Sara Lawrence and Beth Fox Join NEPR’s Development Team

New England Public Radio added two new positions to its development department in September. Sara Lawrence joined the station as Senior Development Officer, and Beth Fox came on board as the station’s Corporate Support Associate. These additions bring the number of employees in the station’s development department to thirteen. 

“The station is in a period of exciting growth,” says CEO and General Manager Martin Miller. “We’re in the middle of a very productive capital campaign, our planned and major giving program is growing, and our corporate marketing team brings in over $1.37 million annually from the regional business community. We’re very pleased to have Sara and Beth joining us to help grow these programs.” 

For the past 20 years, Sara Lawrence has worked in the areas of major planned giving at academic institutions primarily in the Pioneer Valley.  Most recently she served as Senior Development Officer (Major Gifts) and Director of Planned Giving at the Williston Northampton School in Easthampton, MA. Before that, she was an Individual Gifts Officer at Mount Holyoke College from 1997-2007, where she worked extensively on the college’s successful $205 Million capital campaign. In her new role at New England Public Radio, Lawrence will develop and manage a vibrant portfolio of major gift and leadership Annual Fund prospects for the station, working directly with Cathy Ives, Executive Director of Development and Major Gifts. 

Beth Fox will support the station’s Corporate Marketing Department, with an emphasis on lead development, and appointment setting for the station’s four full-time corporate marketing representatives. Fox also works for Artspace Community Arts Center, in Greenfield, MA, where she is the fundraising coordinator. She has extensive experience in development through her work at Baystate Franklin Medical Center where she has served various roles including spokesperson for the Baystate Health Foundation’s DVD, The Circle of Giving, community and social liaison for new physicians and families, and event planner for the hospital’s Second Century Campaign, which raised over $6 million for a new radiology department, ER renovations and private in-patient rooms.

Both Lawrence and Fox will be based at New England Public Radio’s Amherst studios.