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Upcoming Webinars

ABFE’s Black Social Funders Change Network Presents “This Is How We Do It: Funding Black Social Change with Intent & For Impact”

Tuesday, December 18, 2018 2:00 PM – 3:30 PM EST


Past Webinars / Archive

Special Edition: ABFE Pre-Conference Webinar
Funding Black Prosperity: How Foundations can Support Black Businesses and Strengthen Black Communities

Wednesday, March 28, 2018 1:00 PM – 2:30 PM EST


ABFE’s Black Social Funders Change Network Presents “Saving Our Democracy: Philanthropy’s Role in Protecting and Building Black Political Power”

Friday, December 15, 2017 2:00 PM – 3:30 PM EST



United for All Dreamers: Strategies for Supporting AAPI, Black, and LGBTQ DACA Immigrants

Tuesday, November 28, 2017 1:00 PM – 2:30 PM EST


Beyond Plight: Keys to Optimal Development for Black Men and Boys – A Funders Briefing

Thursday, August 17, 2017 2:00 PM – 3:30 PM EST



The Color of Philanthropy: Southern Leaders, National Potential

Wednesday, June 14, 2017 1:00 PM – 2:30 PM EST



In this movement moment, it’s time for national funders to look South. Our Southern neighbors have a vibrant history of successful movements for racial and social justice, yet grassroots Southern leaders are often overlooked by philanthropy and lack funding to pursue their own agendas.

The South is already home to a strong ecosystem of people-of-color (POC)-led philanthropic institutions that can help drive resources for racial and social justice. National grantmakers can learn from and partner with these institutions. This webinar will explore the crucial role of POC-led philanthropy in the South, with an emphasis on the powerful potential for significant impact not only in the Southern region, but nationally.

Join NCRP, ABFE, Grantmakers for Souther Progress (GSP) and the Southeastern Council of Foundations (SECF) for a conversation with Takema Robinson, director of the Greater New Orleans Funders Network (moderator); Felecia Lucky, executive director of the Black Belt Community Foundation; Flozell Daniels, Jr., president and CEO of the Foundation for Louisiana; Karen Watson, executive director of the Positive Action Committee; and Fernando Cuevas, executive director of the Southern Partners Fund.

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Gender Norms & Black Youth: Reconnecting Race, Class AND Gender

Tuesday, November 29, 2016 2:00 PM – 3:30 PM EST


Note: You must register to view the webinar video.

Rigid gender norms have immense raced and classed impacts on youth of color. In fact, gender affects almost every problem funders address. Yet, while some funders are solidly grounded in racial and economic justice, few do innovative work or challenge their grantees to do so when it comes to gender. Studies clearly show that young Black men and women who internalized rigid ideals for masculinity and femininity have lower life outcomes in areas like health and education. On the flip side, those who don’t conform to gender norms – who are gay or trans –face their own adverse life impacts from rigid gender expectations.

This session will help participants reconnect race, class, and gender. Participants will learn how gender norms have specific impacts on life outcomes among youth of color. Concrete examples will be provided on integrating a gender lens into “intersectional” giving. No prior knowledge necessary, but reports will be shared to provide context.

The recent, critically acclaimed movie, Moonlight, tells a powerful narrative of some Black males becoming men. It has struck a chord with many of those who have seen it. If you can, see the film, before the webinar, as it’s in theaters now –

By the end of the session, participants will be able to:

  1. Know and understand basic gender associated terminology
  2. Understand the basic concepts of gender transformative giving
  3. Know how gender norms impact Black and other youth of color, and how to integrate this into an intersectional approach to gender

Co-hosts – True Child; Frontline Solutions; Funders for LGBTQ Issues


Foundations and Hospitals: New Partnerships to Improve Black Lives

Thursday, October 20, 2016 2:00 PM – 3:30 PM EST


Note: You must register to view the webinar video.

