Ashley Blanchard

Ashley Blanchard

NCFP Vice Chair | Head of Philanthropic Services, 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 and 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

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