Leading with Faith with Sheila McGirl, Part 1

Fundraising TLC: Unleashing Generosity

May 22 2023 • 27 mins

In the first part 1 of our conversation with Sheila McGirl, Director of Development at the Diocese of Wilmington, we examine donor engagement trends, ways to connect with the next generation, and the value of leading with faith.


Sheila O’Hagan McGirl has been involved in philanthropy for most of her life. She comes from a family of dedicated servant leaders from Brooklyn, New York. Sheila was recognized by the Irish American Building Society and the Diocese of Brooklyn as the 2018 Woman of the Year at the Great Irish Fair of New York. Sheila’s family managed and supported this major fundraiser for diocesan ministries for decades.

After attending a program for Court Stenography and working as a freelance court stenographer for many years, Sheila became a stay-at-home mom for thirteen years. During that time, she was a dedicated volunteer, assisting parishes and community programs with fundraising efforts through events.

When Sheila’s husband became ill with Multiple Sclerosis, Sheila had to reengage with the workforce. During this challenging time, she turned to Church, as many of us do, and her journey working in ministry and, ultimately, development began.

Sheila comes to the Diocese of Wilmington from the Central Association of the Miraculous Medal in Philadelphia, where she was Senior Director of Institutional Advancement. Before that, she served the Diocese of Camden, New Jersey, as Associate Director of Development. She held various positions at the Diocese of Camden, including the Catholic Star Herald newspaper, Family Life and Youth, Young Adult, and Campus Ministry offices.

She holds degrees in Liberal Studies from Gloucester County College and Business Administration from Rowan University. She founded the Catholic Business Network of South Jersey to provide fellowship and development to those pursuing the union of faith and industry.

Sheila is a member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals, Planned Giving Association, International Catholic Stewardship Conference, Ladies Ancient Order of Hibernians, and New Jersey Irish Society. She is a Certified Fundraising Executive (CFRE).

She currently resides in South Jersey and enjoys spending time with her four children.

Connect with Sheila: https://www.linkedin.com/in/sheila-mcgirl-cfre-670256a/

Learn more about the Diocese of Wilmington: ⁠https://www.cdow.org/⁠