Families funding change: How social justice giving honors our roots and strengthens communities
Board members, staff, advisors, and donors in family philanthropy.
This webinar, presented in partnership with the National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy, will explore strategies family foundations can take to engage more deeply in grantmaking that builds toward long-term social change. The webinar will draw from case studies highlighted in NCRP’s new Families Funding Change report, as well as the real life experiences of family members and trustees who have made the transition toward social justice giving. Participants will leave with a greater understanding of how social justice can be a unifying framework for giving – whatever a family’s ideological diversity.
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Ashley Snowdon Blanchard is a seasoned nonprofit strategy and management consultant. For 15 years she has helped dozens of clients with strategic planning, organizational and board development, as the Associate Director of Philanthropy at TCC Group, and more recently as the principal at Blanchard Consulting. In her planning work, Ashley helps clients determine their mission, values and programmatic goals, and establish the governance and operations to achieve them. Ashley is passionate about helping foundations improve their practice and more effectively support the grantee partners they rely on to achieve their missions. She has particular expertise working with family foundations to help them balance their social impact and family engagement goals, and has written extensively and presented on this topic. She was the founding co-chair of the Council on Foundation’s Next Generation Task Force, and is also a trainer in the 21/64 Network (in the inaugural class). Ashley brings to her consulting practice her own experience as a fourth-generation family foundation trustee. She is current vice chair, and former board chair, of the Hill-Snowdon Foundation, a Washington-DC based family foundation which strives to create a fair and just society by supporting community organizing among low-income families and communities. She recently finished her final term on the board of the Ms. Foundation for Women. Ashley is a graduate of Stanford University and the Goldman School of Public Policy at the University of California, Berkeley, where she completed her Master’s Degree in Public Policy. She lives in New York City with her husband and two children.
Ryan Schlegel is research and policy associate for the National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy. He joined NCRP in 2014 as development assistant to support the organization’s relationships with foundations and donors. Previously, he worked in development at Cultural Tourism DC, an organization devoted to celebrating the heritage and culture of the District of Columbia, and at his alma mater, the University of Maryland, in its student affairs division. Ryan holds a bachelor’s degree in government and politics from the University of Maryland, where he graduated with honors.
Kelly Nowlin, a fifth generation member of the Andrus family, was elected as a Surdna Foundation trustee in 2010. She chairs the committees of the Andrus Family Program (AFP) and Centennial Working Group. As chair of the AFP, Kelly is responsible for outreach to, and engagement of the more than 400 living descendants of Surdna founding patriarch, John E. Andrus. Her responsibilities as chair also include identifying opportunities to collaborate with like-minded family foundations. Kelly is guiding the development of activities marking Surdna’s 100th anniversary. Prior to her board service at Surdna, Kelly was a founding board member of the Andrus Family Fund (AFF), an independent grantmaker launched by Surdna in 2000 as a grantmaking fund for fifth generation family members. She helped develop the fund, including program areas, governance and bylaws, mission and strategic vision, and committees of the board. Kelly served as Vice Chair, then Co-Chair for four years of her seven year term.
What participants said:
Both foundation representatives were thoughtful and frank - greatly appreciated!
We often feel as if we're on our own (relatively small, new family foundation) so it's just helpful to learn from others with more experience.
The webinar content was relevant and useful. Excellent, informed presenters.