Sarah Tambussi became a Charter Member of Impact100 South Jersey in 2017 when Nancy Weber invited her to one of the first information sessions. She loved the idea of collective giving specifically for women. She was equally impressed with the women she met at Nancy’s home that night and she knew right away that this was something she needed to be a part of. Initially Sarah did not have time to do much more than pay for her membership and be a member of the grant review committee. But life slowed down enough that she could get more involved. This past year she became secretary of the Leadership Council and is also on the PR/Communications and Grant Review committees.
When asked what aspect of Impact100 SJ was most rewarding, Sarah said, “I find the impact we have on our grantees to be the most rewarding aspect of my membership in Impact100 SJ. I am also very impressed by the commitment of my fellow Leadership Council members to ensuring a strong future for this collective giving initiative.”
When Sarah was board president of the Haddonfield Educational Trust, she saw first-hand how hard it is for nonprofits to fundraise every year. “It was that realization that affirmed my commitment to Impact100 SJ. The Impact100 model works so well, and combining our members’ financial donations gives us the power to truly make a difference to the organizations in our community.”
Raised in the suburbs of Philadelphia and a Haddonfield resident for the past 24 years, Sarah and her husband Mark have three children. Giving back to her community has always been extremely important to Sarah and her family. While her children were young, she worked part-time and was able to volunteer and support many local non-profits. When she was on the Bell Ball committee for the Mental Health Assoc of SWNJ, she met Nancy Weber and several others who eventually became Impact100 SJ members.
Sarah and her husband live in a 112-year-old house that she has enjoyed restoring. Always an avid history nerd, Sarah found her ideal job a few years ago as the administrator for the Historical Society of Haddonfield (HSH). HSH is a private 501(c)3 and Sarah is learning more about the nonprofit side of local history organizations. She recently supported her organization in a multi-year capital campaign to build a new archive center on the HSH campus. Working with the HSH Development committee, Sarah also helped the organization pivot to mostly virtual programming during the pandemic and was able to present virtual history programs every month during 2021. When she is not working or volunteering Sarah can be found on the tennis court, trying to improve her backhand.