Meg Baesmith

Board President, Laughing Gull Foundation

As a co-founder of the Laughing Gull Foundation, Meg was honored to take the lead on launching the organization in 2013. In setting up LGF’s first grantmaking programs, operations, and strategies, Meg drew on fifteen years of leadership experience with innovative organizations including the Merck Family FundResource GenerationBolder GivingThe Food ProjectThe Farm School and Waltham Fields Community Farm. She was supported and inspired by LGF’s other board and staff members, peers in the funding world, movement leaders, and a set of amazing consultants, to whom she will be forever grateful. As LGF grows into its next chapter, Meg is thrilled to support Hez Norton as LGF’s Executive Director, and to focus on her role as Board President. In that capacity, her current work with LGF focuses on carrying out the foundation’s strategic plan, overseeing the foundation’s asset management, and organizing within the philanthropic sector.  Meg holds an M.Div. from Harvard Divinity School and a B.A. from Oberlin College. She loves to experiment with gluten free baking, and to cheer on her favorite women’s sports teams of the moment (currently the LA Sparks and the NC Courage). Meg always needs a musical outlet – sometimes it’s dj’ing, right now it’s singing in a choir.


Your Impact Strategy Doesn’t Stop at Your Grantmaking

Posted on December 15, 2022 by Dr. LaTonya Penny, Meg Baesmith, Tony Macklin

Your Impact Strategy Doesn’t Stop at Your Grantmaking
While grantmaking is often the main tool funders think about in terms of impact, there are many other innovative ways to use your time, relationships, and resources to support your nonprofit partners and the communities you serve. Funders can leverage their established platform to spread the word about needed support and convene important partners, or can provide additional capacity to… Read More

Taking on the Big Issues: How Your Foundation Can Find Focus and Create Impact

Posted on November 22, 2019 by Keiki Kehoe, Ann Krumboltz, Meg Baesmith, Maggi Alexander

As a funder looking to effect change within a large-scale social, environmental, or economic problem, how do you decide as a family what you can do to make a difference? How do you find your role and define impact as you take on problems of an incredible scope? Join these families who have tackled major issues by finding specific focus… Read More