“I've had the pleasure of working with Sarah for close to 20 years. During that time, I've consistently been impressed with her ability to master materials ranging from advertising and marketing copy to development materials and book-length institutional histories. I especially value her conceptual and collaborative abilities, which have led to some of our best-received and most successful publications. I recommend her without hesitation to any organization seeking a thoughtful writer who understands the requirements of different audiences and gets things right from the very beginning.”

—Martha Harris, Senior Vice President, University Relations,
University of Southern California

“I have worked with Sarah for over seven years and consider her to be among the most talented development writers in the country. She is also extremely versatile, having written successful multimillion-dollar grant proposals, fundraising brochures, direct mail letters, and magazine copy among other things for the nonprofit organizations I represent. Her work is highly creative, flawless and most importantly, gets results. It is an added plus that she is a delight to work with. I wholeheartedly endorse and recommend her.”

—Rosetta Sciacca, Sharp HealthCare Foundation

“Sarah is the consummate professional. Having had the advantage of her diverse writing services for nearly 20 years, I continue to be amazed by the excellence of her creative, intuitive style. She really makes things happen.”

—Kathy Clark, Ed.D., principal emeritus, California Academy of Mathematics and Science

“If you want a specialist in development communications with an excellent writing style, speedy turnaround time and a successful track record, Sarah Lifton is your person. I have worked with Sarah for more than 20 years on many projects ranging from brochures to case statements to grant proposals to newsletters. She is quick to grasp the scope of a project and translate the project components into a cohesive document. She is professional in her approach and professional in her delivery. Over the years, I have recommended Sarah to many of my clients, who speak highly of her work and have used her for subsequent projects. I am pleased to extend my hearty recommendation of Sarah Lifton to anyone who needs a first-class writer.”

—Freda Hinsche Otto, Ph.D., Hinsche Otto Consulting Group

“When I joined UC San Diego a few years ago to direct the Development Communications Department, I found that the name Sarah Lifton consistently came up in discussions as a great resource.  And now I know why—she ‘gets' higher education development and fundraising.  To date, I've worked with Sarah on three UC San Diego Foundation Annual Reports, which require a multitude of donor interviews and written profiles, along with general development copy that must tell a compelling story. Making three consecutive years of a foundation annual report sound interesting and unique is a testament to her writing skill in itself!  Whether it's about sports or sponsors, individual donors or corporate philanthropy, Sarah is always professional, experienced … and good.”

—Judy Piercy, Director, Development Communications, University of California, San Diego

“Bright, quick and clever writer who captures the essence of any organizational aspect and captures readers with her insight and unique slant.

—Jim Norvell, Chairman, Norvell-Shehane & Associates

“Sarah immediately grasps the direction and concept of her assignments and then puts a special spin on them, delving deep to find an interesting angle and blending history, science and journalistic skill to keep the reader riveted to the story.”

—Carol Chaplin, Director of Publications, USC Health Sciences Public Relations

“Sarah is a great collaborator who approaches the grantwriting process critically and creatively, producing highly persuasive proposals. Our faculty and our college have repeatedly benefited from her knowledge of the important issues to be addressed; her clear, incisive thinking; and her excellent writing skills.  She has enabled us to get many proposals funded.”

—David Fromson, Associate Dean, College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics, California State University, Fullerton


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