Saratoga Springs  – The Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation announced the appointment of Meredith Woolford as the organization’s new Director of Donor Engagement. A pivotal role, Woolford will spearhead initiatives to cultivate and expand relationships with donors, furthering the mission to provide a lifetime sanctuary for retired racehorses.

Woolford brings extensive experience and a passion for nonprofit work. She held various roles at Saks Fifth Avenue in corporate marketing for more than a decade. As director of marketing operations, charitable giving, and partnerships, she ran philanthropic efforts for the company.

Woolford joined the Saratoga Hospital Foundation as manager of institutional advancement and was promoted to executive director. Her work continued the mission of expanding healthcare available to the Saratoga Community. Drawing on a background in non-profit management and development, she is poised to drive fundraising efforts to new heights.

Woolford expressed her enthusiasm for the opportunity to make a meaningful impact in the lives of retired racehorses and those who support their welfare.

“I am honored to join The Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation and contribute to the vital work of ensuring a dignified retirement for these racehorses and supporting the TRF Second Chances Program. I look forward to engaging with our generous donors and stakeholders to advance TRF’s mission,” Woolford said.

“We are excited to welcome Meredith. Her proven track record in fundraising combined with her genuine commitment to our cause make her the perfect fit for this role. We are confident that with Meredith as part of our team, the TRF will continue to make significant strides in championing the welfare of retired racehorses,” COO Maggie Sweet said.

Founded in 1983, the Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation is a national organization devoted to providing a lifetime sanctuary for Thoroughbreds after their racing careers as well as opportunities for people wishing to improve their well-being through the undeniable healing power of horses.

Best known for its pioneering Second Chances Program, the organization provides incarcerated individuals with life-changing vocational training through an accredited equine care and stable management program. At eight correctional facilities across the US, including one juvenile justice facility, this program offers second careers to its horses and a second chance at life for program graduates upon release from prison.

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