Verna Chen has a strong passion for stewardship and planned giving. Since joining SHN Foundation in March 2009, she has established a robust stewardship and donor recognition program, the third one in her fundraising career. Six years ago, Verna started the planned giving program. She has since grown the number of confirmed legacy donors from 24 to more than 100 today, along with a strong and growing pipeline of prospects. Prior to joining SHN Foundation, Verna was manager of stewardship and donor relations at the faculty of medicine, University of Toronto, and manager of researchand stewardship at Princess Margaret Hospital Foundation.

Verna holds a BA in English, an MA in Linguistics, and a master of library and information science. She is a member of the Canadian Association of Gift Planners and the Association of Donor Relations Professionals.