Sarah Lanners Avinger, CFRE, MBA


Sarah Lanners Avinger serves as chief philanthropy officer for YWCA Central Carolinas. She is responsible for leading the philanthropy team and helping sustain the organization’s mission and programs by securing significant contributed revenue. Sarah joined the YWCA team in April of 2020 after six years at Arts+ (formerly Community School of the Arts) in Charlotte, most recently as the director of annual giving.

A native of Georgia, Sarah graduated from Davidson College in 2013 with a bachelor’s degree in religious studies and minor in Hispanic studies.

She holds a master’s in business administration from Wake Forest University and is a Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE). Sarah has served on the board of the Charlotte Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals since 2017 and currently is the chapter’s secretary. Sarah enjoys volunteering for Heart Math Tutoring at Montclaire Elementary, cooking elaborate meals and dancing.