Bobbi Hapgood

Nonprofit strategist; CEO and President, Ryobi Foundation

Bobbi Hapgood has been involved with her extended family’s foundation, Educational Foundation of America, for over 33 years, serving in many roles over those years, including President. That foundation spans three family lines down four generations and has been in existence since 1959.

Additionally, she serves on the board of the Prentice Foundation as Secretary, President and CEO of the Ryobi Foundation, and Secretary of the Willowmere Foundation – all family foundations. She also serves on the board of the Aspen Community Foundation. When not traveling to work in Colorado for the Ryobi Foundation, Bobbi consults with foundations and nonprofits from her home office in North Carolina. In her past experience, she ran the NC Network of Grantmakers, a regional association of private, community and corporate foundations.


Board Chair Peer Network: Fostering Healthy Communication

Posted on January 9, 2023 by Bobbi Hapgood

A family board working together.
How do you work with your board, both individually and as a collective, to foster better communication? How do you navigate conflict, complex personalities, and engage with your family in the difficult and dynamic role of board chair? Join Bobbi Hapgood, an experienced foundation consultant, foundation executive, and board member herself to learn from her experiences and engage in discussion with… Read More

Designing Effective Board Meetings: Purpose, Outcomes, Process, and People

Posted on December 7, 2021 by Jason Belinkie, Bobbi Hapgood, Holli Rivera

Board meetings serve as a touchpoint for engaged family members and decision makers to come together in service of a collective giving effort—to make choices about strategy, direct funding, and receive updates on the philanthropy. Board meetings can also provide a space for learning and education. Join us for a discussion on how to intentionally design meetings to engage family… Read More

All Peer Network Event: Putting the Fun Back Into Meetings – Navigating Challenges & Barriers

Posted on June 12, 2019 by Bobbi Hapgood

After our last discussion about infusing fun into meetings, it’s time to look at the barriers. We will cover barriers to all different types of meetings (in-person and virtual) and other family engagements. Do family dynamics and other sources of conflict make it difficult to have enjoyable meetings together? How do you diffuse conflict or navigate when people don’t want… Read More

All Peer Network Event: Putting the Fun Back into Family Foundation Meetings

Posted on January 30, 2019 by Bobbi Hapgood

For this special All Peer Network event, join Bobbi Hapgood in a discussion about how to put the fun and meaningfulness back into family foundation work while keeping everyone effectively engaged. Come ready to discuss the balance between fun and completing board duties, how your family foundation facilitates enjoyable meetings, and which activities are most meaningful for building knowledge of the… Read More

Avoiding Avoidance: Addressing and Managing Conflict

Posted on November 13, 2014 by Bobbi Hapgood, Lisa Parker, Elaine Gast Fawcett

Conflict is neither inherently good nor bad. Conflict will always occur in an organization that's growing, evolving, and changing. On this webinar, we’ll explore typical situations where families might find themselves falling into the avoidance trap, along with useful strategies for ‘avoiding avoidance’ and other related tips and tools for managing family conflict… Read More