Sandra Searle, major gifts officer.Sandra Searle

Sandra Searle, CFRE, is recognized as a leader in the nonprofit and fundraising arenas. She currently serves as a major gifts officer at St. Joseph’s Foundation and Barrow Neurological Foundation. Prior to accepting this position, Sandra was the campaign director, of an $11.5-million integrated campaign at A New Leaf, where she worked closely with members of the board, executive leadership team and development staff. She successfully cultivated and closed this organization’s first $1-million gift. Sandra was honored as the 2010 Outstanding Fundraising Executive of the Year by the Greater Arizona Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) Chapter and is designated a Master Trainer by AFP International.

Sandra has been a professional fundraiser in the Phoenix area for more than 20 years, working with organizations including American Cancer Society, Sojourner Center and Arizona Clean and Beautiful. 

A recipient of numerous personal and professional accolades, she is most proud of being her eighth grade spelling bee champion and has the trophy to prove it! As an Arizona native and graduate of the University of Arizona, Sandra enjoys traveling throughout the state with her husband and dogs. In her spare time she keeps family and friends fully stocked with heirloom vegetables from her organic salsa garden. This last endeavor has become more difficult since her new llama, Tallulah Olive, discovered a taste for the leaves of tomato and pepper plants!