Health reform initiatives, coupled with national discourse on the social and economic conditions of Black communities, offer new opportunities for partnership between hospitals and philanthropy. Forces that continue to negatively influence the health and wellbeing of residents from historically marginalized Black communities will be explored and contemporary manifestations of institutionalized racism–and its impact on population health–will be discussed in this webinar.


Policing Blackness: Black Communities and Criminal Justice

Thursday, August 18, 2016 2:00 PM – 3:30 PM EDT


Contemporary racial disparities are well documented through the disproportionate relationship between Black communities and the criminal justice system. Undeniably, over the last 3 years the issues of Black communities, social justice and policing have been headline news throughout the nation generating polarizing political debates.

Resource Guide
Speaker Bios
Crime Survivors Speak Report
On The Streets of America
Police Use of Force
Stemming the Rising Tide
Turning Back the Tide
ABFE Black Facts – Criminal Justice

Black Power 50: A Funders Conversation

Thursday, June 16, 2016 2:00 PM – 3:30 PM EDT


June 16th marks the 50th anniversary of the term “Black Power” prominently introduced by activist Stokely Carmichael addressing an organized audience in Greenwood, Mississippi after the shooting of civil rights leader James Meredith, who was wounded in a march to register Black people to vote following the passage of the Voting Rights Act of 1965. Black Power became more than a term. Black Power formalized an important intellectual, social and artistic framework that inspired a new generation and movement to address eroding civil rights protection. The framework inspired the later work of Dr. Martin Luther King, introduced the Black Arts Movement, promoted Black Studies programs across colleges and universities and encouraged dynamic grassroots activism national and throughout the globe.

This timely conversation will examine how philanthropy addresses the historic and contemporary relationship towards advancing grassroots leadership and organizations that work towards advancing justice, equity and fulfillment for Black communities that introduce new ideas and strategies for social progress. Ideals associated with Black Power have re-emerged for a new generation within popular culture and discourse, as evident with the recent photograph of the all-female West Point graduates, films and the entertainer Beyonce. Similar towards today’s #BlackLivesMatter movement, philanthropy can constructively respond to new cultural and social narratives that relate towards effective grant making. This session will bring together leading thinkers to address the role foundations can play in advancing racial justice and equity.

Building a Strong Infrastructure for Black Civic Engagement Political Giving

Thursday, May 19, 2016 2:00-3:00 EDT


A discussion on how to incorporate civic engagement and political giving into your philanthropic strategy. In the upcoming year the significance of voting in the Black community will be at the forefront of most news cycles. However, most of our philanthropic efforts do not address many of the root issues – the underinvestment in Black political infrastructure. We will highlight the value of c4 resources and the best vehicles to leverage your c3 dollars to help build Black political infrastructure and strengthen the organizations that are leading this work.

Our guests will include leaders from the civic engagement and political world. The panel will be moderated by Cietta Kiandoli, Director of the Black Civic Engagement Fund at the Democracy Alliance. We look forward to your participation in what promises to be a robust discussion about what we can build together.

2016 CLFP Interest Call / ABFE Webinar

Tuesday, March 22, 2016 2:00-3:00 EDT


The ABFE Connecting Leaders Fellowship is a year-long experience designed to sharpen the skills and strengthen the leadership capacity of foundation staff, donors, and trustees who are committed to assisting Black communities through philanthropy. Fellows have the opportunity to learn from seasoned grantmakers and peers on a regular basis, understand how to be more effective agents for change within their institutions, and participate in a network that focuses on innovative solutions to community challenges. Fellows attend a week-long Leadership Summit and are assigned an executive coach. In addition, each fellow is required to complete a community-based learning project during the fellowship year. This can be volunteer work or a research project on a topic of interest. Please note that fellows will be based at their home institutions and in their communities during the fellowship year.


