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June Wilson

Executive Director, Compton Foundation | NCFP Fellow (2018–2021)

June Wilson, celebrated philanthropic leader in racial justice advocacy and alternative approaches to legacy and perpetuity, is the executive director of The Compton Foundation. She is responsible for guiding the 75-year-old philanthropy’s trajectory as it moves toward closing its doors in the next five years. Compton’s Board of Directors has resolved to give all the foundation’s money away to a finite number of activist organizations working to strengthen climate resilience, democracy, reproductive justice, and more. Under Wilson’s leadership, the foundation will also design a reparations strategy for the final years of its work.

Wilson brings extensive hands-on expertise to this mission, having guided the sunset process of the Quixote Foundation in Seattle, Washington, as Executive Director and Trustee. During her ten years with Quixote, she led grantmaking in four interest areas — reproductive rights, environmental equity, election integrity, and media reform — and implemented the foundation’s organizational strategy, operations, and racial equity framework. In 2017, when Quixote chose limited life as an effective tool to leverage change in philanthropy, she designed and implemented its “Spend Up” approach, an affirmation focusing on fulfillment of purpose rather than diminishment of assets.

Wilson is also involved in the philanthropic, arts, and social justice communities through her consulting work supporting family foundations and nonprofits as they implement policies that further racial equity frameworks and practices. Clients include the Stolte Family Foundation, Specialty Family Foundation, Rockefeller Family Fund, National Center for Family Foundations, Open Impact, and National Sawdust. She also supports strategy and program development and provides executive coaching for organizations and projects such as the Gow Family Foundation, the A&A Collaboration, The We’s Match, and Impact Hub Seattle.

Informing Wilson’s deep knowledge of the interplay between funders and community is her tenure as Chief Operations Officer for the National Performance Network and her leadership of the Minnesota Dance Alliance. She is currently a fellow with the National Center for Family Philanthropy and has served on boards such as Sightline Institute, Summer Stages, and DanceUSA. She’s long been active with philanthropic associations including Grantmakers in the Arts, Funders for Reproductive Equity, Environmental Grantmakers Association, and Media Democracy fund.



Racial Justice in Family Philanthropy: A Conversation Between Nick Tedesco and June Wilson

Posted on January 19, 2022 by Nicholas A. Tedesco, June Wilson

Prior to Nick Tedesco’s official start as president and CEO of the National Center for Family (NCFP), he attended NCFP’s conference where Edgar Villanueva discussed white supremacy and racism in philanthropy. In a candid conversation with Compton Foundation Executive Director June Wilson, Nick reflects on his reaction to Edgar’s session at the Forum and how that was a catalyst on… Read More

Racial Justice in Family Philanthropy Symposium

Posted on September 19, 2021 by Vincent Robinson, Doua Thor, Dwayne S. Marsh, Irene Wong, Sandy Herz, John Matthew Sobrato, Nora Leccese, Annie Mahon, Hanna Mahon, Sam Vinal

Registration is now closed. If you have questions, please email ncfp@ncfp.org. NCFP’s Family Philanthropy Racial Justice Symposium is a two-day virtual learning opportunity for family foundation board members, CEOs, senior staff, and next generation family members seeking to deepen their knowledge around racial equity frameworks and practices. Leverage Philanthropic Partners, ABFE, Resource Generation, other experts in this space will lead… Read More
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Video Highlights from the 2020 Trustee Education Institute

Posted on September 2, 2021 by Nicholas A. Tedesco, Kimberly Myers Hewlett, Liesel Pritzker Simmons, Valerie Rockefeller, June Wilson

past TEI attendees
The Trustee Education Institute is one of NCFP’s signature events, offering family foundation board members and CEOs a comprehensive overview of family philanthropy trends and topics. Last year’s virtual Institute featured conversations on values, racial equity, board chair leadership, next-gen engagement, and much more. Here are short video highlights from a few of those sessions in 2020. Please visit the… Read More

Narratives that Shape Family Origin Stories and their Connection to Ownership

Posted on June 17, 2021 by Sarah Cavanaugh, June Wilson

Family philanthropy is rooted in family origin stories. While these narratives are multi-faceted, the field needs to further acknowledge and address how whiteness is embedded in stories about wealth creation and ownership. In this dialogue, Sarah Cavanaugh of the Russell Family Foundation will share how her efforts to tackle her own whiteness are beginning to shape the family conversation at… Read More
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Beyond A Donation: Reflecting On Philanthropy And Reparations (Part 4)

Posted on April 26, 2021 by LeAnne Moss, Candace Tkachuck, June Wilson

Photo via Shutterstock This article was originally published by Giving Compass and is re-posted here with permission. This is part two in a four-part series. Read part one, part two, and part three. “Anti-oppression can’t happen without the presence of spirit. Dehumanization, soul loss, and alienation are not states of mind, so it is not a change of mind that is needed. They are… Read More
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Leaning Into Fundamental And Unexpected Shifts In Our Relational Reparations Sisterhood [Part 3]

Posted on March 24, 2021 by LeAnne Moss, Candace Tkachuck, June Wilson

Photo via Freepik This article was originally published by Giving Compass and is re-posted here with permission. This is part two in a four-part series. Read part one here and part two here. “The most important journey you will ever take is from your head to your heart.”  —Anonymous When our group of 13 women came together in 2019 to imagine a future where affluent individuals… Read More

Non-family Staff Peer Network: Racial Equity Discussions with Board and Staff

Posted on March 11, 2021 by Mary Mountcastle, June Wilson, Kelly Nowlin

Join the NCFP Fellows for an interactive conversation about addressing racial equity internally. Discuss how to approach tough conversations and how to bridge the gap that oftentimes exists between board and staff on equity issues. We will open with a brief dialogue from the Fellows and move into a group discussion. Bring your topics, favorite resources, and questions for peer staff… 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

Calling Family Foundation Board Members to Join a Journey on Racial Justice

Posted on March 2, 2021 by June Wilson, Kelly Nowlin, Mary Mountcastle, Virginia M. Esposito

Mary Mountcastle, June Wilson, and Kelly Nowlin speaking at the 2019 National Forum on Family Philanthropy Learn more about the Racial Justice Learning and Action Network. In 2018, the National Center for Family Philanthropy (NCFP) announced its second class of fellows, naming Kelly Nowlin, June Wilson, and Mary Mountcastle as distinguished fellows. Each of us independently chose to focus our… Read More
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Five Touchstones In Our Relational Reparations Journey (Part 2)

Posted on February 17, 2021 by June Wilson, LeAnne Moss, Candace Tkachuck

Photo via Shutterstock This article was originally published by Giving Compass and is re-posted here with permission. This is part two in a four-part series. Read part one here. “If you want to go fast, go alone; if you want to go far, go together.” – African Proverb In our first article, we shared the philosophy and beginnings of our relational reparations group in… Read More