SouthCoast Community Foundation Hires Director of Engagement, Director of Finance, and Manager of Marketing & Communications.

Dec 17, 2020

Broadens organizational capacity as part of its five-year strategy.

NEW BEDFORD, MA – The SouthCoast Community Foundation announced today the hiring of Sarah Rose as Director of Engagement; Charles Holley as Director of Finance & Administration; and Kim Goddard as Manager of Marketing & Communications. The filling of these positions furthers the organization’s five-year re-commitment strategy to create and sustain capacity and expertise in order to effectively serve the needs of the region.

“All three individuals come with a wealth of expertise and have been deeply involved in their communities making them all great candidates,” stated Community Foundation President, John Vasconcellos. “I’m really excited to take the Foundation to the next level with their help, furthering our mission to build philanthropy for our region, support the many great nonprofits doing critically important work, helping our youth to fulfill their dreams, and improving the quality of life for everyone fortunate enough to live in southeastern Massachusetts.”

Sarah Rose is filling the newly created position, Director of Engagement. As a senior member of the staff, Sarah will provide executive leadership, strategic oversight, and execution of the Foundation’s programs and fund development. Her role will be responsible for the external facing side of the Community Foundation ensuring that the strategic initiatives of the organization are well supported and enhanced through strong community relations, robust philanthropic programs, collaborative partnerships, and effective fund development. Ms. Rose comes to the Foundation with 35 years of experience most recently as Deputy Director for Education and Outreach for the Plimoth Patuxet Museums (formerly Plimoth Plantation) and Vice President for Education and Programs for the New Bedford Whaling Museum. Among her many accomplishments, she is also on the Board of Fishers Island Library Association, and Friends Academy.

Regarding her appointment, Rose commented, “I am passionate about the Southcoast and the opportunities the Foundation has to drive economic, cultural, and educational initiatives. Our region has so many extraordinarily generous people who are eager to create opportunities for change and the Community Foundation is well positioned to build alliances that will produce outcomes that are far greater than the sum of the parts. I am excited to join the dynamic team, the vibrant community of non-profit organizations, and informed and visionary philanthropists to deliver on this collective potential.”

Charles Holley is stepping into a role that has been managed by Pam Evans for the last six years but who has chosen to retire from the Foundation at the end of the year. As another senior member of the staff, Charles will provide executive leadership and strategic oversight for the financial and administrative operations of the Foundation. As part of the role, Charles will be responsible for the internal operations of the Community Foundation ensuring that the strategic initiatives of the organization are well supported and enhanced through strong finances, administration, and information technology. Holley brings over 20 years of financial experience working most recently for Boston Harbor Now as Director of Finance & Administration and as Chief Financial Officer for Dudley Street Neighborhood Initiative. He is currently serving as Board Treasurer at the Mystic River Watershed Association.

“It is an honor to support a community foundation that is doing so much to improve the lives of so many,” said Charles. “I’m excited to join the team. Not only am I looking forward to digging into the work and applying my experience in the private, public, and nonprofit sectors but to also learn from everyone involved.”

Kim Goddard is taking on the role of Manager of Marketing & Communications, a discipline the organization prioritized at the beginning of the year. Goddard will be the organization’s brand steward and responsible for marketing strategy, the promotion of programs and initiatives, the website, and all aspects of communications including digital and traditional media outreach. Kim comes to the Foundation with over 30 years of marketing experience working for brands such as Bose Corporation and Lucasfilm. Goddard has worked with several, local nonprofits including Community Boating Center, DATMA, Our Sisters’ School, Superflat NB, and Coastal Neighbors Network where she chaired the Marketing Committee and was also a Board member.

“When I moved to the area five years ago, it was important to me that I get involved in the community leveraging my experience and passion for Marketing,” commented Kim. “Upon doing so, it became immediately apparent the Foundation was doing important work in the region. I couldn’t be happier to be part of this team and philanthropic effort.”

The SouthCoast Community Foundation is a public charity serving thousands of people throughout Southeastern Massachusetts who share a common goal of improving the quality of life through philanthropy. Since 1995, the Community Foundation has distributed over $39 million from more than 200 funds to humanitarian, educational, and cultural organizations in the region. To learn more about the Community Foundation, visit

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Director of Engagement – Sarah Rose

Director of Finance & Administration – Charles Holley

Manager of Marketing & Communications – Kim Goddard

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