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Announcing Sarah Frankfurth, Manager, Collaborative Philanthropy

Thursday, March 16, 2017

NCG is pleased to announce that Sarah Frankfurth has been named Manager, Collaborative Philanthropy. Learn more about Sarah, her longstanding commitment to the social sector and why she'll be your next call for a collaborative idea. 

Sarah is passionate about connecting people, exploring new ideas and figuring out how to make things work. She brings these skills, along with a background in program design, network development and learning communities to her work at NCG. As the Manager of Collaborative Philanthropy, Sarah will focus on the work of the Nonprofit Displacement Project and will work with NCG’s collaborative philanthropy groups.

Before joining NCG, Sarah provided strategic leadership for an organization that built innovative leadership in the reproductive health, rights and justice sector. Prior to that, Sarah designed and implemented multiple grant programs and learning networks focused on the social determinants of health and safety net healthcare innovation for the Center for Care Innovations.

Sarah received a bachelor’s degree in literary studies with a minor in Latin from the University of Minnesota –Twin Cities. She loves to sew fun clothes and is a bookworm who is very proud to have passed that trait on to her two children.

Q & A

Why this position?

I’m thrilled to join the NCG team as the Manager of Collaborative Philanthropy, since it gives me the opportunity to do things that I really enjoy – building networks and supporting smart people to move their ideas to action. Working with collaborative groups across different issue areas opens up new opportunities for me to continually learn, which I find exciting. I enjoy meeting people, learning about new issues and working in collaboration with others to find solutions, all of which are important parts of this position.

What do you like to do outside of work?

I’m a huge bookworm and I love to read fiction. When I was little I wanted to read every book in the world. Now I just want to read the good ones. I also enjoy wandering around outside in the many beautiful places in the Bay Area, from the streets of San Francisco, to the shores of Lake Merritt to the bluffs and beaches of Pt. Reyes.

Where did you work prior to NCG?

I spent most of my career working at the Center for Care Innovations (CCI), designing and managing grant programs and learning networks that supported the transformation of care in safety net health care organizations. I managed programs primarily in their social determinants of health and innovation portfolio and my work focused on connecting people with ideas, resources and networks to advance their projects. After CCI, I helped a young nonprofit that built innovation skills for leaders in the reproductive health, rights and justice movement move from pilot to implementation stage.

If I could travel anywhere in the world I would…

I used to travel a lot (before I had children) and have been to many places around the world that I would love to return to someday. One favorite spot I would go back to is Paje in Zanzibar. It was beautiful and peaceful with soft, white sand beaches and warm Indian Ocean water. Those days in Paje were the most relaxed I’ve ever been! If I were to go somewhere new, I’d like to go to Brazil. Or Iceland. Or Japan.


Have an idea for collaboration? You can contact Sarah at .

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