Holding considerable expertise in nonprofit development, Sandie Fauriol retired from her position as the director of development with the AARP Foundation in 2007. She began her work with the AARP as the director of the annual campaign for the AARP Andrus Foundation in 1996, later serving as the director of development for the foundation in 1999. In 2002, she joined the Andrus Foundation’s parent organization, the AARP Foundation, as the acting chief development officer, before attaining her final posting as director of development in 2004. Ms. Fauriol cites her time with the AARP as the highlight of her career, nothing that it was a wonderful place to work and she enjoyed being able to work her way up the ranks into higher and higher positions.
Between 1992 and 1996, Ms. Fauriol was the director of development for the Asbury Methodist Village and the executive director of the Asbury Foundation, having served as a campaign director for the National Museum of Health and Medicine from 1990 to 1991. A fundraising consultant from 1987 to 1993, she came to the nonprofit sector after some early work she did as an administrative assistant where she helped her company at the time raise funds to move to a new building. During that time, she founded and served as the first president of the Center for the New Leadership, following her time as the co-founder and executive director for the Project on the Vietnam Generation from 1985 to 1987. Through the Center for the New Leadership, she published “Enduring Legacies: Expressions From the Hearts and Minds of the Vietnam Generation” in 1987.
From 1980 to 1983, Ms. Fauriol was the campaign director for the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund and the National Salute to Vietnam Veterans at the dedication of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial. This was a particularly memorable moment for her, because there were those who told the people working toward the memorial that it couldn’t be done, but they were determined. Ms. Fauriol has said that she felt like “a shepherd doing God’s work.” Her early work also included being the director of development for Youth for Understanding USA, the vice president for development for the Martineau Corp. and a resource development officer and executive director for Planned Parenthood of Metropolitan Washington, DC.
Prior to embarking on her career, Ms. Fauriol completed coursework at the University of North Carolina from 1967 to 1969 before joining Ohio University, where she earned a Bachelor of Arts in 1971. Gaining experience in fundraising under the guidance of Robert Semple, she undertook graduate coursework at Georgetown University in 1980 and became certified as a fund raising executive in 1984. In order to keep abreast of developments in her field, she maintained professional affiliation with the Association of Fundraising Professionals, notably serving as the president of the Greater Washington Area chapter from 1988 to 1990. For excellence in her career, Ms. Fauriol was presented with the Outstanding Fundraising Executive Award in 1983 and the Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award in 2020.