Barbara Kibbe

Barbara Kibbe

Director of Effectiveness, S. D. Bechtel, Jr. Foundation

Barbara Kibbe joined the S. D. Bechtel, Jr. Foundation as director of organizational effectiveness in 2013. She came to the Foundation with 25 years of experience in philanthropy as an executive, a consultant, a grantmaker, and a foundation program director working with family, private, corporate, and community foundations. Barbara is co-author of Succeeding with Consultants and Grantmaking Basics. In 2010, she co-authored What’s Next for Philanthropy. She is a founder of Grantmakers for Effective Organizations (GEO), an organization dedicated to building knowledge, promoting learning, and encouraging dialogue on nonprofit and grantmaker effectiveness. Barbara holds a B.A. in art from Wagner College and a J.D. from Brooklyn Law School.


Philanthropic Spend Down: A Retreat Sponsored by the S. D. Bechtel, Jr. Foundation (April 2020)

Posted on November 21, 2019 by Christopher G. Oechsli, Barbara Kibbe, Tony Proscio

In light of COVID-19, all attendees have been directly contacted and offered an abbreviated virtual program or to register for our October west coast retreat in California or to review other options with staff. A rescheduled date for this east coast retreat will be announced in late May. Additional support opportunities were also sent to attendees, on behalf of our… Read More

Strategic Lifespan Peer Network: Built for the Long Haul

Posted on March 6, 2019 by Barbara Kibbe, Lois Mitchell

Built for the Long Haul: Equipping Grantees to Succeed When Your Funding Stops Remote Learning: A Discussion Held Via Video Chat & Phone Navigating a spend-down foundation can be challenging. We heard from the peer network that 70% of you were working on the strategy of sustaining grantees & collaborations with investments in capacity. Gather together to discuss strategies to… Read More

Strategic Lifespan Peer Network: The Final Chapter

Posted on January 28, 2019 by Barbara Kibbe, Lois Mitchell

The Final Chapter: Planning for a Smooth Conclusion Remote Learning: A Discussion Held Via Video Chat & Phone Spending up or leaving a legacy? As your foundation plans for your strategic and limited lifespan, do you plan to support organizations with legacy grants or an endowment for specific causes your family or fund may have founded? How do you honor… Read More

Exiting Responsibly: Making Wise Choices As You Wrap Up

Posted on January 12, 2019 by Allison Ross, Dan Fontaine, Barbara Kibbe, Lois Mitchell

Exiting Responsibly: Making Wise Choices As You Wrap Up Whether your foundation is considering wrapping up a long-term initiative or completely spending down and sunsetting your foundation, this webinar will provide valuable ideas and approaches. Hear from field experience how to navigate this complex and challenging process to maximize the potential for impact while leaving grantees and fields strong… Read More

Traits of a Good Consultant

Posted on October 23, 2002 by Barbara Kibbe

This sidebar explains the three key traits of philanthropic consultants: facilitation skills, sensitivity to family dynamics and group behavior, and relevant experience for the task… Read More

When a Consultant Can Help

Posted on October 20, 2002 by Barbara Kibbe

An important characteristic of most respected - and successful - grantmakers is self-reflection. They plan, they assess, they evaluate, and they communicate. And, sooner or later, many look to outside experts or consultants for help with specific tasks… Read More