Sarah J. H. Fabish
Sarah J. H. Fabish is the Vice President for Grantmaking and Scholarships for The Community Foundation for Greater New Haven. She currently manages the grantmaking process for The Foundation and its partner in philanthropy, the Valley Community Foundation.
Fabish has served in the grants and program area of The Community Foundation for more than 30 years. She has developed a number of initiatives and collaborations, such as an Out-of-School Time Collaboration of Connecticut Community Foundations and State Departments. That Collaboration focused for two years on building the capacity of community foundations to support positive youth development and after-school programming in their communities and to encourage cross-community learning. She was also primarily responsible for the development of an initiative funded by Wallace Funds to create a community of learners focused on supporting interactive learning opportunities for families where parents are supported as their child’s first teachers and the community is viewed as a classroom (PACK).
Fabish provides program support to The Community Foundation’s Community Fund for Women and Girls, Greater New Haven's only endowment promoting the social and economic advancement of women and girls, and to the Quinnipiac River Fund that supports research and remediation of the Quinnipiac River. She represents The Community Foundation on numerous youth development and education initiatives and endeavors, including serving on the City of New Haven’s Early Childhood Council. She serves on the CT Early Childhood Funder’s Collaborative, a group of 21 funders in the State of CT originally coming together to support strategies such as the development of the Office of Early Childhood to improve the early education opportunities for children and now expanded mission to bring the collective voice and resources of philanthropy to build and sustain a comprehensive early childhood system that works for all children, families, communities and the workforce in Connecticut.