Director of the HOBAN Fund and Constituent Relations,
Archbishop Hoban High School
Congratulations to our Chamberlin Scholarship Winner
Sara Stone. She is looking forward to
attending the AFP
International Conference in March, networking with development
professionals from all over and experiencing the city of Baltimore. She
is also excited to hear Whoopi Goldberg speak, and expects to gain
valuable ideas to take back with her to Hoban. Specifically, Sara hopes
to learn better ways to utilize social media and to revamp Hoban events
and annual fund.
Sara took some time to answer a few questions for us:
What is your favorite quote?
"People will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but
people will never forget how you made them feel." - Maya Angelou
What is the most rewarding part of your job?
Reconnecting alumni with their Alma Mater and seeing the
reactions they have when attending reunions and taking tours through the
school. I love hearing memories from their past and how much Hoban has
affected them over the years. Being in a place where you can visibly see
and share your faith is a blessing in itself and makes for a wonderful
What made you choose/led you to a career in
fundraising/nonprofit? After doing internships while
attending Walsh University with both a for-profit and non-profit, I was
able to compare what I took away from the two experiences. It was fun
working in the marketing department for Sugardale Foods, but being able
to write and receive my first grant to build a playground at a homeless
shelter for the Community Services of Stark County impacted me. I
thank Ray Fete, Director of Marketing and Development at Community
Services of Stark County, Inc. for that opportunity and for being one of
the best role models in the field of fundraising.
What is the best piece of career advice
you’ve received and who gave it to you? Jeff Stetz, Director
of Advancement, and Michael Del Medico, Executive Director of
Advancement and Athletics at Hoban, have given me the best gift/advice
anyone at my age could ask for. They believed in me and saw that even
though I wasn't a graduate of the school, I was capable of being a
member of the advancement team and sharing the mission of Hoban. They
continue to let me try new things and have given me so many
opportunities to grow, both as a professional and a person. Like my mom
has always told me, the worst thing someone could say is "NO".
Tell us about a memorable event/grant
request/gift solicitation/donor experience. Hearing alumnus
Phil Maynard '60 speak at the groundbreaking of Hoban's chapel
construction for the "This is Hoban" capital campaign was one of the
most compelling moments of my career. His overwhelming compassion for
the project and mission of Hoban, as well as his drive to beat cancer,
was seen and heard that day by all.
Why is AFP important to you? AFP is
important to me because it provides an opportunity for professional
growth with individuals in the field who have similar goals and
missions. It is a way to further my knowledge while also networking. I
like being able to connect within the AFPNCOH chapter and find ways in
which we can all work together to better our community.
What are you currently reading?
Being a Jersey Girl at heart (my mother is from there) I am reading
The WaWa Way: How a Funny Name and Six Core Values Revolutionized
Convenience by Howard Stoeckel. WaWa - comparable to our Sheetz gas
and food convenience stores in our area - just celebrated their 50th
anniversary and came out with this book. I am just one example of the
millions of customers who have been transformed by their business
mentality. If you've ever been to a WaWa, you know what I'm talking
What is something people would be surprised
to learn about you? My role models are Rosie the Riveter and
Wonder Woman. I'm proud to be a strong woman and believe that "we" are
capable of doing anything. Rosie is a good symbol of this and Wonder
Woman's lasso of truth is a reflection of the transparency I look for
and strive to give in all of my interactions with others.
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