Grantee Profile

Remembering Sally Berg

The Board and Staff of the Foundation for Community Health were greatly saddened by the passing of our friend and colleague, Sally W. Berg, on February 7 during her annual stay in Florida.   Sally served on our board between 2013 and 2019.  During that time she shared her expertise and worked on committees such as the Governance, Strategic Planning and Grants Review.

It can be said that she lived a life filled with philanthropic contributions that made a meaningful difference in the lives of many.  Among her many accomplishments, Sally founded the Friends of New York Cornell Hospital in Westchester County. She also received a Courage Award from President Reagan for an Outward Bound course she organized for women with breast cancer while she was the Associate Director of Service and Rehabilitation for the Westchester Division of The American Cancer Society. Subsequently, she became the co-chair of SHARE, an organization offering emotional and educational support for women with breast cancer. During her tenure over a three year period, she was able to increase the funds raised by 280%. In 1993, she co-founded The Catalog for Giving, raising over $5 million for community based organizations working with at-risk youth of New York City. From 2000 to 2004, she served on the Legal Disciplinary Committee for the First Judicial District in New York City and from 2003 to 2012, she was on the board of Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation and she was still serving on the board of the Fund for Columbia County. 

Her friend and fellow FCH board member, Hila Richardson, shared  that “she [Sally] was an extraordinary woman who lived a full, interesting and meaningful life.  Many charities benefited from her endless energy and unstoppable determination to further their missions.  She could make you laugh while getting you to donate your money or time at the very same moment.  She was unique in her intelligence, generosity, sense of humor and love of family and friends. She leaves a big hole in many lives”. 

 Sally was a caring and committed board member who was  concerned about the wellbeing of her neighbors and community and worked to do something about it.  Sally W. Berg leaves a legacy that we are proud to acknowledge.   “I will miss her quick wit and her passion for helping people” said Nancy Heaton, FCH CEO.   

Her obituary and other information will be shared as it becomes available.