Kimberly Shiner, the associate vice president for University Advancement at Cal State San Bernardino, has been awarded a $5,700 scholarship from the CSU Advancement Academy to attend the Certified Specialist in Planned Giving program conducted by the American Institute for Philanthropic Studies. 

Shiner, who joined CSUSB in 2014, was selected based on her outstanding professional effectiveness and motivation to expand her skills, according to a letter from Lori Redfern, assistant vice chancellor for  Systemwide Advancement, California State University Office of the Chancellor. She was recommended for the scholarship by Vice President for Advancement Robert Nava.

The Certified Specialist in Planned Giving is a prestigious professional designation indicating deep knowledge of planned giving techniques and advanced donor stewardship capabilities. Completion of the program will benefit attendees professionally and enhance an advancement team’s level of service to their donors. The intensive program is conducted in six two-day modules that include competency exams and culminate in submission of a practicum. The 2021-2022 cohort will be conducted virtually.  

Shiner, who has spent nearly 20 years as a professional in fundraising, public relations and community outreach, was part of the leadership team to implement and close CSUSB’s largest comprehensive campaign, raising $54 million, exceeding its $50 million goal. The campaign included CSUSB’s single largest cash gift of $10 million to name the Jack H. Brown College of Business and Public Administration.

Prior to leading University Development at Cal State San Bernardino, Shiner was senior director for corporate and foundation relations and chief advancement officer for the then-CSUSB College of Business and Public Administration.

Shiner also serves as the vice chair of the executive board of Leadership California, a non-partisan, nonprofit organization dedicated to increasing the representation and influence of diverse women leaders across the state of California.

She has also worked to advance her leadership skills, and is an alumna of the African American Board Leadership Institute (AABLI), and the Inland Empire Economic Partnership (IEEP) Regional Leadership Academy.

Shiner received her bachelor’s degree in journalism and master’s in public administration from California State University, Northridge.