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Sarah Hopper
Helping people transform the act of charity into the experience of philanthropy
Sound Philanthropy was founded in 2011 by Seattle native Sarah Hopper, a seasoned philanthropic advisor with over twelve years of experience working with families and individuals to maximize their charitable giving.
As a third-generation member of a philanthropic family, Sarah understands first-hand the dynamics of family giving. She has a proven track record of developing pathways for families that reflect their unique personalities, and streamlining philanthropic portfolios to make a difference and build legacy. Sarah is recognized for her listening skills, objective guidance, confidentiality, and ability to:
  • Engage and inspire younger generations of all ages, solidifying plans for transition and succession
  • Educate clients without overwhelming them
  • Unite families through dialogue and common purpose
  • Improve family communication about values, intention and legacy
Sarah is an independent advisor who is deeply connected in the Puget Sound philanthropic community and has built a strong professional network, working successfully with wealth managers, estate planning attorneys, CPAs, family offices and non-profits to represent her clients and their interests. She has conducted hundreds of site visits at local organizations and stays current on the range of issues that influence philanthropy, from tax issues and regulations, to trends in giving, to urgent community need.
Prior to founding Sound Philanthropy, LLC Sarah was privileged to work alongside talented colleagues at The Seattle Foundation for almost a decade. As Vice President of Philanthropic Services at The Seattle Foundation, she led the team of advisors and associates that provides high-touch services to Foundation donors. Sarah was part of the original Donor Services Department, and was a key player in the creation, launch and implementation of quality donor services, including strategic planning and family engagement workshops and workbooks, and the Youth Grantmaking Board. She graduated from Smith College with a degree in economics and then started her career in the financial sector before moving into the non-profit world. She lives on Bainbridge Island with her husband and two sons.
"As an independent advisor, Sarah is extremely attuned to her clients' needs and goals. She brings tremendous knowledge and experience and effectively uncovers and addresses all of the 'issues'. We felt that her approach was specifically designed for us, and she made sure we were comfortable with the journey and at the same time challenged us to see our philanthropy and our process in new ways."
-Craig & Sarah
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