As a senior consultant, Sarah Hidey works with JVA clients to access funding—helping build their capacity for increased social and community change. Sarah has been working in the social change sector for 13+ years, providing program development and management, grantwriting, facilitation, and strategic and social enterprise planning for nonprofits and government agencies both internationally and in the United States. At JVA, she has written more than $10 million in successful grants for clients.
Sarah is also a social entrepreneur dedicated to helping create businesses that accomplish a social mission and provide opportunity for vulnerable populations. She is the co-founder of Tribe Apparel, a fair-trade fashion line with the mission to create ethical employment for women with barriers to employment, including refugees in the United States and trafficking survivors in Cambodia. Previously, Sarah was the grants manager at Denver Rescue Mission, the senior program officer for an international humanitarian organization, and an international development consultant in Africa and Asia. Sarah was recognized as one of Denver Business Journal’s 40 Under 40 in 2014 for her social enterprise work at Joining Vision and Action.
City and County of Denver: Grant Liaison & Project Manager
Sarah serves as the key project manager and liaison for all grantwriting services provided to the City and County of Denver—supporting city agencies and departments in submitting winning grant proposals to federal, state and foundation funders. She is also a grantwriter for key Department of Human Services and criminal justice/behavioral health-related projects. JVA has written more than $50 million in successful grants for the city over the last six years.
City of Denver Social Impact Bond: Grantwriting/Design
Sarah worked with key City stakeholders to develop a winning social impact bond (SIB) project design and proposal to provide supportive housing to chronically homeless individuals who are considered “high utilizers” of public services in Denver (detox, jail, ER). As a result, Denver implemented its first SIB, which is showing early success in helping to house these homeless individuals—reducing their use of public services that have a high cost to Denver citizens.
Social Enterprise Basecamp: Co-creator
In 2014, Sarah developed the original curriculum for the Social Enterprise Basecamp and adapted the lean business model for social enterprises in partnership with Janine Vanderburg (JVA’s founder)—a topic that they co-presented at the national Social Enterprise Alliance summit in 2014.
Sarah wrote Re:Vision’s original USDA grant that resulted in startup funding for the development of its innovative food coop in Westwood—the first community-owned grocery store in Denver, which is increasing access and affordability of fresh and healthy food, while empowering community ownership and increasing community wealth.
Sarah has an MBA focused on international economic development.
Sarah is on the board of directors of Children’s Future International, which provides education and child protection services in Battambang, Cambodia, and on the board of the Colorado Social Enterprise Alliance. She is a strong advocate for refugees and immigrants in the community.
Sarah likes to consider herself a global nomad—she has traveled to and/or worked in 30 countries (adding 3+ countries a year!) experiencing everything from meeting with rebels in the Democratic Republic of Congo to eating tarantulas in Cambodia.
Sarah is a JVA trainer for Executive Director Academy, Development Director Intensive, Social Enterprise Basecamp and dozens of other trainings related to fundraising, earned income, strategic planning and board governance.