Emily Tow Jackson has been involved in philanthropy since joining the board of trustees of her family foundation, The Tow Foundation, in 1988.  She has been the Foundation’s executive director since 1994 and regularly speaks about the Foundation’s work, its commitment to advocacy as a key to achieving social change, and the value and practice of family philanthropy. Emily served on the board of directors of the Philanthropy New York from 1997-2004, and was chair from 2002-2004.  She is the recipient of the 2002 Filer Award for creative leadership in philanthropy from the Connecticut Council for Philanthropy, where she currently serves on the board of directors and chairs the program committee. The Tow Foundation received the 2008 Critical Impact Award from the Council on Foundations for its Juvenile Justice Initiative.


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Can a Small Organization Have a Big Impact?

Posted on April 15, 2013 by Emily Tow Jackson

I get asked this question often.  How can a small foundation with few staff really catalyze large scale social change?  In fact, how can a foundation of any size play this role?  At The Tow Foundation, we have attempted to play a significant role in juvenile justice reform, an issue that seems like an intractable problem and not easily tackled… Read More

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