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Carolyn Sawers
Carolyn Sawers
Chief Executive, Corra Foundation
Carolyn‘s professional bio / interests
I have worked in non-profit funding and grant-giving for more than 20 years, joining the Corra Foundation in 2017 and moving into the CEO role in 2021. Corra Foundation is an independent charitable funder working to amplify and strengthen people’s voices and their power to bring about change. Across my career I have worked in the political, academic and public sectors in Scotland. Most of my roles have been about setting strategies, learning what works, and communicating well. At Corra I support our Trustees and staff team to deliver our strategy. I enjoy joining things up and connecting our work to the big challenges externally. I’m passionate about building a thriving, just and sustainable Scotland and am always looking for ways that we can make a difference.
I’d like help with…
Connecting with leading practice in philanthropy, social investment, impact investing, funding and grantmaking.
An interesting, or unusual fact(s) about me…
I played an unlikely (minor!) role in a US Presidential election...
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A career highlight
I'm proud of the work we did at Corra to develop and set a ten year strategy for the foundation in 2020. It intentionally looks outwards and ahead, and places people's voices, and their power to bring about change, at the centre.
Joined Guild
03 April, 2023