Diana Scearce

Diana Scearce

Principal, Diana Scearce Consulting

Diana Scearce has dedicated her career to helping social changemakers increase effectiveness and impact, in the U.S. and around the world. Diana’s independent consulting practice focuses on developing and evolving strategy, research into nonprofit and philanthropic effectiveness, learning facilitation and collaboration support. Diana spent 6 years leading evaluation and learning within foundations, as Director of Learning and Evaluation at the Skoll Global Threats Fund and as Director of Evaluation and Learning at the David and Lucile Packard Foundation. Before entering the foundation world, Diana worked in social impact consulting, as a director at the Monitor Institute and a practitioner at Global Business Network. She has authored several articles on social change, including Catalyzing Networks for Social Change: A Funder’s Guide (GEO, 2011), Working Wikily (SSIR, 2010), and What If? The Art of Scenario Thinking for Nonprofits (GBN, 2004). Diana received her B.A. from Vassar College, her M.A. in religious studies from University of London’s SOAS, and her Master of Public Administration from the Harvard Kennedy School.


Family Foundation CEO Retreat

Posted on February 12, 2021 by Betsy Erickson, Janine Mason, Michael Smith, Tina Runyan, Mayor Eric Garcetti, Bari Katz, Rob Reich, Shaady Salehi, Carmen Rojas, Diana Scearce

The role of a family foundation CEO is unique, often bridging generations of family members, community leaders, staff, advisors, and partners. Expectations can be challenging to meet and boundaries are sometimes vague and ever-changing. Success in this role requires a cadre of specialized leadership skills, particularly in these divisive and dynamic times. This 3-day virtual retreat, designed for both new… Read More
Voices from the Field

Make This Moment a Tipping Point, Not a Tragedy

Posted on June 9, 2020 by Diana Scearce

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Centuries old racial inequity has been laid bare. 111,000 Americans are dead from COVID-19. 21 million people are out of work. Communities brace themselves for wildfires in the west, hurricanes in the east, and turbulence around the 2020 Presidential election. Turbulence with this level of global reach, systemic impact, and sustained uncertainty is unprecedented. The results could be transformational—or tragic… Read More

Grantmaking Strategies for Family Funders: Supporting Resiliency and Recovery

Posted on April 27, 2020 by Orlando Watkins, Diana Scearce, Karen Keating Ansara

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The National Center for Family Philanthropy is dedicated to serving families who give and those that work with them. In response to the COVID-19 crisis, we are offering conversations on topics of interest to all philanthropic families associated with family foundations, donor-advised funds, family offices, and other philanthropic vehicles. For questions about this series, please contact Jen Crino at jen.crino@ncfp.org… Read More

Resilience at Work: How Nonprofits Adapt to Disruption. How Funders Can Help.

Posted on April 17, 2020 by Diana Scearce, S. D. Bechtel, Jr. Foundation

Today and in the future, there is one thing social change leaders can be sure of: they will experience disruption, uncertainty, and significant change. Whether recovering from a hurricane, navigating global health concerns, responding to shifts in public policy, or regrouping after the departure of a top leader, nonprofits that get intentional about cultivating organizational resilience are better at anticipating and adapting to disruption. … Read More

Family Philanthropy’s Response to COVID-19

Posted on March 20, 2020 by Antony Bugg-Levine, Diana Scearce, Marcus F. Walton, Patricia McIlreavy, Nicholas A. Tedesco

COVID-19 poses an existential threat to the lives of millions and communities across the globe. There are many unknowns at this point; yet as the world waits, giving families are searching for ways to help and provide support. Grantee communities who were at risk before COVID-19 will now be faced with additional social and economic consequences, and service providers will… Read More