Sarah Zello ’10 appreciates the impact of donor support. Her experience as a student caller for the University of New Haven’s Annual Fund led to her pursue a career in fundraising, even though the pre-med major had initially planned to become a forensic scientist. After graduation, with guidance from Scott Davis, director of annual giving at UNH, she landed a position as a staff assistant at the Harvard College Fund, where she’s now an assistant director in charge of volunteer management.
“I really enjoyed talking to alumni and hearing about their experiences. I also was able to share updates about what was happening on campus because of their support, which was quite a lot – the new dorms, new recreation center, new smart classroom technology. So from day one as a student, I realized the impact that alumni giving has on the students of today. The alumni I was talking to were enabling me to have these great experiences and I wanted to pass that on to the next generation.”
Why She Gives:
“Even though right now I can contribute only a small amount each year, I realize from my experiences working with the annual fund that there’s an impact collectively. If many alumni donate a small amount, it will add up. As a whole, the Alumni Association and the alumni constituency can make a real difference for today’s students."