United Way Welcomes New Development Team

United Way of Greater New Bedford has restructured its development department to be more strategic, efficient and well positioned. It has named two new positions, Sarah Henry – Director of Corporate Relations and Jennifer L. Raxter – Vice President of Development.

Sarah Henry, Director of Corporate Relations

Mrs. Henry joins United Way of Greater New Bedford after spending several years as the Communications and Grant Program Manager at the New England Business Association (formerly the Smaller Business Association of New England). During her tenure at there, Mrs. Henry was responsible for nurturing business relationships with members and partners. Mrs. Henry received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Quinnipiac University and holds a Masters of Education in Early Childhood Education from Lesley University.

As Director of Corporate Relations, Mrs. Henry will develop, implement, and refine strategies to increase retention and growth of the corporate donor and volunteer base and related financial and in-kind resources in support of UWGNB’s mission. This new position will focus on the annual Workplace Giving Campaign, corporate giving, corporate engagement, and sponsorships, and provide general support to UWGNB’s overall fundraising effort.

Jennifer L. Raxter, VP of Development

Ms. Raxter was most recently the Vice President of Institutional Advancement at Franklin Pierce University. Before her time there, she held development positions at both Bristol Community College and the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth.


Ms. Raxter received a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth and holds a Master of Arts from Chapman University. Jennifer is charged with leading, managing and expanding all aspects of UWGNB’s development program with an emphasis on raising major gifts and growing the organization’s donor base across all levels.

“I am thrilled to welcome these amazing women to the United Way team,” said Michelle N. Hantman, President & CEO of United Way. “This is an exciting time for our organization and there is no doubt that they will help us continue to grow and effectively make positive change in Greater New Bedford.”

United Way fights for the health, education, and financial stability of every person in Greater New Bedford by mobilizing people, partnerships, and resources. Since 1953, United Way has served the City of New Bedford and surrounding towns of Acushnet, Dartmouth, Fairhaven, Freetown, Marion, Mattapoisett, Rochester and Wareham. To learn more about United Way of Greater New Bedford, visit unitedwayofgnb.org.