Alyson Wise

Vice President and Philanthropy Advisor, Bessemer Trust

Ms. Wise is Vice President and Philanthropy Advisor at Bessemer Trust. In this role, she provides guidance on negotiating major gifts, selecting charitable vehicles, developing grantmaking strategies and guidelines, governance best practices, succession planning, and engaging the next generation in philanthropy. She also helps to design and facilitate foundation board and multigenerational family meetings.

Prior to joining Bessemer, Alyson served as Associate Director for the Rockefeller Foundation, leading strategy and programming related to jobs and economic empowerment. She leverages over ten years of experience consulting for family philanthropies and working in corporate, private, and operating foundations. She is an experienced facilitator and author of next generation grantmaking curricula.

She has served on numerous boards and advisory groups including the 100,000 Opportunities Initiative and the Mayor’s Alliance for NYC’s Animals Taking Animals into Loving Spaces (TAILS).

Alyson earned an M.P.A. from New York University, where she was a Lisa Goldberg Philanthropy fellow, and a B.A. from Sarah Lawrence College.


2021 Trustee Education Institute

Posted on March 9, 2021 by Isabel Nogueira, Alyson Wise, Jumi Falusi, Milton Speid, Emily Kaiser, Adrian Ruiz, Lisa Jackson, Priscilla Enriquez, Dorothy Gardner, Regan Pritzker

NCFP’s Trustee Education Institute provides a comprehensive overview of the important legal, investment, ethical, grantmaking, and family dynamics issues facing family foundation board members and CEOs. Featuring the perspectives of innovative donors and a faculty made up of donors, board members, and highly respected philanthropy experts, this virtual seminar covers: Translating values and goals into action Connecting family legacy and… Read More