CLFP Interest Call Slide Deck
ABFE – The Exit Interview

Flint Water Crisis / ABFE Webinar

Thursday, March 17, 2016 2:00-3:00 EDT

Black Social Change Funders Network Webinar

Thursday, December 10, 2015 1:30-3:00 EDT


Making Black Lives Matter DOWNLOAD PDF Slide Presentation VIEW HERE

In the past year, the “Black Lives Matter” Movement has successfully rekindled a public consciousness and action about anti-Black racism in law enforcement and other areas of Black life that we have not seen in 40 years. However, this moment has also revealed that in order for Black communities to matter and thrive, it is necessary to strengthen the institutional and political power of the Black community by revitalizing the infrastructure for Black social change. This is the broader opportunity sparked by this moment and one in which philanthropy can play a major role. The Hill-Snowdon Foundation and ABFE have come together to launch the Black Social Change Funders Network to stimulate and coordinate philanthropic action to revitalize Black social change infrastructure.

Please listen in on the first meeting of the Black Social Change Funders Network where the vision, purpose and proposed functions of the Network were discussed and offer an opportunity for participants to ask questions and engage in the work going forward.

Nathaniel Chioke Williams
Executive Director
Hill-Snowdon Foundation

Susan Batten
President & CEO

Black Out: Understanding LGBTQ Advocacy and Black Communities

Thursday, November 19, 2015 2:00 PM – 3:30 PM EDT


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Black LGBTQ communities have always been at the intersection of racial justice and LGBTQ activism, although their continued invisibility within these movements have marginalized their voices due to homophobia, transphobia, bi-phobia and racism. Although pioneers such as James Baldwin, Lorraine Hansberry, Audre Lorde and Bayard Rustin used activism to advance racial justice and LGBTQ issues, there is still more work to be done.

LGBTQ Black communities experience a unique form of discrimination at home and within faith institutions, schools, workplaces, health facilities and communities. This session, co-sponsored by Funders for LGBTQ Issues and The Third Wave Fund, will examine how leaders and organizations connect racial and LGBTQ identity to secure social justice for LGBTQ people.

Gabriel Foster, Trans Justice Funding Project
Naa Hammond, Funders for LGBTQ Issues
Ernest Hopkins, San Francisco AIDS Foundation
Roz Lee, Arcus Foundation

Alvin Starks, Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture

Evaluation as a Tool Towards Equity

Thursday, September 18, 2015 2:00 PM – 3:30 PM EDT


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Equitable Evaluation Resources DOWNLOAD PDF >>
Equitable Evaluation Capacity Building Questions DOWNLOAD PDF >>
Leaders in Equitable Evaluation and Diversity (LEEAD) Frequently Asked Questions: Annie E. Casey Foundation DOWNLOAD PDF >>

There has been increasing interest among the members and allies, who are more explicitly taking a stance on racial inequity. We believe that philanthropy can play a major role in mitigating racial inequity in our society.

In this webinar, led by Jara Dean-Coffey, with jdcPartnerships, we’ll explore how to push for greater understanding and implications (and limitations) of an equity frame. Diversity and Inclusion remain areas that are more comfortable to adopt, but ABFE sees them as steps on the path to equity–the ultimate goal. What’s needed to deepen and expand understanding about equity, both within philanthropy as well as externally (with partners, communities, etc.)?

This webinar offers a frame for evaluation, aligned with the efforts of many foundations engaged in efforts to promote equity, equitable evaluation (EE). It offers a brief overview of evolution of evaluation and its relationship to philanthropy in order to contextualize the capacities and competencies needed to adopt an equitable evaluation approach.


Raising the Bar – Integrating Cultural Competence and Equity: Equitable Evaluation –

Participants will receive an overview of resources related to equitable evaluation as well as a set of reflection questions to support Equitable Evaluation Capacity Building (EECB) after the webinar.

