Shane Chariton Joins CVI as Development Director


We are pleased to welcome Shane Chariton to Conservation Voters for Idaho (CVI) as our new Development Director. In this position, Shane will be working to cultivate strong relationships with donors, and serve as a representative of CVI to the public, organizational partners, elected
officials, funders, and others.

Shane was born and raised in Twin Falls.  He lived for a short time in Phoenix, Arizona in the early 90’s.  He then returned to Idaho in 1996 to be closer to family and has lived in the Treasure Valley ever since.  

Spending time outdoors makes up many of his best life experiences.  Favorite childhood memories include trips with his Mom and sisters to Redfish Lake in Stanley or the Wood River Valley.  He fondly remembers visiting his paternal grandparents in Coeur d’Alene and spending time on the lake or hiking, and taking trips with his maternal grandparents and family to the Oregon Coast.  

All these outdoor adventures fostered a deep love and appreciation of the natural environment of Idaho and the Pacific Northwest.  These are still some of his favorite places, and as an adult, he’s passionate about continuing his exploration of this beautiful region and sharing that with friends and family like his nieces and nephew – and is excited to work with an organization like CVI that advocates for sound environmental policies and the conservation of outdoor spaces that are so important to Idaho’s quality of life.  

He’s proud to have built over 20 years’ experience in the nonprofit sector.  A highlight of his career is his 16 years with Idaho Public Television, most recently as their Philanthropy Director for 10 years.  He’s gained broad knowledge of fundraising and development leadership – including membership, volunteer program management, events, major gifts and planned giving. He excels at connecting philanthropic donors with organizational mission and funding priorities, building and stewarding relationships with donors, volunteers, board directors and colleagues, and setting strategy and team planning in motion to increase revenue and donor count.  He looks forward to utilizing these skills at CVI to benefit the impactful and important work the organization does. 

Shane has completed university coursework at Portland State University and Boise State University, with an emphasis on communications and multidisciplinary studies.  He obtained his Human Rights Certification through the Wassmuth Center for Human Rights, and serves as an Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) Idaho Chapter Board Member.

In his free time, he re-charges by spending time outdoors — hiking and going on adventures in Idaho, the Pacific Northwest and beyond.  He enjoys spending time with his family and 3 cats (Abigail, Lancelot and Bastian).  He’s a “foodie” and enjoy trying new restaurants and coffeeshops.  He enjoys travel, and had the opportunity to visit London, Switzerland and Italy in 2012.

He’s looking forward to building relationships with CVI’s staff, donors and community partners to work together to create a political environment that protects our natural environment, and help shape the political environment in Idaho to be more balanced, moderate, inclusive, equitable and kind – both for his own family and current residents of Idaho, and for future generations.