Sharon Bush is an accomplished philanthropist who has worked for nearly four decades to bring resources to impoverished women, children and families around the world.
Upon earning her teaching degree in 1975 from the University of New Hampshire, Sharon Bush worked as an inner city elementary school teacher. After she witnessed the harsh reality of her students’ lives, Sharon vowed to devote her life to improving the environment in which children grow, live, and learn. With three small children at home, Sharon launched the Karitas Foundation to increase funding for homeless and abused children across the United States. By donating a large percentage of proceeds from the sale of licensed children’s products to nationally recognized Children’s Relief Organizations, Karitas brought awareness and much needed funding to several organizations who could then realize their mission of improving the lives of thousands of children.
As founder and CEO of Teddy Shares, Sharon Bush took her humanitarian efforts further with an innovative concept of giving: every teddy bear purchase helps mitigate world hunger by providing Plumpy’Nut supplement (vital nutrients) to malnourished children in Africa. By partnering with FEED, Edesia, and the Teddy Roosevelt Foundation, Teddy Shares has extended its reach to even more children globally.
In addition to her work as a child advocate, Sharon Bush is also involved in environmental science. Sharon oversees business development for Protein Matrix, a next generation plant-based compound designed to remediate environmental pollution. Protein Matrix is a safe way to effectively remove grease, fat and oil buildup in wastewater treatment infrastructures, thereby creating cleaner water. Sharon also oversees business development for GreenStract, a chemical technology company using plant-based materials to extract industrial waste oil from storage tanks. These two companies offer exciting cost-effective and non-toxic solutions to cleaning environmental waste.
Sharon Bush has served as a board member for several charitable organizations, including the Knowledge is Power Program (KIPP) and the UN Women for Peace Association (UNWFPA), among many others. From local education initiatives such as KIPP to global initiatives like UNWFPA, Sharon constantly strives to improve the living conditions of women, children and families, practicing the principles she instilled in her own children. Sharon Bush has made impressive strides in her commitment to helping others not only survive, but thrive.
A resident of New York City, Sharon enjoys spending time with her children and staying active in various fundraising roles. Her life work serves as an important example of the power that one individual can produce by way of involvement and action.