June Wilson

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

June Wilson, executive director emerita and board member of the Quixote Foundation, combines her talent as a dancer and choreographer with the operational expertise of a COO and strategic acumen of a CEO. She understands people’s physical and emotional interactions within a literal, conceptual or practical space and can quickly translate what she sees into strategic systems. Her unique approach has strengthened nonprofits like the Minnesota Dance Alliance in Minneapolis and the National Performance Network in New Orleans. At Quixote she artfully guided the design and implementation of their “Spend Up” approach to operating within a strategic lifespan and transformed the foundation’s commitment to racial equity. Driven by a concern for the racial wealth gap, June is one of three founders in the social impact enterprise, The We’s Match, dedicated to the scale, wealth and wellbeing of Black women entrepreneurs.

In addition to this work, June leveraged her background in family philanthropy to launch Central Insights LLC, a consulting practice where she engages family foundations and donors in conversations on race, and the equitable deployment of their assets. She coaches and advises philanthropic leaders as they navigate trustee dynamics and the needs and expectations of staff teams. She uses her platform as a Fellow at the National Center for Family Philanthropy to elevate conversations on racial justice and alternative approaches to legacy and perpetuity.


Spending Up: A Discussion on Strategic Lifespan at the Quixote Foundation

Posted on April 13, 2017 by Jeffrey Solomon, Lenore Hanisch, June Wilson

In the 2015 Trends Study, NCFP found that nearly three-quarters of all family foundations are still considering whether they want to limit their philanthropic lifespans. This webinar features a roundtable discussion on questions to ask your organization, values and beliefs that play into the decision, and the benefits and costs of choosing to spend up your foundation, featuring the perspectives… Read More
Voices from the Field

How Can I Be 1% More?

Posted on March 27, 2017 by Philanthropy Northwest, June Wilson

I believe that Quixote Foundation’s reflective practices allowed us to hold multiple truths while engaging in internal and often uncomfortable racial equity training. Our ability to do this work at every level of the organization made a tremendous difference in our final year of grantmaking and grantee engagement… Read More

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