Sarah J. H. Fabish is the Vice President for Grantmaking and Strategy for the Community Foundation for Greater New Haven. She currently manages the grant making process for The Foundation and its affiliate, The Valley Community Foundation.
She has served in the Foundation for over 30 years, with a particular emphasis on youth development and education. As such, she has developed a number of initiatives and collaborations, such as an Out of School Time Collaboration of CT Community Foundations and State Departments focused for two years on building the capacity of community foundations to support positive youth development and after school programming in their communities and encourage cross community learning. She was also primarily responsible for the development of an initiative funded by Wallace Funds to create a community of learners focused on promoting interactive learning opportunities for families where parents are supported as their child’s first teachers and the community as a classroom (PACK).
She provides program support to the Foundation’s Women and Girls Fund, which seeks to improve the quality of life for women and girls in the Foundations regions and the Quinnipiac River Fund that supports research and remediation of the Quinnipiac River.
She represents the Foundation on numerous youth development and education initiatives and endeavors, including serving on the City of New Haven’s Early Childhood Council and its Executive Committee.
She serves on the Early Childhood Funders Collaborative: a group of 14 funders in the state of Connecticut supporting strategies such as the Office of Early Childhood that improve the early education opportunities for children.