Carrie Avery

President, The Durfee Foundation

Carrie Avery is President of the Durfee Foundation in Los Angeles, California, which focuses on leadership by providing fellowships, grants to new organizations and sabbaticals to long-time nonprofit leaders.

Prior to working for the Durfee Foundation, Carrie practiced law, first with the National Women’s Law Center in Washington, D.C., and later with a private firm in San Francisco.

Carrie received her B.A. from Stanford University, her J.D. from the University of California at Berkeley, and was a Georgetown University Women’s Law and Public Policy Fellow. She serves on the boards and executive committees of Grantmakers for Effective Organizations, where she is governance chair, and the Berkeley Repertory Theater, where she is vice chair. She has also served as board chair of the National Center for Family Philanthropy, and Northern California Grantmakers, where she founded and for several years chaired the Family Philanthropy Exchange, co-chair of St. Paul’s Episcopal School in Oakland, California, and co-chair of the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights of the San Francisco Bay Area.

Contributions

Trust-Based Philanthropy Learning and Action Lab Application

Posted on September 28, 2021 by Shaady Salehi, Dimple Abichandani, Carrie Avery

Peer Learning for Family Philanthropy Leaders The National Center for Family Philanthropy, The Philanthropy Workshop, and the Trust-Based Philanthropy Project are pleased to announce a six-part Learning and Action Lab for family foundations and individual donors interested in leveraging their philanthropy toward a more just and equitable nonprofit sector. At its core, trust-based philanthropy is about addressing power imbalances and… Read More
Voices from the Field

Showing Up and Sharing Power: How One Foundation Board Deepened Relationships with its Nonprofit Partners Through Trust-Based Conversations

Posted on September 27, 2021 by Carrie Avery, Aurea Montes-Rodriguez

This article was originally published by Trust-Based Philanthropy Project and is re-posted here with permission. Leadership at the Durfee Foundation wanted to break down the traditional barriers between foundation trustees and nonprofit partners. Why do you do what you do? What led you to create a community-based startup organization? Has there been a huge surprise along the way so far—good,… Read More

2021 Trustee Education Institute

Posted on March 9, 2021 by Isabel Nogueira, Alyson Wise, Jumi Falusi, Milton Speid, Emily Kaiser, Adrian Ruiz, Lisa Jackson, Priscilla Enriquez, Dorothy Gardner, Regan Pritzker

NCFP’s Trustee Education Institute provides a comprehensive overview of the important legal, investment, ethical, grantmaking, and family dynamics issues facing family foundation board members and CEOs. Featuring the perspectives of innovative donors and 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… Read More
Family Philanthropy Speaks

Family Philanthropy Speaks: A Conversation with Carrie Avery

Posted on January 11, 2021 by Carrie Avery, Nicholas A. Tedesco

Carrie Avery, chair of the Durfee Foundation board and former chair of the NCFP board, never imagined she would be leading her family’s philanthropy. As a member of the Steering Committee at the Trust-Based Philanthropy Project, she also couldn’t have imagined how important the group’s work would become during the recent pandemic and movement for racial justice. In this Family… Read More
Voices from the Field

The Secret to Making Decisions in Times of Crisis

Posted on December 29, 2020 by Carrie Avery

Courtesy of Anton on Unsplash This article was originally published by the Trust-Based Philanthropy Project and is re-posted here with permission. The global pandemic has placed enormous burdens on our communities. As funders, it our responsibility to be responsive to our nonprofit partners’ needs—and in times of crisis it is imperative that we act quickly. But what does it really… Read More

Planning a Family Retreat

Posted on December 19, 2019 by Shira Saperstein, Wynn Rosser, Angie Schlater, Carrie Avery, Jennie Zioncheck

Getting your family together for a retreat is a great way to spend quality time together, as well as focus on your family’s giving with the foundation. Families use a variety of resources to build community and discuss important topics in their philanthropy. In this webinar, you will hear how foundations have designed their retreats and meeting agendas, activities for… Read More