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Sarah Hamilton Social Impact


Recognized as a “Social Impact & Community Engagement Expert” by Forbes and named a “Social Impact Hero” by Authority Magazine, Sarah Hamilton, MPA is a Social Impact Specialist collaborating with changemakers on nonprofit, NGO, and philanthropic initiatives for two decades. Sarah has consulted on Nobel Peace Laureates Initiatives for PeaceJam (the 9-time Nobel Peace Prize nominated nonprofit led by 14 Nobel Peace Laureates ), the Dalai Lama, the Honorable Shirin Ebadi, and Archbishop Desmond Tutu.

Appointed by the U.S. Department of State to the Fulbright Specialist Roster, Sarah was selected to represent the U.S. abroad on social impact projects identified by the U.S. Embassy and international institutions. Sarah is the recipient of "Women in Business Making a Difference Award" from the local chamber of commerce and she received the United States Presidential honor "Lifetime Call to Service Award” honoring her service to the nonprofit sector. Sarah is a member of the United Nations Association of the U.S.A. and UN Women where she represented the United States as a Delegate for the United Nation Women's 65th session Commission on the Status of Women.


Through her commitment to social impact, Sarah is a former producer for acclaimed social impact TEDx Talks and is an Executive Producer on the social impact film ‘Limbo’ from Emmy-nominated Director, Lotje Sodderland, which screened at the 74th Festival de Cannes short film corner. Sarah is an Emmy Award judge for regional social impact and public service announcement (PSA) entries at the National Academy for Television Arts and Science.

Sarah graduated summa cum laude with a master’s degree in public administration and public policy. Her social impact expertise has been featured in the media on NBC, ABC, CBS, FOX, KTLA, Parents, Thrive Global, Best Life, Washington Informer, PBS Rewire, & Forbes.

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NBC Social Impact Segment
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Social Impact Heroes:

How Sarah Hamilton works with changemakers from all walks of life to address some of our most urgent challenges.

Forbes Nonprofit Article with Sarah Hamilton
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The Nonprofit Sector is Growing: ​​Why nonprofits should act now to leverage their position

"Creating more than just social impact, nonprofits have risen to become the third-largest employers in the U.S. economy. The growth of the nonprofit sector means stronger communities in terms of both human capital and dollars," writes Sarah Hamilton.

Thrive Global Virual Volunteer Article with Sarah Hamilton
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The Rise of the Virtual Volunteer: 7 ways you can make a difference from your couch

The Coronavirus limited our capacity to connect in person, but not our ability to make a difference. What do the Crisis Text Line, TEDx, The Smithsonian Institution, National Park Service & United Nations Volunteers have in common? Virtual Volunteering.

Best Life Article with Sarah Hamilton
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24 Ways to Find Happiness (without therapy)

While the effectiveness of therapy has been proven here are 24 ways to find happiness on your own. "Volunteering can help combat depression, reduce feelings of isolation by widening social circles, increase your skills and confidence, and give a sense of purpose and meaning," says Sarah Hamilton.


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Special Report 7pm

Hollywood  Jennifer Gardner, Ryan Reynolds, Amy Adams, Ciara & Russel Wilson, Alisha Keys, Jimmy Fallon, Dave Grohl, and Social Impact Specialist Sarah Hamilton raise funds, give back, and plead more virtual volunteers are needed in the COVID-19 crisis.

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Why We Celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. Day and how to explain the holiday to kids

"Although MLK Jr Day is designed as "a day on, not a day off," says Sarah Hamilton. It is the only holiday designated as a national day of service. Honoring the life and work of Dr. King, this day encourages all Americans to volunteer to improve their communities."

PBS Rewire Nonprofit Board article with Sarah Hamilton
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Why Boards Need Young Professionals and how to join

“While millennials and young professionals will gain leadership experience serving on a board, they also have a lot they can bring to the table," said Sarah Hamilton, a social impact and community engagement expert.

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Millennials Thriving in D.C. Study Shows

"Millennials seek social impact as part of their everyday lives and one of the best places to be for that is Washington, D.C.," says Sarah Hamilton, Fulbright Specialist and social impact expert.

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Making an Important Social Impact

Interview Series: Sarah Hamilton, MPA