Upon the death of a close family member, Sarah Tenney
career path and was inspired to establish a professional consulting firm called "Tenney Technologies for Nonprofits", which provided specialty services for fundraising technology issues -- which, at that time, was an emerging industry in the United States & an undefined service in Hawaii.
In 2004, Sarah Tenney
accepted an opportunity to help develop the business operations for a new consulting division in Hong Kong for MeesPierson, a private wealth management division of Fortis
, one of the top 20 financial institutions in the world.Her
role as the Head of Philanthropy Services for North Asia
, provided a perfect venue to experience international fundraising similarities under differing ethical fundraising traditions and experience the Asia-based giving techiques during the Asian Tsunami.
Committed to Philanthropy Development
Upon completion of her
tenure with Fortis
in 2005, Sarah Tenney
was welcomed home to Hawaii and continues to support TenneyTech
as a senior consultant.Sarah Tenney
is recognized as a prominent fundraising & e-Philanthropy systems integrator and is often referred to locally as the "friend in the business" to help achieve successful donor cultivation & gift stewardship environments.She is an experienced international business executive that is skilled at achieving charitable business objectives while motivating the career aspirations & the technical aptitude of professionals who seek ethical & effective fundraising systems.Sarah is currently an active member of the Asian Task Force for the Association of Fundraising Professionals, a board advisory member for the e-Philanthropy Foundation, and an active Rotarian.
Since 1998, Ms. Tenney
has participated as an AFP Aloha Chapter Board Member as well as a variety of committee roles for Hawaii's National Philanthropy Day Awards
.As only one of 16 certified fundraising executives in the Pacific Rim, Ms. Tenney has numerous accolades for community service, including the Waikiki Rotarian of the Year, and is a trusted liaison to resolve conflicting interests between for-profit and non-profit businesses.Ms. Tenney
enjoys faculty participantion, and offers support for the nonprofit business management certificate program at Kapi'olani Community College
is often invited into private, philanthropic initiatives and presents for international & mainland symposiums and educational venues.As a self defined electrical engineering dropout, Sarah holds an Executive M.B.A. degree in International Entrepreneurship from the University of Hawaii as well as a B.A. in Japanese & Chinese Asian Studies. Previous to TenneyTech, Ms. Tenney acted as Annual Giving & Digital Strategy Director for Kapi'olani Health Foundation, the host of the Hawaii Children's Miracle Network & the premier children's hospital in the Pacific Rim, and acted as the Statewide Director of Junior Achievement of Hawaii.Sarah
married to Dan Tenney and they live in Honolulu.
aspires to see 500 certified, professional fundraisers practicing in the State of Hawaii.