Sarah Hempen brings over 20 years of fundraising and advancement leadership experience, serving most recently as Assistant Vice President of Development at the University of South Florida.
Having served both public and private universities, she has successfully developed and led Annual Giving teams that consistently exceeded goals and created new revenue channels focused on building a pipeline for major gifts. During her time at USF, she implemented an in-house crowdfunding platform, a young alumni program and leadership annual giving. Sarah spent 14 years at Washington University in St. Louis in progressively higher roles in the areas of DIII athletics development, managing a regional team, leading volunteer solicitation teams and with responsibility for a $21M annual fund. Sarah believes in philanthropy through relationships and highly values the continued relationships with donors and colleagues throughout her career.
Sarah has led teams in achieving 12 CASE awards and presented at CASE District III.
Prior to entering higher-education advancement, Sarah was responsible for public relations for two drivers and their corporate sponsors in NASCAR.
Sarah has a B.A. in Journalism from Elon University. In her spare time, she enjoys being an amateur travel photographer and can be found enjoying the Florida sunshine with her husband, while spoiling their two dogs.