Nonprofit professional Sarah Mackey completed the requirements for the Certified Communications Profession (CCP) designation from the AWC Matrix Foundation.
Sarah is executive director of Habitat for Humanity of Sangamon County and is responsible for providing overall leadership to the organization to create and sustain simple, decent and affordable housing for people in need in Springfield, IL.
“As a nonprofit professional, I believe it is important for me to continually strive for effective communication with donors, volunteers and community members,” said Mackey. “The CCP process provided a method for me to monitor, evaluate and further develop my communication strategies.”
Mackey is also a leading blogger, writer and presenter on nonprofit management. Her blog, www.SarahWMackey.com, addresses nonprofit management issues including fundraising, board development and volunteer management. Mackey has received the Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE) professional credential for philanthropic fundraising executives.
Mackey is active in professional and community organizations including the Association for Women in Communications, Association of Fundraising Professionals, American Society for Public Administration and Springfield Area Home Builders Association.
Mackey’s work in communications has been recognized with a Clarion Award for Most Improved Magazine – Internal Publication, a Clarion Award for Most Improved Newsletter – Online and the Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives Award for Communications Excellence. Mackey’s leadership has been recognized with the Springfield Nonprofit Director of the Year Award, ATHENA Award, Illinois Women in Leadership Woman of the Year Diamond Award, Leadership Springfield Distinguished Alumni Award and Springfield Business Journal’s Forty Under 40.
Mackey earned her undergraduate degree in economics from Hanover College, her Master of Public Administration and graduate certificate in nonprofit management from the University of Illinois Springfield, and is currently pursuing her doctorate in public administration at the University of Illinois Springfield.