Sarah Burdi, CFRE
Sarah Burdi has nearly 30 years of experience in health care fund development with several of the top health care systems in the country. She has expertise in major gift cultivation and solicitation, capital and mini campaigns, strategic special events and planned giving. She thrives on helping fundraisers and organizations create unique major gift strategies and implement best practices to connect donors and volunteers with philanthropic priorities. Sarah also excels in grateful patient engagement initiatives and training, developing strong and authentic relationships with clinicians and patients.
In 2011, Sarah joined Baylor Scott and White Dallas Foundation with a focus on major gifts and a variety of service line campaigns. She also utilized her expertise in grateful engagement, cultivating physician relationships and training. Prior to this, Sarah spent seven years as the Assistant Vice President with Inova Health Foundation in Virginia, directing a fund development program that raised more than $68 million. She has also successfully served in campaign leadership roles at Advocate Charitable Foundation (now part of Advocate Aurora Health Care) and Northwestern Memorial Hospital in Chicago.
Sarah began her fund development and philanthropy career with the United Way of Central Maryland. She has held her Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE) certification since 1996. Sarah has volunteered for the Association for Healthcare Philanthropy (AHP) and the AFP Foundations for Philanthropy throughout her career and has presented at regional conferences as well as the AHP International Conference.
Sarah has completed AHP’s Madison Institute and earned her bachelor’s degree in Sociology from Gettysburg College.