Meet the Philanthropy Advisors

Sandra Sahusilawani
Central and Eastern Europe, and Asia

Office: SOS Children’s Villages The Netherlands
Telephone: +31 20 512 1661
Email: philanthropy@sos-kd.org

Sandra Sahusilawani joined SOS Children’s Villages International in April 2015. Before joining the international office, Sandra worked for six years as a major donor fundraiser for SOS Children’s Villages The Netherlands, and for 15 years prior to that in private banking. Sandra grew up in Amsterdam and is a Dutch national with Indonesian roots. She speaks Dutch and English, and understands German, French and Indonesian. She lives in The Netherlands with her husband and daughter.

“It is a privilege to work for SOS Children's Villages. In my job, I meet inspiring supporters of our work who share their personal motivations, life stories and engagement with our vision. I feel very proud and humble when SOS mothers and SOS social workers share stories of their daily challenges and successes to make a difference in the life of a child. I love my job because I can share these stories with those who want to contribute to creating opportunities for children.  SOS Children’s Villages has the unique combination of being a very practical, hands-on organisation with a holistic, long-term vision. This is what makes it different from other child-oriented organisations, and why I am proud to advocate for its mission.”


 

R. Lacy Selig
The Americas

Office: SOS Children’s Villages USA
Telephone: +1 202 470 5173
Email: philanthropy@sos-kd.org

 

R. Lacy Selig joined SOS Children’s Villages in March 2016. Prior to joining the SOS team, Lacy worked as an Executive Director of fundraising and strategy with CCS, a global fundraising consulting company, and, before that, in U.S. national politics. Lacy received her Master’s in International Development Management from the London School of Economics and Political Science and wrote her Master’s thesis on the impact of education on persistent poverty in the Mississippi Delta, her home region in the United States.
 




“In North and South America, we have a strong culture of giving, with philanthropists inspiring and challenging each other to create true change. As SOS Children’s Villages grows our awareness in the Americas, I look forward to connecting more of these generous families with SOS’s trusted and innovative work. One only has to meet a child participant in an SOS programme, or visit an SOS village, to understand the power of SOS Children’s Villages in transforming lives and communities around the world.”


 

Nina Edholm
Scandinavia and Africa

Office: SOS Children’s Villages Norway
Telephone: +47 23 353 900
Email: philanthropy@sos-kd.org


Nina Edholm joined SOS Children’s Villages Norway in 2006 as a corporate and major donor fundraiser. Before that she held several positions with a leading supplier of branded consumer goods. Nina has a Master’s Degree in Development Economics from the Norwegian University of Life Science and conducted her Master’s thesis in Tanzania on access to informal credit for small scale farmers (micro credit). In April 2014 she joined SOS Children´s Villages International as a Global Philanthropy Advisor. She speaks Norwegian and English and lives in Norway with her husband and two children.

“I grew up in Oslo, Norway, with the knowledge that I am very fortunate to have a caring family and live in a supportive community.  I find it very inspiring to meet our engaged donors – people who would like to make a difference in the lives of children and who spend their time, energy and money on making the world a better place for the least fortunate, now and in the future. I am very passionate about the difference the work of SOS Children’s Villages makes in the lives of thousands of people every day. I feel very proud and humble when I think about the job my co-workers do every day in 134 countries around the world. They enable the children to give something back to their societies. We can all be involved, and together make a difference."


 

Caroline Thomas
Western Europe, UK, Middle East and Australia

Office: SOS Children's Villages Germany
Telephone: +49 89 1 79 14140
Email: philanthropy@sos-kd.org


Caroline began her career in Singapore as a credit analyst for a global banking institution. A re-location to London four years later, and further work in credit and business analysis, enabled her to build up an in-depth knowledge of the corporate world. However, a passion for opera inspired a change of career and, after several years working in senior management in the arts and higher education in the UK, she moved to Munich, Germany, and joined SOS Children’s Villages. Caroline holds a Master’s degree in Economic and Social History from the University of Glasgow and a Diploma in Opera Management from the University of London.


“With over ten years’ experience of building long-term relationships with a wide range of donors and partners, I have learnt that every individual has their own motivation for giving. In this way, I have always been keen to understand what a donor wants to achieve with their support and connect them with their goals. The difference a donor’s support can make to the lives of children and young people living in difficult, and often perilous, circumstances can be life-changing. I find my work for SOS Children’s Villages incredibly rewarding and am continually convinced that we are the right organisation, with the right approach, to improve the lives of the world’s most vulnerable children. From talking to inspiring co-workers in the field to meeting SOS mothers and caregivers from around the world, I am proud to work alongside such dedicated and motivated colleagues who share our vision of giving every child a loving home.”


Meet some of the donors who help make children, families and communities stronger through SOS Children's Villages' projects.