Brandywine welcomes two staff members to campus development team

MEDIA, Pa. — Sarah Daly and Helen Stauffer recently joined Penn State Brandywine’s Office of University Development.

Daly serves as the campus’ assistant director of stewardship, development communication and alumni engagement. A Penn State alumna, she completed an 11-week internship with the Office of Development and Alumni Relations at University Park before graduating in 2015. Prior to joining Penn State Brandywine, Daly served as the assistant director of individual philanthropy at Immaculata University.

“Everyone here seems very invested in the campus and its students,” she said. “It feels like a real team environment with everyone working toward a common goal of supporting Brandywine’s mission.”

In her new role, Daly will support Brandywine’s fundraising initiatives by creating and implementing a campus stewardship plan, increasing strategic donor communications and working closely with the campus’ alumni society board. 

“I hope that my work building stewardship, alumni engagement and donor communication plans will set the groundwork for strengthening the culture of philanthropy here at Penn State Brandywine,” she said.

Stauffer serves as the campus’ development administrative assistant. Previously, she worked as a corporate trainer at Vanguard, an investment management company, where she trained a variety of audiences on topics such as investing, retirement planning and economics. After working at Vanguard for 10 years, Stauffer left the workforce to raise her three children.

“In my short time here, I’ve met so many lovely people from a variety of backgrounds and quickly realized that Penn State is truly a family,” she said. “Everyone here is committed to doing good work for their departments and the University as a whole.”

As development’s administrative assistant, Stauffer will provide support for several development initiatives — from managing the budget and development systems, to processing donations and planning events.

“I think the greatest impact I can have on this campus is to give the best of myself,” she said. “I am outgoing and friendly, and I think those qualities help bring people together to achieve a common goal.”