Setting a donor engagement strategy and intention is at the core of our work as fundraisers. In this talk, Sabrina Pourmand, who has led charity: water’s revenue growth since 2014, will dive deeper to show you how charity: water has approached donor engagement and changed the face of fundraising. In 10 years, charity: water has inspired more than one million people to give and raised $300 million for the water crisis.

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Sabrina Pourmand

Vice President of Key Relationships

charity: water

Sabrina Pourmand developed a passion for social change very early in life. A proud Silicon Valley native, her immigrant Persian father and Filipina American mother taught her that the most important job in life is to solve problems. And she’s spent the past decade doing exactly that. Having led programmatic initiatives for large-scale international and institutional humanitarian aid organizations, Sabrina is equipped with an extensive technical background. She raised and managed a $250 million portfolio in response to the earthquake in Haiti, merged and integrated different affiliates at Habitat for Humanity, provided strategic consultation for organizations in Central America, advised international micro-finance programs, and coordinated an emergency humanitarian response for Syrian refugees based in Amman, Jordan. Yet Sabrina also thrives in the world of philanthropy. For years, she partnered with large corporate foundations, businesses, and major philanthropists in the San Francisco Bay Area, gaining promising insight into the value of utilizing technology to combat global crisis.

With the intent to change the landscape of charitable giving, Sabrina came to charity: water in 2014 as the Vice President of Key Relationships. Combining her talents as a technical expert in the field with her external relations in the Valley, Sabrina has challenged her team to be on the forefront of executive fundraising and strategic innovation. She holds a Masters in Nonprofit Administration from the University of San Francisco and a Bachelor’s in Political Science from University of California San Diego. In 2008, she was named the Young Nonprofit Professional of the Year for the San Francisco Bay Area. Having searched for boa constrictors in Latin America, river rafted in the Amazon, and worked in war zones in the Middle East, this historical-fiction loving, indoor-soccer playing, relationship-building problem solver is ready to do anything to bring clean and safe drinking water to every person in the world.