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Sarah Saso, CSR-P

BIO, Sarah Saso, CSR-P

Sarah Saso is a certified Corporate Social Responsibility Professional and has extensive experience working in the corporate, non-profit and public sectors. She has provided strategic philanthropic and corporate sponsorship counsel to HSBC, CIBC, Manulife Financial and Green Shield Canada.


In her 20+ years in the community investment and charitable sector, Sarah has reviewed, assessed, visited and worked with hundreds of Canadian Charities. Sarah has executed millions of dollars in philanthropic investments in Canada and in other parts of the world.


Most recently as the Executive Director of Green Shield Canada Foundation, Sarah managed one of Canada’s largest corporate foundations, with $60 million in assets. Direct day-to-day operations, including development and implementation of the strategic direction, program execution, financial management, investment monitoring and related communications. Outside of the Foundation, Sarah was responsible for setting the direction and implementation plans related to CSR, social impact investing and social impact granting.


Prior to working at Green Shield, Sarah was the Director of Community Relations at Manulife Financial where she was responsible for the Corporate Giving, Corporate Social Responsibility and Employee Volunteer programs. While at Manulife Sarah proved, in an evidence-based study, that there are bottom-line business benefits connected to employer supported volunteerism.


Prior to working at Manulife, Sarah helped create CIBC’s sponsorship strategy. Sarah strengthened the Company’s brand by focusing efforts, around the CIBC Run for the Cure, The Vancouver Olympic Bid, Cirque du Soleil, the Canadian Soccer Association and Alpine Canada. In 2004 Sarah worked on the Summer Athens Olympic Games for Alpha Bank.


Prior to working in the Corporate Sector, Sarah was a professional fundraiser in the arts and culture sector. She initiated and developed special events, corporate, individual, membership based fundraising and sponsorship campaigns for the Canadian Opera Company, Toronto Arts Foundation and Heritage Toronto.


Sarah is active in the charitable sector space as a volunteer and advisor. She presently sits on the advisory board of the Conference Board of Canada’s Corporate Council and is on membership committee of Philanthropic Foundations Canada. She is also the past co-chair of Corporate Grantmakers. In 2018 she will be the Chair of the Furniture Bank’s Chair Affair.


Sarah has built strong influential strategic partnerships and alliances with leading Canadian Charities, Corporations, government agencies, universities and colleges, community based organizations, corporate, private, and family foundations. This has given her access to a wide-ranging stakeholder network that she can call to support collaboration, incubation and social enterprise.




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