Essex County Community Foundation has announced that Sarah M. Jackson has been hired as the new program director for the organization’s Center for Nonprofit Excellence (CNE).
Sarah joins ECCF at a critical juncture in its history, as the organization shifts its overall focus towards donor services, asset development and community leadership.
“We are thrilled to be leaving the CNE in Sarah’s capable hands,” said Dave Edwards, ECCF’s president and CEO. “The director role is a natural extension of Sarah’s career-long dedication to nonprofit excellence.”
In 2012, Sarah founded Sarah J Consulting to help nonprofits achieve fundraising success. To date, she has worked with over 20 clients across New England and New York to raise more than $1million in charitable support through strategic planning, donor communications and staff training. Her current and past clients include Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard, Salem State University and the Stoneham Theatre.
Sarah has 14 years of service to some of the nation’s best fundraising departments. She was managing director of Institutional Giving at Harvard University, where she brought renewed focus to key donors in preparation for the current $6.5 billion campaign, the largest higher education campaign to date. Prior to that, she worked with Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, as the assistant director, and then associate director of Corporate & Foundation Relations, where she helped raise over $15 million. Upon graduating from Emmanuel College in 2001, Sarah started her career as a development communications associate with Brigham and Women’s Hospital.
Sarah, who lives in Lynn with her husband and infant son, is very active in the community. She chairs the Lynn Cultural Council and volunteers with the Alzheimer’s Association and theater company, Arts After Hours. She has also served as a board trustee and chair of the Communications and Development Committee for the Methuen Memorial Music Hall, and volunteered with RAW Artworks Project Launch, where she mentored inner-city Lynn high school students applying to college, and Citizens for Adequate Housing.
Sarah is a member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals, Women in Development and the Lynn Area Chamber of Commerce. In 2013, she was named North of Boston Businesswoman of the Year: Small Business category. In the past, she has presented at ECCF capacity-building workshops and the organization’s Institute for Trustees (IFT), an annual all-day conference for nonprofit board members and executive directors.
As program director for the CNE, home of the IFT, Sarah will lead the effort to provide Essex County’s nonprofits with the training, tools and support they need to build their operational expertise.
“I am very excited to work with ECCF and the region’s vibrant community as we create dynamic learning experiences this year,” said Sarah. “Essex County is a particularly special region of our state and the place I proudly call home. Over the next several months, I hope to amplify the exceptional work of the CNE by serving these vital organizations that do so much for the people of Essex County.”