Sarah joined the first cohort of graduates recruited to Mission Australia’s highly competitive graduate management program, where she progressed quickly into senior positions, including State Manager for Partnerships.

Sarah was responsible for the development and management of Mission Australia’s most significant and strategic corporate relationships at the time, and achieved particular success growing relationships from five-figure gifts into seven-figure partnerships.

Sarah was subsequently appointed Director of Communication and Partnerships for what was then a start-up advocacy organisation, the Community Council for Australia. Here, Sarah was responsible for the organisation’s first communications strategy, which resulted in significant membership growth. She also developed an in-depth knowledge of the policy making process, charities, philanthropy, advocacy, impact investing, social enterprise and more, as well as developing a long-standing network of leaders in these fields.

Over five years with the Australian National University, Sarah’s strategy, stakeholder management, and program development skills enabled to her build a highly successful corporate engagement program from scratch. Leading adaptively across the organisation, Sarah was able to bring people from a deeply complex institution on the journey, resulting in the establishment of a comprehensive program of six and seven-figure partnerships across a range of industries, including banking, property development, defence and financial services.

Most recently, Sarah has been back working to enhance the extraordinary work of the not-for-profit sector in Australia, consulting across fundraising strategy, program development and management, partnerships and advocacy.

Sarah holds degrees in Arts and Commerce from the University of Sydney and was one of the first cohorts of students to commence the Centre for Social Impact’s Graduate Certificate in Social Impact, for which she was awarded the Chief Executive Women Scholarship.

Sarah is based in Canberra, Australia.

Specialist skills

Sarah is a specialist in corporate philanthropy and  for-purpose/community organisations.

Sarah Gavel