Ashley Blanchard

Ashley Blanchard

Senior Associate, Lansberg Gersick & Associates; Trustee, Hill-Snowdon Foundation

Ashley Snowdon Blanchard is a seasoned nonprofit strategy and management consultant, with a focus on strategic planning for family foundations. She heads the philanthropy practice at Lansberg Gersick & Associates, where she helps families create philanthropic institutions that make a meaningful impact in the world, and that provide a rewarding family experience.  She also works with enterprising families to develop strategies for integrating their philanthropic and wealth utilization activities into their broader continuity plans.

Ashley works with family foundations to help them clarify and align their social impact and family engagement goals.  She helps families define their collective vision for their philanthropy, and then build the structures and programs to support that vision.  She applies her deep knowledge of family foundation governance to her consulting work and regularly presents and writes on family philanthropy for the National Center for Family Philanthropy, Exponent Philanthropy, Grantmakers for Effective Organizations, and regional associations and affinity groups. She is a fourth-generation family trustee of the Hill-Snowdon Foundation snf recently joined the board of the National Center for Family Philanthropy.  Before to coming to Lansberg Gersick & Associates, Ashley worked as a consultant to foundations, first at TCC Group, and later in her own practice.

Ashley is a graduate of Stanford University and the Goldman School of Public Policy at the University of California, Berkeley, where she completed her Master’s Degree in Public Policy.  She lives in New York City with her husband and children.

Contributions

Voices from the Field

Rethinking “Us” and “Them” in Family Philanthropy

Posted on April 22, 2020 by Ashley Blanchard, Kelin E. Gersick, Ph.D.

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In the past few weeks, we have been inundated with information about how philanthropy can respond to this pandemic. Many emergency and collaborative funds are being formed by reputable intermediaries, making it easier to get money into the hands of those who need it most. It’s heartening to see the clear and consistent messages coming from all parts of the sector: assure your grantee partners that you have their back; keep your funding flexible; support both immediate needs and long-term recovery; and focus on the most vulnerable. We’ve learned these lessons from other crises and need to apply them now… Read More

2020 Trustee Education Institute

Posted on December 22, 2019 by Danielle Oristian York, Renee Kaplan, Valerie Rockefeller, Liesel Pritzker Simmons, Irene Pritzker, Nicholas A. Tedesco, Kimberly Myers Hewlett, Andras Kosaras, Andrew Schulz, Jean Case

NCFP’s Trustee Education Institute provides a comprehensive introduction to important legal, investment, ethical, grantmaking, and family dynamics issues facing family foundation board members. Featuring 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 the public trust Managing fiduciary responsibilities and legal pitfalls… Read More

20th Anniversary Symposium: Imagining the Future of Family Philanthropy

Posted on September 13, 2018 by Virginia M. Esposito, Carol S. Larson, Ayelet Baron, Sierra Clark, A. Sparks, Didier Sylvain, Farhad Ebrahimi, Kelly Chopus, Richard Woo, Mary Mountcastle

In addition to a celebration of NCFP’s 20th Anniversary, the Symposium will explore key themes, trends, and bold ideas generated over the year by the Imagining the Future initiative. We will also unveil several new NCFP research initiatives including Pride of Place, a report exploring how boards stay true to the original geographic focus of the family foundation after trustees have moved away.  … Read More

2018 Trustee Education Institute: The Signature Seminar for Family Foundation Board Members

Posted on March 6, 2018 by Virginia M. Esposito, Andrew Schulz, David Grant, Hahn Le, Holli Rivera, Alice Buhl, Leticia Peguero, Lindsey Griffith, Mary Phillips, Nat Chioke Williams

NCFP’s Trustee Education Institute provides a comprehensive introduction to all of the key legal, investment, ethical, grantmaking, and family dynamics issues facing family foundation board members. Featuring a faculty made up of NCFP’s senior staff and highly respected philanthropy experts, this three day, intensive seminar typically covers: What does it mean to be a steward of both the public’s trust… Read More

2016 Trustee Education Institute: a Comprehensive Seminar for Family Foundation Trustees

Posted on March 9, 2016 by Virginia M. Esposito, Susan Crites Price, Andrew Schulz, Bruce Kahn, David Dodson, David Grant, David Neal, Alice Buhl, Jan Jaffe, Kelin E. Gersick, Ph.D.

NCFP’s Trustee Education Institute provides a comprehensive introduction to all of the key legal, investment, ethical, grantmaking, and family dynamics issues facing family foundation board members. Featuring a faculty made up of NCFP’s senior staff and highly respected philanthropy experts, this three day, intensive seminar will cover: What does it mean to be a steward of both the public’s trust… Read More

Strategic Focus for Family Foundations

Posted on February 14, 2008 by Valerie Jacobs Hapke, Ashley Blanchard

Ashley Blanchard presents how family foundations can transition from a giving approach based on trustees' disparate interests, to a more focused and strategic approach based on common values and interests. Focusing on her own experience as a family foundation trustee, as well as the experience of other giving families that have made a transition to more strategic grantmaking… Read More

Strategic Philanthropy: Maximizing Family Engagement and Social Impact

Posted on February 4, 2008 by Ashley Blanchard

For the sake of family cohesion and engagement, many family foundations base their grantmaking on the varied personal interests of their trustees. The unfortunate result is a scattershot grantmaking portfolio, with limited social impact. Conversely, a family foundation risks excluding family members if they are not interested in a shared programmatic agenda, minimizing the unifying potential of the foundation. The… Read More

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