Sarah M. Jackson '01, founder and principal of Sarah J Consulting, was recently named the 2013 North of Boston Businesswoman of the Year in the Small Business category. The 13th annual ceremony and luncheon was hosted by The Daily Item at the Holiday Inn in Peabody, Mass., on October 23, 2013. Jackson was selected from 11 nominees by an independent panel of accomplished businesswomen.

"Being nominated by my colleagues for this award was an honor in itself," Jackson said through a press release on her website. "It is incredibly motivating to know that others believe in and support my work. I am encouraged to grow as an entrepreneur by helping more nonprofit organizations to fulfill their missions."

When Jackson launched Sarah J Consulting in January 2012, she sought to help nonprofit organizations in medicine, education and the arts raise more money and tell their stories in the most compelling way. She helps strengthen her clients' fundraising knowledge and skills, identify their opportunities for growth and equip them with the tools they need for fundraising success. With her clients, she has raised more than $700,000 in foundation support, partnered on more than 50 major gift, foundation, and corporate solicitations and crafted clear content to inspire giving.

Prior to launching Sarah J Consulting, Jackson served as Managing Director of Institutional Giving at Harvard University, where she managed prospective donors capable of giving at least $1 million to the institution, and as Associate Director of Corporate and Foundation Relations for Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, where she helped to raise $14 million over six years to support its $1-billion Mission Possible campaign. Throughout her career, Jackson has worked on more than 600 charitable solicitations.