Sally Fuller joined the Davis Foundation after a career in communications and marketing to head the Cherish Every Child initiative, the Foundation’s strategy developed to focus on early childhood education and other critical early childhood issues. The initiative has been a critical ally in the successful passage of universal Pre-K legislation in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, and has also successfully engaged the workforce development and family literacy establishment in recognizing the long-term return on investments in early education.
Sally has played a leadership role for the Davis Foundation in launching the Read! Reading Success by 4th Grade campaign, an outgrowth of the Cherish Every Child initiative. In her role as Project Director, she is responsible for grantmaking, branding, community engagement and communications outreach and has engaged early educators, public school representatives, families, other foundations, business leaders and public policy officials in the effort to improve reading proficiency in Springfield. She has also launched and maintained a comprehensive social media presence for the initiative.
Sally has been asked to present at national conferences and, through her work, Springfield has achieved regional and national recognition in its effort to improve reading proficiency. Largely through her efforts, Springfield achieved All-America City status for Grade-Level Reading by the National Civic League. Partner in a national movement, the Campaign for Grade-Level Reading, the initiative has also been recognized as a Pacesetter Community in 2012, 2013 and 2014.
Sally coordinated the development and release of a report that has become the community’s guide on reading proficiency: Reading Success by 4th Grade: A Blueprint for Springfield. She is frequently consulted by other communities and organizations engaged in the work of improving early literacy.
Prior to joining the Davis Foundation, Sally volunteered her time in support of a number of Greater Springfield-area community organizations, including WGBY Public Television for New England, the Girl Scouts, Springfield Day Nursery, Springfield School Volunteers and the Ronald McDonald House. She is currently involved in the promotion of and funding administration for volunteer programs on a statewide level as a board member of the Massachusetts Service Alliance.
Sally is the proud grandmother of four toddlers, to whom she reads aloud regularly!