William C. Graustein

Lead Trustee, William Caspar Graustein Memorial Fund

William Graustein‘s initial career was in the earth sciences. From 1981 to 1996 he was a research scientist in the Department of Geology and Geophysics at Yale studying the behavior of natural radioactive elements in the environment. In 1996 Mr. Graustein left scientific research to devote his time to work in the nonprofit sector. He led the reorganization of his family’s foundation, the William Caspar Graustein Memorial Fund and serves as its lead trustee. From 2001 to 2011 he chaired the board of Public Allies, a national organization that advances young adults in leadership. In 2002 he created and still leads a workshop series, the “Community Leadership Program” for civic and nonprofit leaders in his home town of New Haven, Connecticut. In 2011 he co-founded, “Co-Creating Effective and Inclusive Organizations to support New Haven community movements and organizations in building internal practices and external interactions that are co-creative, that embody social and economic justice and that increase effectiveness.


Our History (William Caspar Graustein Memorial Fund)

Posted on June 8, 2015 by William C. Graustein

Listen to the history of the Memorial Fund, as told by Bill Graustein: The Story of the Memorial Fund. Listening to the stories of the people, families and communities we work with is an essential part of our work. Supporting and inspiring the children of our communities is what we seek to achieve. The Graustein family immigrated to Boston from… Read More
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Story, Community and Leadership

Posted on June 15, 2009 by William C. Graustein

Editor’s note: We often encourage philanthropic families to share their family stories. It’s a crucial way to pass on the family’s legacy to the next generation. In this essay, National Center for Family Philanthropy Board Member Bill Graustein shares how he uses storytelling to help nonprofit leaders shape the future of their community. For 20 years, my career was in… Read More