Anthony Richardson

Executive Director, Nord Family Foundation

Anthony Richardson is executive director of The Nord Family Foundation and oversees the foundation’s day-to-day operations including fiscal management, program development, strategic direction and community relations.

Prior to joining the foundation in 2015, Anthony served as a councilman at-large in the City of Lorain, where he was the youngest person of color elected to an At-Large seat in the city’s history.  During his second term, Anthony served as chairman of the Police, Fire, and Legislative Standing Committee, and sponsored legislation to increase hiring goal percentages for racial minorities and women on city projects.  In 2012, Anthony served as the civic and political chair for the Lorain City Schools Levy Committee, which helped the school district pass its first levy for new operating dollars since 1992. Later that year, Anthony was invited by the Obama Administration to attend a “Working Meeting on Fiscal Cliff” at the White House.  In 2017, he was appointed by Ohio’s Superintendent of Public Instruction to serve as chairman of the Lorain Academic Distress Commission, a joint local and state committee established to turnaround Lorain City School District.

On a national level, Anthony serves as a board member for Funders Together to End Homelessness, The Center for Effective Philanthropy and The Corella & Bertram F. Bonner Foundation.  He is also a Philanthropy Ohio board member.

In 2017, Anthony received Philanthropy Ohio’s Emerging Philanthropist Award.  He is also featured in The Chronicle of Philanthropy’s “The Influencers: People Quietly Changing the Nonprofit World.”

Anthony holds a bachelor’s degree from Oberlin College and a juris doctorate from The Ohio State University’s Michael E. Moritz College of Law.


Grantee Relationships and Power Dynamics

Posted on December 7, 2020 by Anthony Richardson, Mailee Walker, Melinda Tuan

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Power dynamics are inherent in traditional philanthropy: a funder gives and a grantee receives. This imbalance has the ability to inhibit productive, honest partnerships and stymie successful outcomes. It is often difficult for a grantee to discuss their needs and concerns when their financial future is on the line. Funders must acknowledge these dynamics with grantee partners and learn how… Read More