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Location Astoria, NY
Education Masters Degree
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Summary of Experience
As a development professional, Sarah's career has been in nonprofit fundraising. She has a depth of experience and interest in this area, including grant proposal writing, direct mail appeal writing, technical writing, writing for promotional purposes (emails, ads, social media, website, etc.), and more. Sarah is also a fiction writer and particularly loves writing in the genres of fantasy, science fiction, and young adult. Sarah's writing skills and interests are transferrable across multiple fields, and her other interests include writing for kids/family (as a new mother herself), music (as a trained musician), self help, and relationships, among others.
Fundraising, Nonprofit, Fiction
Promotional, Nonprofit, Fundraising, Kids/Family, Music, Relationships, Self Help, Fiction, Fantasy, Science Fiction, Young Adult, New Adult
SIT Graduate Institute Sep 2010 – May 2014
Conflict Transformation, concentration in Arts and Theatre for Social Change, Master of Arts

During her time at SIT, Sarah played a major part in producing an original theatrical piece for the purposes of conflict transformation between SIT's student body and a changing administrative environment which seemed to place cost effectiveness before the well-being and interests of students, staff, and faculty. The project involved months of preparation including active listening interviews with all stakeholders in the conflict, and consolidating each viewpoint into acts of theatre, performed for a campus audience made up of representatives from all sides of the conflict. The piece brought a lot of voices together in the room that had not heard each other before, in the "safe" space of an art project, and made significant headway in the constructive resolution of the campus conflict.

The University of Michigan Sep 2005 – Dec 2009
Double Major in Music and Anthropology, Minor in Judaic Studies, Bachelor of Arts

Sarah graduated from the University of Michigan with a grade point average of 3.89. As a member of the Residential College, a small liberal arts residential and academic community within the larger university, Sarah fulfilled extensive language and writing requirements on top of regular academic activities. A highly active member of the Michigan Marching Band, Sarah exhibited strong leadership capabilities as Section Leader and as Vice President for Membership of the Nu Chapter of Kappa Kappa Psi, the national co-ed fraternity for band members.

Honors and Awards
NYN Media - 40 Under 40 Rising Stars in Nonprofits Jul 2016
As a Director in the nonprofit field who is under 40 years old (under 30, in fact), Sarah was selected as one of 2016's "40 Under 40 Rising Stars in Nonprofits" by the popular nonprofit media maven NYN Media. Sarah was selected in part on account of her extensive volunteer work in the sector as a member of the Board of Directors for two nonprofit organizations, the co-chair of a Young Professionals group which coordinates events aimed at YPs in the nonprofit and philanthropic sector, and the Managing Editor of an e-newsletter that goes out to 10,000 fundraising and nonprofit professionals every other week.

NYC-AFP - Volunteer of the Year Jan 2015
As a highly active member and volunteer within the New York City Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals, Sarah was honored as one of several "Volunteers of the Year" at the Chapter's annual meeting in January, 2015.

Association Memberships
The New York City Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals Aug 2013
As the Managing Editor of “Fundraising Matters,” the bi-weekly e-newsletter of the New York City Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals, Sarah's activities include: Soliciting and reviewing content pieces; Requesting changes as needed to ensure relevance, accuracy, and engagement; Guiding overall thematic direction; Reviewing and editing format and layout; and tracking open and click-through rates. As a Board Member of the Chapter, Sarah's duties include strategic and financial oversight of Chapter activities. As the Co-Chair of the Young Professionals Committee of the Chapter, Sarah's activities include: Recruitment and retention efforts for Chapter members under 30 years old; Organizing and overseeing a series of program events aimed at young professionals in the nonprofit and philanthropic sectors; Organizing and overseeing a series of networking happy hours at locations throughout the city to engage young professionals; Advising the YP budget of the Chapter; and advocating for the interests and activities of the YPs within the Chapter.

Projects by Industry
Non Profit

In the 5 years of Sarah's career in the nonprofit sector, she has written hundreds of grant proposals, grant reports, direct mail appeals, email appeals, Facebook and Twitter posts, website copy, e-newsletter articles, letters of inquiry, thank you letters, text message alerts and appeals, copy and design for marketing materials (such as brochures, annual reports, online ads, one-page briefs, post cards, book marks, magnets, posters, flyers, hand-outs, T-shirts, give-aways, table cards, etc.), and more. Below is a sample of the type of writing Sarah does for nonprofit fundraising - the below is taken from a grant proposal narrative, but can be adapted for multiple purposes.


Sarah is a new mother and very interested in writing for kids and families. She is eager to share her experiences with others and to provide educational and entertaining information for other new parents and families. Below is an excerpt from a product review Sarah wrote for a clothing item she recently purchased for her son.


