Sarah Clough

Vice President for Philanthropy Insights & Analytics
Senior Consultant & Principal

Sarah joined the firm in 2015. Her unique background fuses philanthropy, relationship management, data analysis, process improvement, campaign and strategic planning, training, and change management. With more than 15 years of advancement experience, Sarah has partnered with more than 80 mission-driven organizations to design successful engagement and fundraising initiatives ranging from $28 million to $6 billion. Skilled at translating ambiguous goals into actionable change roadmaps within complex organizations, she has guided clients across the globe through successful transformations and capacity-building initiatives to meet organizational and stakeholder demands. In addition to her client work, Sarah served on Marts&Lundy’s Board of Directors from 2022 to 2023 and currently serves on our Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee.

Prior to her tenure at Marts&Lundy, Sarah held roles in business development, prospect development, and grants administration. At an integrated marketing firm, she led business development for market research, partnering with institutions to enhance and refine their marketing and communications strategies with actionable insights. At the University of Iowa, Sarah performed strategic data analysis to inform fundraising strategy, fostered a culture of continuous improvement, and facilitated cross-departmental collaboration. At The Danielsen Institute at Boston University, she supported center operations and research studies, planned events, and authored grant applications and impact reports. 

A frequent author and speaker at regional and national events, Sarah enjoys sharing insights on the topics of strategic decision-making, goal setting, leveraging data, change management, cross-functional collaboration, and prospecting and engagement strategies.




  • Cornell College, B.Mus.
  • Boston University, M.S.
  • Graduate Certificate in Fundraising Management

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