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Jill Seltzer Appointed Executive Director of SAG Foundation

The new head is a veteran foundation and program executive.

Jill Seltzer, an experienced foundation and fundraising executive, has been appointed head of the SAG Foundation, the organization said on Thursday.

Seltzer previously worked at several family foundations – a role in which she awarded grants – and as VP of Institutional Advancement for WBEZ Chicago Public Media, a public radio station, a capacity in which she was on the other side of the table, i.e., raising money and implementing various programs.

In an interview with THR, Seltzer said her background dovetailed well with her new position. “The job is a mixture of fundraising, program delivery and management,” she commented.

The Foundation is a legally separate entity from the guild and is responsible for its own fundraising, such as via a celebrity golf tournament held earlier this week. It receives no funding from union members’ dues.

Seltzer emphasized that the organization serves both actors, through a variety of programs, and segments of the general public, such as through literacy programs in public schools, hospitals and shelters.

Programs for actors include Life Raft educational seminars, conversations with prominent actors and show casts, and a casting access program. “We serve the industry and beyond,” Seltzer said.

Seltzer replaces former SAG executive Sallie Weaver, who served as interim executive director for five months. Weaver was preceded by 16 year veteran Marcia Smith.

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