As a fundraiser, Sarah's writing expertise often crosses into the field of marketing, especially when it comes to championing the mission-related work of a nonprofit organization, promoting upcoming events, and soliciting donations. A successful fundraising strategy inspires potential donors from diverse backgrounds and interests, with targeted marketing and donor-(customer-)centric language, free of jargon, clear, concise, and to the point. Below is a sample of a one-page brief Sarah wrote for nonprofit organization to use for marketing purposes.

Projects by Asset Type
Direct Mail

In her Development career spanning several nonprofit organizations in New York City, Sarah has written, edited, formatted, printed, mailed, analyzed and coordinated 8 separate direct mail appeals, each with varying degrees of list segmentation (different letters going to different types of donors and prospects), to lists of addressees from 1,000 to 50,000 individuals. Each appeal was successful in meeting fundraising goals, bringing in significantly more than was spent on each appeal, contributing highly to each organization's overall fundraising revenue, engaging new donors, and re-engaging lapsed donors. Below is a sample of a recent direct mail appeal letter that Sarah wrote for a nonprofit agency.

Email Copy

Throughout her fundraising career, Sarah has worked extensively in communications and marketing, both as a direct communicator and in conjunction with a separate communications and/or marketing department within the organization. In addition to the many email blasts she has created to accompany direct mail fundraising appeals, Sarah has also utilized social media (Facebook and Twitter), organization websites, and other online media to reach out to potential and current donors. Understanding the different language forms required for different online platforms (brief and pithy for social media, conversational for email, etc.) is key to engaging and connecting with audiences who prefer to interact via one or many channels. Below is a sample of a recent email Sarah wrote as part of a multi-message campaign to engage Monthly Donors for a nonprofit agency.


As a fundraising professional, the bulk of Sarah's work has been in the researching, writing, editing, submitting, and managing of grant proposals. Proposals include narrative about the organization which is requesting funds, as well as more specific, sometimes technical language about the program or project to be funded (if funds are being requested for a specific program or project). This technical language typically includes a statement of need/the problem to be addressed, program goals, objectives, outcomes, measurement tools, sustainability, and budget. About 30% of Sarah's grant proposals, spanning her career, have resulted in successful funding. Below is a sample of a recent grant proposal Sarah wrote for a nonprofit agency, which was successful in being funded.

Projects By Expertise
Technical Writer

Some grant proposal writing requires a knowledge of technical concepts and the appropriate language to describe them. Grant proposals may need to be accompanied by a Logic Model which depicts the flow of funding through the program's timeline, specific uses, measurement tools, and outputs expected as a result of the grant, both on smaller and larger scale. Other grants require detailed explanations of budget line items, revenue and expense items, matching funds, and sometimes narrative responses to specific questions about an organization's Form 990 or audited financial statements. Below is a sample of a budget narrative Sarah wrote recently for a grant proposal that was successful in receiving funding.

Projects by Writing Style

Due to the nature of Fundraising, promotional writing is a foundational skill required for nearly all aspects of fundraising communications, including grant proposals, email and direct mail appeals, social media engagement, etc. As the Co-Chair of the Young Professionals Committee of the New York City Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals, Sarah also creates a fair amount of promotional materials to advertise the events organized by the committee. This includes crafting promotional emails, website copy, social media posts (on Facebook, Twitter, and Linked-In), and physical materials such as flyers. Below is a sample of one of Sarah's recent promotional posts on Facebook for a YP Committee program event.

Projects by Company Size
Large Business

Currently, Sarah is Director of Development for a larger nonprofit agency, with a staff of about 1,700, and an annual organizational budget of $120 million. She started at this agency as the Development Manager, and after one year was promoted to Director. She has been largely responsible for several new critical fundraising initiatives including a text-to-give mobile platform, an automated welcome series of emails for new newsletter sign-ups, and more than tripling the annual income brought in through direct mail campaigns.

Medium Business

After building the foundation of her fundraising career in a smaller nonprofit organization, Sarah joined a medium-sized nonprofit, with a staff of about 200 and an organizational annual budget of about $20 million. She began as a Coordinator and as the first fundraising staff that the organization had ever hired, and after one year of capacity building and doubling the organization's fundraising revenue, was promoted to Director.

Small Business

At the beginning of Sarah's career in fundraising, she worked for a relatively small nonprofit agency, with a staff of under 10 individuals and an organizational annual budget of about $2 million. Her work there formed the foundation of her nonprofit and development career, and enabled her to build infrastructure and streamline processes in larger organizations later in her career.


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