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Guilford Resident Ken Alberti Named Executive Director of the SARAH Foundation
Ken Alberti
The SARAH Foundation, Inc., part of the SARAH Family of Agencies, is pleased to announce the selection of Ken Alberti as its new Executive Director. Mr. Alberti fills the vacancy left by Denise Rose, who retired in December after 10 years as the Foundation's Executive Director. The selection of Mr. Alberti was made after an extensive regional search, vetting over 100 applicants for the position.

Mr. Alberti most recently served as the Chief Development Officer for The Hole in the Wall Gang Camp in New Haven, Connecticut, where he has been employed since 2006. For the past seven years, Mr. Alberti was responsible for leading Hole in the Wall's fundraising efforts generating more than $13 million annually, from a network of more than 20,000 donors. Mr. Alberti has a B.S. from Ithaca College and a Graduate Certificate in Nonprofit Management from the University of Connecticut.

"The SARAH Foundation is thrilled to have someone with Mr. Alberti's fundraising skills and abilities help take the SARAH Endowment Fund to a new level," said CJ Griffith, current Board President of the SARAH Foundation. "Now more than ever, the SARAH Foundation is needed to help deliver a reliable stream of additional funds to the three SARAH Service Agencies. It is only by achieving rapid growth, that the endowment can provide a more meaningful source of annual support to the Service Agencies that need the funds to deliver programs." said Ms. Griffith.

The SARAH Foundation is responsible for managing and building the SARAH Endowment. The endowment was established in 1984 through a generous gift of $75,000 from the family of Ginger Calhoune. The donors stipulated that the funds were to be invested and only the income generated from the endowment be distributed for ongoing program support. The first gift attracted others, and in 1989, the SARAH Endowment Foundation (re-named the SARAH Foundation, Inc. in 2004) was established. Its central mission -- to preserve and grow the endowment to build a lasting legacy of support for the SARAH Service Agencies.

The SARAH Service Agencies provide support to individuals with intellectual disabilities and other special needs, with the shared mission of "making independence possible" for all. SARAH SENECA Residential Services, Inc. together with SARAH Tuxis Residential & Community Resources, Inc. provide individualized residential services for participants with intellectual and/or developmental disabilities, down syndrome and autism. SARAH Inc. offers an array of services and supports for children and adults through programs such as Kidsteps Birth to Three Early Intervention, school to work transitional services, vocational and employment opportunities, and enrichment and advocacy services.

By providing a source of funds not dependent on vulnerable government funding, the SARAH Endowment can help support the efforts of the Service Agencies in perpetuity. By achieving endowment growth, the annual distributions made to the Service Agencies (based on a 5% rolling average of the endowment balance) has nearly doubled in just the past five years.

"The recent accelerated growth needs to continue in order to deliver much-needed assistance to the Service Agencies," said Jim Miller, Treasurer of the SARAH Foundation. "The Board's primary focus in selecting Mr. Alberti for the position of Executive Director is to help the Foundation achieve more rapid endowment growth to provide the Service Agencies with the additional support they need."

Mr. Alberti's first day with the Foundation is February 22, 2018. He resides in Guilford with his wife Sara and their three children, Liam, Sophia and Harris.