Portrait of Dinaz Mansuri

Dinaz Mansuri

Executive Director, The Mayer and Morris Kaplan Family Foundation

Dinaz Mansuri is the Executive Director of the Mayer and Morris Kaplan Family Foundation, a multi-generational private Foundation that makes grants in excess of $2 million annually. In this role, Dinaz oversees a robust grantmaking program focused on improving college access and completion rates for low-income, first-generation students, and addressing climate change through education and clean energy policy. She manages a board of Trustees and multiple committees which include over 25 members of the Kaplan family.

Dinaz joined the Kaplan Family Foundation in 2005 as a program officer before being appointed to lead the Foundation in 2010. Prior to her work at the Foundation, Dinaz was a Program Director at Casa Central where she developed and managed programs for low-income seniors. Dinaz currently serves on the board of Forefront, an Illinois’ membership association for nonprofits, grantmakers, and advisors. She is also a co-chair of the CCAPS committee at Forefront, a learning network of foundations and nonprofits focused on post-secondary outcomes for low-income, first generation students. In addition, Dinaz is a board member and the Immediate-Past President of the Board of Midwest Access Project, a Chicago-based nonprofit working to increase access to comprehensive reproductive care. She also serves on the advisory council for Working on Womanhood, a program aimed at strengthening the social/emotional competencies of young women of color.

Dinaz has a B.A. in Psychology from Loyola University Chicago, an A.M. in Social Service Administration from the University of Chicago, and a Certificate in Nonprofit Management from the University of Illinois at Chicago. She lives in Logan Square with her husband and twins.


Navigating Leadership Transitions in Family Philanthropy

Posted on June 12, 2014 by Virginia M. Esposito, Betsy Brill, Dean Phillips, Dinaz Mansuri, Patrick Troska

Every family philanthropy experiences the joy, the sadness, the complexity, and the energy of transitions. Moving toward new leadership in the family can be difficult, emotional, and sometimes frustrating. However, when it is done deliberately and thoughtfully, these times of transition can also be positive for all involved. … Read More

A Legacy Lives On: The Kaplan Family Foundation’s Successful Leadership Transition

Posted on December 18, 2013 by Dinaz Mansuri, Mollie Bunis

[Photo: Members of the next generation of the Kaplan family gather to discuss strategy.] Ask any family member and they are usually able to identify the current family leader. This is the person around whom everyone gathers; the person who takes responsibility for family networking, intervenes in family disputes, reminds others of the family’s history and generally serves as the… Read More
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The Kaplan Family Foundation’s successful leadership transition

Posted on December 15, 2013 by Mollie Bunis, Dinaz Mansuri

Editor’s note: As the National Center for Family Philanthropy continues its ongoing focus on the topic of transitions, this month in Family Giving News we feature an excerpt from “A Legacy Lives On: The Kaplan Family Foundation’s Successful Leadership Transition,” the new Passages Issue Brief on the Mayer and Morris Kaplan Family Foundation’s experience with transition—the factors that contributed to… Read More