. in drama from the School of English and American Studies at the University of East Anglia in the U.K. and is Trustee Emeritus of Washington, DC’s Theatre Lab School for the Dramatic Arts.

About Consumer Reports
Consumer Reports is the world’s largest and most trusted nonprofit, consumer organization driving marketplace change to improve the lives and amplify the voices of consumers. Founded in 1936, Consumer Reports has achieved substantial gains for consumers on food and product safety, financial reform, health and other issues. The organization has advanced important policies to cut hospital-acquired infections, prohibit predatory lending practices and combat dangerous toxins in food. Consumer Reports' independent testing and rating of thousands of products and services is made possible by its member-supported 50 plus labs, state-of-the-art auto test center and consumer research center. Consumers Union, a division of Consumer Reports, works for pro-consumer laws and regulations in Washington, D.C., the states, and in the marketplace. With more than eight million subscribers to its flagship magazine, website and other publications Consumer Reports accepts no advertising, payment or other support from the companies whose products it evaluates.

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