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J.M. Johnson

Senior Philanthropic Advisor, San Francisco Foundation

J. M. Johnson is a philanthropic practitioner whose professional journey has included work on issues of environment, race, economics, public health, democracy, and LGBTQ—approaching each with a commitment to advancing equity and justice. At San Francisco Foundation, J. M. coaches individual donors on applying an equity lens to their giving, supporting them in becoming more thoughtful and strategic philanthropists.

J. M. is a leader with a global perspective and 15 years of experience across nonprofit, consulting, philanthropic, and corporate settings. J. M. has guided vision and strategy through the launch and scaling of scores of new organizations, supporting philanthropic and CSR executives in building organizations and initiatives domestically and abroad. While a consultant at Arabella Advisors, J. M. led client engagements from the business development and scoping phase, through implementation, evaluation, and expansion.


Community Foundations Topical Call: Managing Fee-For-Service Philanthropy Advising and Consulting Work

Posted on September 6, 2023 by Ana Akhtar, J.M. Johnson, Colleen McCarthy Blair, Tony Macklin

The wealth management industry has steadily increased fee-based advisory services, complementing or entirely replacing income earned from assets under management. Two drivers of this shift are the competition from lost-cost investing options shrinking firms’ profit margins, and the interest of rising generations and mass-affluent clients in fee transparency. Community foundations have also been experimenting with fee-based advisory and grantmaking services,… Read More

Community Foundations Network Topical Call: Connect with Peers Based on Experience Level

Posted on May 26, 2022 by J.M. Johnson, Beth Harper Briglia, Katie Scott

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We are creating time for peer learning based on your personal experience with philanthropic advising for multi-generational families. We will be picking topics from the community foundation workshop in June, so that you can dive deeper with peers.  There is no need to have attended the workshop or to be an expert on the topic. Getting Started: haven’t done formal… Read More

2022 Community Foundations Family Philanthropy Network Workshop

Posted on April 5, 2022 by John Oddy, Hali Lee, Nicole Kyauk, J.M. Johnson, Ali Sirkus Brody, Jennifer Touchet, Jennifer Olson Curry, Joanne Cohen, Michael Moody, Robyn Schein

This workshop, exclusively available for members of NCFP’s Community Foundations Family Philanthropy Network, is an excellent opportunity to learn from your peers and build professional skills! Network members may register up to five staff member attendees at no cost. Please note: This is a standalone workshop, not connected with any other NCFP events. View the agenda… Read More

Community Foundations Network Topical Call: Racial and Social Justice Resource Sharing

Posted on March 5, 2021 by J.M. Johnson, Mary Kay Mark, Beth Harper Briglia

How are you supporting the racial and social justice learning journey for your staff, donors, or community? Join three of your fellow community foundation leaders to hear how they are having equity discussions both internally and with donors. Come prepared to learn about new resources and bring your own to share. We encourage you to join via computer so we… Read More