Sarah BJ Sung founded Pinnacle Social Impact Consultancy out of passion for corporate social responsibility and the true social impact the corporate sector, in partnership with nonprofit organizations, can have in the community. With over 20 years of experience in both corporate social responsibility (CSR) and nonprofit management, BJ has intimate knowledge of both worlds and is uniquely qualified to build strategic partnerships that have real impact.
BJ’s passion for social impact began as a child. “When I was growing up, my mother often said to me ‘share, even if you have only half a bean.’ These words guided me throughout my life and career.”
In grade school, BJ promptly put her mother’s word into practice by helping new students get settled in and acclimated in their new environment. In her teens, she worked with runaway kids to reunite with their families and overcome challenges. In her twenties, she joined the local community board and served on the boards of nonprofit organizations to better understand and serve the needs of the community. These experiences led BJ to a career in CSR where she found her professional home.
As a CSR professional, BJ built strategic partnerships, created signature programs, trained and placed executives on nonprofit boards, managed employee volunteerism, and improved CRA ratings. Program areas included financial literacy, community development, STEM, civic engagement, and girls education. She also funded and implemented capacity building programs that included board leadership, succession planning, development strategy, and operational excellence for hundreds of nonprofit partners.
As board chair of KAFSC, BJ successfully grew organization tripling their operating budget, led a merger, and diversified the board. She served on numerous other nonprofit boards holding positions such as development chair, gala chair, board governance chair, and admin chair.
For her work in CSR, community service, and social impact, BJ has received numerous awards and other recognitions from NYC Office of Mayor Bloomberg & the NYC Commission on Women’s Issues, Manhattan Borough President, NYS Assembly/NYC Council, Queens Borough President, Queens Courier & Schnapps Communications Media, Coalition for Asian Children and Families, The Korean Association of Greater New York, and The Korean American Youth Foundation.
After two decades in the CSR and nonprofit fields, BJ now uses the breadth and depth of her experiences to work with corporations and nonprofit organizations to develop smart, effective strategies to be more effective and achieve greater social impact.
And it all started with “half a bean.”