Sara Miller McCune

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Sara Miller McCune
BornManhattan, New York City, U.S.
OccupationBusinesswoman, philanthropist
Spouse(s)George McCune (deceased)

Sara Miller McCune is an American businesswoman and philanthropist. She is the co-founder and Chair of SAGE Publishing.

Early life[edit]

McCune was born the eldest of two in her family, a middle-class Jewish family in Manhattan.[1]

She was international president of B'nai B'rith Girls at the age of 19, and has spoken of the importance of tzedakah.[1]


In 2007, McCune founded the Miller-McCune Center for Research, Media and Public Policy [2]in Santa Barbara, California, and serves as its executive chairman. In 2008, she announced the launch of Miller-McCune magazine, published in print and online, by the nonprofit Miller McCune Center for Research, Media and Public Policy, with support from SAGE.[3] On February 21, 2012 the magazine rebranded as Pacific Standard. In 2017, the magazine and the center’s mission were transferred to the newly launched Social Justice Foundation.


Miller has funded schools in the developing world,[4] and made contributions to California organizations and educational establishments, including $2.5 million to Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital,[5] $3.5 million to found the SAGE Center For the Study of the Mind at UCSB,[6][7] and over $5 million to the Granada Theater Restoration Project.[8] She is also a Trustee and supporter of the UCSB Foundation [7] She founded the charitable McCune Foundation in 1990.[9] In 2003, she received the Spirit of Entrepreneurship award at the Entrepreneur of the Year awards, sponsored by Ernst and Young.[10] Women’s Campaign International (WCI) recently honored her at an event entitled Shattering The Glass Ceiling: Honoring Inspirational Women Around The Globe.[11]

In 2014, she became a member of the distinguished Visiting Committee of the Social Science Research Council, based in New York City.[12] In 2015, she established a fund for research methods at the Council.[13] In 2017, she joined the Council’s board of directors.


In 2016, McCune received an honorary degree from CSU Channel Islands for her support for the arts, social issues and patronage and an honorary doctorate from Sussex University.[14]

In 2014, McCune was named as one of Folio’s 100 Visionaries.[15] In 2016, McCune received the Rock Star: Lifetime Achievement Award from the spirt of Entrepreneurship Foundation.[16] In 2017, McCune was recognized and honored by the Association of Learned and Professional Society Publishers for her contribution to scholarly publishing.[17] and in 2018, she was awarded the London Book Fair Lifetime Achievement Award in recognition of her 50+ years working within the publishing industry.[18] She was elected to the American Philosophical Society in 2018.[19]


  1. ^ a b Robyn Rosen (May 5, 2011). "Sara steps in to help the Globe". Retrieved August 20, 2013.
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  3. ^ "The Santa Barbara Independent Miller McCune Launches New Magazine". 2008-03-21. Retrieved 2012-02-02.
  4. ^ "Welcome to Ghimire Foundation – Messages from Donors". Archived from the original on 2012-02-19. Retrieved 2012-02-02.
  5. ^ "Two miles may not be enough". 2003-06-05. Retrieved 2012-02-02.
  6. ^ "SAGE Center". 2012-01-26. Retrieved 2012-02-02.
  7. ^ a b "UCSB Press Release: "Philanthropist Sara Miller McCune and SAGE Publications Establish Endowed Chair for UCSB Dean of Social Sciences "". 2008-02-27. Retrieved 2012-02-02.
  8. ^ "Donors to The Granada Theatre Restoration Project". 12 October 2008. Archived from the original on 12 October 2008. Retrieved 23 May 2018.
  9. ^ "Our Mission & Vision". McCune Foundation. Archived from the original on 2012-02-19. Retrieved 2012-02-02.
  10. ^ "Archives | Thousand Oaks Acorn". Retrieved 2012-02-02.
  11. ^ "Women's Campaign International | Event Report: Shattering the Glass Ceiling". 2008-11-20. Archived from the original on 2009-04-25. Retrieved 2012-02-02.
  12. ^ "Sara Miller McCune Endows the Directorship of the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences - Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences". Retrieved 23 May 2018.
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  18. ^ "{title}". Archived from the original on 2018-06-12. Retrieved 2018-05-23.
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