Sara Bucciarelli '09

Sara graduated from the Community Leadership program (CoLead) in the spring of 2009, and graduated from UNH in the spring of 2011 with a degree in Communication. Currently she is working at the Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) Institute of Health Professions as the Development Coordinator in the Office of Development. The MGH Institute is a graduate school which offers entry-level and post-professional programs in Nursing, Communication Sciences and Disorders, Occupational Therapy, and Physical Therapy. As the Development Coordinator, Sara provides administrative support for the Office of Development. She works with current students to increase engagement and future support, process and acknowledge gifts, maintain the donor and alumni database in Raiser’s Edge, and assist with office events.

 The Community Leadership program was a huge help in getting her where she is today and helped her to find her true passions. In Sara’s second year, fall of 2008, she had an internship in Dover, NH, at the HUB Family Resource Center, which she really enjoyed and felt was an important organization to the town. For her senior project she wanted to give back to the organization and came up with the idea of a silent auction to raise funds for the center. Sara dedicated her semester to this project by soliciting local and regional businesses, setting up the location for the auction, creating press releases and PSAs, and finding volunteers.  She really enjoyed planning the event, fundraising, and promoting the HUB through the auction, and in the end it was a great success for both Sara and the HUB.  This was when she realized that she wanted to be in development/nonprofits/fundraising. The CoLead program gave her the great opportunity of hands-on experiences that helped her to get the job she has today.

When she was first accepted into the CoLead program at UNH, she did not know much about it. But when she entered the program she found that it was a perfect fit. The classes were small, which enabled great discussions and interaction inside and outside of class. In her first semester, she found it exceedingly enjoyable to be out in the community working with the UNH Campus Ministry and her classmates on the Thanksgiving Basket Project. One of her favorite parts of the CoLead program was making a difference in the community and learning at the same time.

Sara really liked her instructors in the CoLead program. She believes that Tim and Kate are great leaders and that they have a wealth of knowledge. Their offices were always open to stop in and talk and they gave her very helpful advice.

Sara completed her B.A. in Communication in the spring of 2011. She took a year off and was a nanny from 2011-2012. In June of 2012 she became a Development Coordinator at the MGH Institute of Health Professions.  The CoLead program prepared her for this by helping her develop several valuable skills (including leadership, organizing volunteers and events, and fundraising.) Many of the projects from her classes put the students directly into leadership roles, which gave her a leg up over other applicants.  The CoLead program helped her to understand the singular impact that she can have on an organization.

Sara has enjoyed working in institutional advancement/development, but her dream job would be to work at the UNH Foundation, raising money for the University and for scholarships. She loved her time at UNH and would immensely love to share her stories with the next generation and give back to the school.

She would recommend the CoLead program for anyone who is interested in fundraising, community development, community involvement, or nonprofit management.

Written by Emily Solomonides and Abigail Rabinovitz