Kelly Siefkin is our new Chief Philanthropy Officer

Kelly brings years of donor stewardship and communications experience to the Foundation

February 28, 2023

We are excited to share that Kelly Siefkin, CFRE, has joined the Foundation team as Chief Philanthropy Officer. A key member of the organization’s leadership, Kelly works with generous local people to inspire charitable giving that strengthens the capital area, including efforts aligned with our impact initiatives.

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“With two decades of service in the Sacramento region’s nonprofit sector, Kelly’s professional expertise and personal commitment to this work make her perfectly suited to assume the Chief Philanthropy Officer role, and we’re thrilled to welcome her to the team,” said Kerry Wood, our chief executive.

Prior to joining the Foundation, Kelly was Director of Development for California State University, Sacramento, supporting the College of Continuing Education and Alumni Association, where she raised funds to foster success for non-traditional learners and the university’s large alumni base. Previously, Kelly served as the Vice President of Communications & Marketing at Sacramento Food Bank & Family Services. During more than a decade there, she led the organization’s marketing and public relations efforts, strengthened its fundraising, managed many of its volunteers, and was critical to the orchestration of its Run to Feed the Hungry event, the largest Thanksgiving Day fun run in the country.

“I am excited to apply the experience I’ve gained from serving our community over the past 20 years to help inspire increased philanthropy,” said Kelly. “I’ve admired the Foundation’s work for years and, as a partner through Big Day of Giving, I know the impact a community foundation can make, for both nonprofits and for donors.”

Kelly is a Certified Fundraising Executive (CFRE) and was named one of Sacramento Business Journal’s “40 Under 40” in 2016, which acknowledges area leaders under 40 who excel in their professions and contributions to the community. In addition, Kelly has served on the governing board of the California 4-H Foundation, held multiple leadership positions for the local chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals, is an alumna of Leadership Sacramento, and is currently part of the American Leadership Forum. She is a recipient of the Volunteer Spirit Award for Volunteer Coordinator of the Year in Sacramento County and has served as a mentor for Big Day of Giving, our annual giving day. Kelly is also a sustainer of the Junior League of Sacramento, the organization that established the Foundation 40 years ago.

Kelly holds a bachelor’s degree in Human Development from University of California, Davis, and a master’s degree in Organizational Leadership from Chapman University.

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