Cara Binder-Kopchick

Principal, CBK Philanthropy

Cara Binder-Kopchick is a philanthropy advisor with a passion for facilitating meaningful conversations, nurturing trusting relationships between donors and grantee partners, and building smart operations. She approaches her work with determination balanced by patience to make sure that each decision is in the best interest of both the donor she is partnering with and the community they are looking to serve. In her daily work she strives to embody the values she holds most dear: justice, creativity, respect, and simplicity.

Some of her recent client work includes managing a portfolio of grantee partners for an anonymous donor focused on economic mobility and belonging for Black mothers and their families, facilitating complex board transition planning for a family foundation, contributing to the review and selection of partners for Ms. Foundation’s Activist Care and Collaboration Fund and Birth Justice Initiative, and supporting AARP Foundation and’s learning network focused on economic mobility for low-income older workers.

Prior to starting her own consulting practice, Cara spent 15 years focused on many different angles of philanthropy, working on both international and local grantmaking teams at the David and Lucile Packard Foundation; facilitating workforce development grants through the City and County of San Francisco; leading the Midwest regional advisory team at Arabella Advisors; and serving as the founding Director of Samvid Ventures, an operating foundation based in New York City.

Cara has an MPA from the University of San Francisco, where she graduated with high honors, and a BA in journalism, specializing in social justice, from Michigan State University. She lives in Michigan with her husband and two young children. She loves experimenting in the kitchen, traveling to new places, playing with her border collie, and creating fun activities for her kids.



How to Successfully Engage in Your Family’s Philanthropy as an Adult

Posted on April 25, 2024 by Cara Binder-Kopchick

In our recent publication, A Guide to Meaningfully Engaging Next-Generation Adults in Your Philanthropy, we explore ways for those who are currently managing a family’s philanthropy to thoughtfully welcome next-generation adults. While so many of the formal transition responsibilities lie with the philanthropy’s current leaders, the incoming adult leaders also have several opportunities position themselves for success and to actively… Read More

Meaningfully Engaging Next-Generation Adults in Your Family Philanthropy

Posted on March 21, 2024 by Jenna Mulhall-Brereton, Cara Binder-Kopchick, Theo Avery, Nicholas A. Tedesco, Kelly D. Nowlin

The guide During this session Cara Binder-Kopchick, along with Theo Avery, Jenna Mulhall-Brereton, and Kelly Nowlin discussed guide’s critical points and shared their own experiences with navigating next-generation transitions. The guide has now been published and is available to read here. 🔑 Key Moments from the Webinar 2:00 Context from NCFP on how our network is grappling with multigenerational engagement… Read More