Sarah Archer

Executive Director: Development and Alumni

Ms Sarah Archer has been appointed as the executive director of the Development and Alumni Department (DAD) at the University of Cape Town (UCT) as of 1 May 2022.

Ms Archer joined the University of Cape Town from Stellenbosch University (SU) where she held the position of director of fundraising in the Development and Alumni Relations Department. In this role, she was involved in growing a team of fundraisers as well as a pool of committed and engaged donors, showcasing the work of the university in international circles and building strategic partnerships with multiple stakeholders.

Before her position at SU, Ms Archer was integrally involved in the department she now leads at UCT, having started as coordinator of foundation relations in 2008, then moving to become manager of founder relations a year later before being appointed as the senior manager for international fundraising in 2011. Prior to UCT, she held management roles in the non-profit sector.

Passionate about alumni engagement and building a philanthropic culture not only across university and alumni communities but also within student (pre-alumni) and non-alumni (friend) circles, Ms Archer has a firm belief in the saying “growing our own timber”. Her passions include building collaborative fundraising networks, both within Africa and where there are compelling international opportunities, diversifying donor engagement circles and creating new models of philanthropic partnerships – within the university, across the higher education sector and with broad groupings of stakeholders.

Ms Archer holds a bachelor’s degree in English and psychology, an honours degree in English, a postgraduate diploma in human resources management, and a master’s degree in philosophy in development studies – all from UCT.

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