Sarah Goldberg began her fundraising career in New York City almost by accident. In 2006, she was a program manager at a very small art education nonprofit, where she developed and ran one-day programs for children living in the city’s homeless shelters. Corporations funded the events, using them as their team-building activity and their employees were “mentors” for the kids. She got to know those amazing volunteers and it ultimately helped her identify folks who wanted to get more involved in the organization’s mission. Sarah quickly increased the corporate grants and was surprised to find that individual giving also skyrocketed. The director realized that she was pretty good at motivating individuals to support the organization and her career jumped from program management to development. Fifteen years later, she still loves making connections with mission-driven individuals to create opportunities for them to be fulfilled philanthropically. A lifelong animal lover, Sarah joined Best Friends Animal Society five years ago as a major gifts officer and says she works with the most amazing animal lovers across 11 states. She feels lucky every day to get to be a part of such an awesome organization. She and her husband are the lucky parents of four cats and two pups, who keep them laughing and feeling very loved.