Karen Murphy, formerly of CCS Fundraising and Putnam ARC, Succeeds Shelley Burtt

Chestnut Ridge, NY, July 17, 2018 ​—​ ​Camphill Foundation today announced that its Board of Directors has approved the appointment of Karen Murphy to serve as the organization’s executive director. Murphy, an experienced nonprofit executive with expertise in fundraising, management, and disabilities advocacy, succeeds Shelley Burtt, who leaves the role she held from 2010 to 2018 to pursue other opportunities.

“We are grateful for Shelley’s commitment to Camphill and for her effectiveness in advancing the Foundation’s ability to serve our lifesharing communities,” said Roby Harrington, chairman of the Camphill Foundation Board. “And we are thrilled to welcome Karen, who brings a wealth of knowledge and an exciting vision for Camphill Foundation’s future.”

Before joining Camphill Foundation, Murphy worked as director of operations for the Fellowship of Reconciliation in Nyack, New York. Murphy also has extensive nonprofit fundraising experience. From 1999 to 2006, she worked at strategic fundraising consultancy CCS Fundraising, where she led capital, annual, and endowment campaigns for organizations such as Doctors Without Borders and the Archdiocese of New York. Murphy previously held leadership positions with the Girl Scouts of Greater New York and the Desmond Tutu Peace Foundation. Throughout her career, Murphy has been responsible for raising more than $75 million.

In addition, Murphy brings a unique set of experiences and perspectives gathered through direct work with and for people with disabilities and mental illness. As a Jesuit volunteer from 2009 to 2010, Murphy supported men and women with chronic debilitating mental illness at Western Montana Mental Health Center in Missoula, Montana. She stayed for an additional ten months beyond her volunteer term, working as a staff member in the day treatment program. In 2011, Murphy joined Putnam ARC as residential community director, where she oversaw four group homes for adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

A native New Yorker, Murphy has a Bachelor of Arts degree in theology and philosophy from the University of Scranton and a Master of Arts degree in theological research from Andover Newton Theological School in Newton Centre, Massachusetts.

“Through my experiences working with and supporting people with disabilities and mental illness, I have witnessed firsthand the power we all have to help others create lives of greater fullness and wholeness. This work has been life-giving and rewarding,” said Murphy. “It is an honor to join Camphill Foundation in serving the vibrant lifesharing communities of the Camphill movement.”

To read Karen Murphy’s full biography, click here.

About Camphill Foundation

Founded in 1966 to support two fledgling Camphill communities in New York and Pennsylvania, Camphill Foundation has grown dramatically over the past five decades. Today, its mission is to grow, strengthen, and safeguard the Camphill movement at 16 Camphill communities and affiliates in the United States and Canada. Camphill Foundation primarily accomplishes this mission by providing strategic grants and low-interest loans that help grow and sustain the Camphill movement. Visit for more information.

About the Camphill Movement

Camphill is a worldwide movement of vibrant lifesharing communities that provide a unique model of care for persons with special needs. The Camphill movement draws inspiration from the principles of anthroposophy. In valuing the profound significance of each human being, practicing the art of daily living, and emphasizing mindfulness of man’s responsibility to the earth, the Camphill movement offers a model of renewal for the wider society. Learn more about the Camphill movement and Camphill communities in North America at the Camphill Association of North America’s website at

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