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Topic: “Leadership”

Advocating For State-Level Systems Changes: Policy Work By a Small Foundation

Leanly staffed family foundations can punch well above their weight, working with other funders and grantees to change systems. Over the past seven years, the Thornburg Foundation has experienced this firsthand. Given the depth of the challenges facing the state of New Mexico, systemic change is particularly important to our board chair and founder, Garrett... Read More

Identifying Unmet Needs in Black-Led Organizations and Black Communities

As program officer at the POISE Foundation, Traci Johnson helps Black-led, Black-serving organizations bring change to their communities. During the pandemic, Traci recognized Black-led organizations and communities were far more impacted. She wanted to alleviate burdens on grantees, and speed up the time it took to get resources into the hands of organizations serving on... Read More

Investing in Evidence-Based Support for Greater Philanthropic Impact

As CEO of the Bob Woodruff Foundation, Anne Marie Dougherty’s approach to philanthropy is entrepreneurial, data-driven, and systems-oriented. Under Anne Marie’s leadership, the foundation is breaking out of the veteran philanthropy silo and embracing the business world. They’re helping partners understand their contributions as an investment in the well-being of veterans and their families, but... Read More

Infusing New Perspectives Into Philanthropy

As vice president, professional learning & family philanthropy, Kameron Green is a leader in developing and implementing professional learning and programs for Southern California Grantmakers. Kameron innovated SCG’s programming to include a whole person model, acknowledging that we are whole people with brains, hearts, bodies, and lived experiences, working to bring about a just and... Read More

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How Small Funders Can Help Local School Systems Use Federal Relief to Target Local Needs

A little over a year ago, I was participating in Exponent Philanthropy’s Weekly Funder Discussions on Zoom, talking about the role philanthropy could play during the coffee and blankets stage of the pandemic. From my peers, I learned about being flexible in grant terms, the importance of listening well, and the need for open communications... Read More