Marlene Corrado

Program Officer, Communications & NextGen Engagement, William J. and Dorothy K. O’Neill Foundation

Marlene oversees the William J. and Dorothy K. O’Neill Foundation’s communications and grantmaking programs that help family members work with one another across family branches and across geographies. Activities have evolved to include birthday card programs, family directed giving programs, in-person and virtual convenings, multi-gen conversations, and several grant cycles.

Prior to joining the Foundation in 2017, Marlene was the Manager of Development & Marketing and Executive Assistant to the President at the National Center for Family Philanthropy. She spent many years translating grant reports (from Spanish to English) for The Resource Foundation, a nonprofit organization that facilitates charitable giving from corporate, foundation, and individual donors to the Americas and the Caribbean. She has served on the Steering Committee of Emerging Practioners in Philanthropy’s DC Chapter and held various internships with organizations including the Hovde Foundation, American Red Cross for Greater Grand Rapids, and the YMCA of the USA.

Marlene is a graduate of Grand Valley State University where she received her master’s and bachelor’s degree in nonprofit administration. While there she was a graduate research assistant to the Johnson Center for Philanthropy’s Frey Chair for Family Philanthropy.

In her free time, you’ll likely find Marlene practicing yoga, biking, at a farmers market, in the kitchen, or traveling about.


Making Space for Youth Leadership

Posted on December 9, 2021 by Charlotte Cottier, Tracy Wasden, Marlene Corrado, Alexis Marion

There are many different strategies and formats to engage the next generation of youth in family philanthropy. Yet in all cases, younger members of the next generation need opportunities to take leadership roles that help them learn new skills, gain relevant experience in philanthropy, and hone their own practices and interests before taking on leadership as adults. Join us for… Read More

Engaging Youth Peer Network: Supporting Youth Givers Across Ages

Posted on October 14, 2020 by Marlene Corrado, Alexis Marion, Neil Gobioff

How do you support the youth within your family or your foundation as they learn and grow? Join three different foundations as they discuss supporting kids at all different stages. Our speakers, including a youth board member, will share their favorite tools and activities for kids by age. Hear real stories and examples of how these tools and activities have… Read More