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Sarah Kleeberger

Sarah Kleeberger began her tenure with RNL in 2006 and during her time with the firm has worked with hundreds of institutions and organizations across the country to maximize constituent engagement and fundraising results. She currently leads the RNL Fundraising Consulting team.

Previous Experience

Prior to joining RNL, Sarah spent more than a decade in the fundraising field, including seven years in the development office at St. Olaf College (Northfield, MN). The college experienced an historic fourteen percentage point increase in alumni participation while Sarah served in the Advancement Office. During this period she managed multichannel outreach, stewardship efforts, developed a successful model for the senior class campaign; collaborated closely with Alumni Office colleagues to reinvigorate reunion campaigns; worked with hundreds of alumni volunteers serving as Class Fund Agents; supported fundraising activities for the athletic booster club; and managed a portfolio of leadership prospects.


Sarah holds a bachelor’s degree from Drake University (Iowa).

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Recent presentations and insights

Research Paper: Schuler National Young Alumni Survey

Recorded Webinar: Advancement Leaders Speak: The FY21 Donor Engagement Outlook

Blog: Exploring Students’ Basic Needs: Food Insecurity

Quotes from Sarah

“It doesn’t matter the size of your shop, there are tested ways to better engage donors with high ROI that you can adopt immediately.”

“Part of being donor-centric is using the data you have available to truly personalize the donor experience.”


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