COVID-19 Funder Response

Every Friday in the coming weeks, Exponent Philanthropy will host a live discussion for all lean funders to connect around response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

As we continue to experience its impact on our lives and our communities, we in the giving sector have a unique opportunity to provide critical support to the most vulnerable. These virtual meetings are your opportunity to share stories about responding, learn what actions your peers are taking, and ask questions and make connections in this isolating and unprecedented time.

Members Heidi Dusek and Marne Keller-Krikava of the JJ Keller Foundation in Neenah, Wisconsin, Don Doering of The JRS Biodiversity Foundation in Seattle, Washington, and Lindsay Majer of the Tzedek Social Justice Fund in Asheville, North Carolina will kick off the discussion by sharing how they are responding.

Dr. Don Doering has served as Executive Director of the JRS Biodiversity Foundation since January 2013. JRS has committed $21M to biodiversity informatics since 2007 and has an active grant portfolio of about 30 grants and $6M in total commitments. His expertise is philanthropic strategies to create change and he has over 20 years of experience in strategy development and execution in the for-profit and non-profit sectors. From 2006-2011, Don served at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation in Agricultural Development as Program Officer, Business Officer, and as Senior Strategy Officer. Don has held senior positions at the Wharton School of Business, World Resources Institute, Winrock International, and the International Food Policy Research Institute and consulted to Fortune500 companies and major non-profit organizations. He is a graduate of the Johns Hopkins University in Biophysics and received his Ph.D. in Biology from M.I.T.


Heidi Dusek has professional experience that transcends education, health, nonprofits, university, business, and philanthropy. The connection point is how all of those experiences impact people. In her current role as Executive Director for the J. J. Keller Foundation, she is immersed in human centered design work resulting in innovative ways to support nonprofits with back office solutions and flexible funding mechanisms to drive social innovation on deeply complex topics.


Marne Keller-Krikava recently retired as a CEO to form the Invest In Her Foundation, Inc., a private foundation supporting nonprofits that are helping to create a female friendly future. She has volunteered extensively and has served on numerous non-profit and foundation boards including Girl Scouts of the USA, Women in Trucking and the Women’s Fund. She is currently a member of the Young Presidents Organization (YPO), and a trustee of J. J. Keller & Associates, Inc., the J. J. Keller Foundation and Catalpa Health.


As the Director of Mindful Operations and Finance with the Tzedek Social Justice Fund, Lindsay Majer works to build intention, humanity, and equity around organizational culture, policies, strategy, budgets, and benefits. Along with her team, she constantly examines the privilege and power in philanthropy and looks for ways to redistribute money, resources, and power.