Ana Akhtar

Vice President of Donor Services, Silicon Valley Community Foundation

As vice president of donor services, Ana Akhtar leads a department of 20 professionals across various operations teams—including gifts, grants, scholarships and consulting – that facilitate the annual distribution of more than $2 billion in grants to over 5,000 nonprofit organizations. Ana is responsible for the strategic direction of SVCF’s donor services to ensure that SVCF delivers value to donor and grantees. Prior to joining SVCF in 2020, Ana was at KPMG LLP for over 19 years in the philanthropic consulting department, serving in various roles. She advised top 20 private foundations and Fortune 500 companies on social investments. She delivered solutions across multiple issue areas, including operational planning, nonprofit effectiveness, risk assessments, programmatic and financial evaluations, development of signature programs, strategic partnerships and community grantmaking.Ana holds a bachelor’s degree in political science from Middlebury College and a master’s degree in accounting from University of Miami.


Community Foundations Topical Call: Managing Fee-For-Service Philanthropy Advising and Consulting Work

Posted on September 6, 2023 by Ana Akhtar, J.M. Johnson, Colleen McCarthy Blair, Tony Macklin

The wealth management industry has steadily increased fee-based advisory services, complementing or entirely replacing income earned from assets under management. Two drivers of this shift are the competition from lost-cost investing options shrinking firms’ profit margins, and the interest of rising generations and mass-affluent clients in fee transparency. Community foundations have also been experimenting with fee-based advisory and grantmaking services,… Read More