Jara Dean-Coffey, jdcPartnerships

Funders Briefing: An Update on the Movement for Black Lives

Thursday, September 10, 2015 1:00 PM – 2:30 PM EDT


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What some saw as a fleeting moment, has become a global movement–a revolution. Marches and uprisings have emerged across the world in response to the long-argued fact that Black people have been, disproportionately, victimized in a myriad of ways. Philanthropic & social justice leaders have convened in Napa, Detroit, Cleveland, Ferguson and New York, with a deep commitment to fighting against state-sanctioned violence, explicit injustice and implicit bias. Activists have, successfully, forced a conversation on race to the national political arena. The criminalization of “Laughing while Black”, on a Napa wine train, reminds us that being Black has a cost in a racially inequitable society–and no one is exempt.

Join this call and get the latest updates on how philanthropy is moving forward as part of the movement for racial equity and Black liberation — and what’s needed — as we continue to proclaim that #BlackLivesMatter every day and everywhere.

Consider these articles as important pre-reading for the call – and for your calling:
As We Mourn Charleston’s Victims, Philanthropy Must Act –

A Decade After Katrina, Can Philanthropy Make Black Lives Matter? –

ABFE Makes a Point –

Allen Kwabena Frimpong, BCT Partners
Marjona Jones, Unitarian Universalist Veatch Program at Shelter Rock
Nakisha M. Lewis, Ms. Foundation for Women
Tynesha McHarris, Brooklyn Community Foundation
Nathaniel Chioke Williams, Hill-Snowdon Foundation

Edward Jones, ABFE- A Philanthropic Partnership for Black Communities

Gathering Strength: How the Movement for Black Lives is Growing

Wednesday, June 24, 2015 from 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM EDT


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The movement to celebrate, organize, support, and defend Black communities from police and state violence and assert the right to survive and thrive has grown into a national and worldwide movement for systemic transformation and deep healing. A new chapter is being written in the long journey towards racial justice and Black liberation.

Convenings, like Black Lives Matter Chapter Convening In Detroit (June) and the Movement for Black Lives Convening in Cleveland (July) are creating spaces for Black activists to realize that promise fully–on their own terms. On this call, you will hear from convening organizers and fellow grantmakers about opportunities to support this important groundswell of momentum to build for the long term.

Co-sponsors: Asian American and Pacific Islanders in Philanthropy, ABFE: A Philanthropic Partnership for Black Communities, Emerging Practitioners In Philanthropy, Funders Collaborative on Youth Organizing, Funders for LGBTQ Issues, The George Gund Foundation, Native Americans in Philanthropy, Neighborhood Funders Group, New York Women’s Foundation, North Star Fund, Philanthropic Initiative for Racial Equity, Proteus Fund, Solidaire Network, and Women Donors Network

Black Vote Matters: Exploring the Shifting Landscape of Voting, Democracy & Civic Participation

Thursday, June 18, 2015 from 2:00 PM to 3:30 PM EDT



Undeniably, voting and civic participation have been vital elements towards establishing an inclusive and vibrant democracy to ensure all people have a voice in their nation. On August 6th our nation will commemorate the 50th anniversary of the signing of the Voting Rights Act (VRA), one of the crowning achievements of the Civil Rights Movement, yet two years ago a key section of VRA was overturned by the United States Supreme Court, therefore redefining voter protection. Respectfully, VRA is only one part of a larger system to encourage civic participation. Throughout the United States, issues of voter suppression, re-districting, and other issues continue to disproportionately impact and influence the lives of Black voters. Given the importance of civic engagement in a growing multi-racial nation, what does the future of funding and activism towards protecting Black voters look like? What constructive roles can advocates and funders play in addressing these new dynamics? This provocative conversation will explore challenges and opportunities towards expanding and supporting civic participation within Black communities.

Keesha Gaskins, Rockefeller Brothers Fund
Ludovic Blain, Color of Democracy Fund
Austin Thompson, Youth Engagement Fund/ Democracy Alliance

Alvin Louis Starks, Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture

#BlackLivesMatter in Philanthropy: Black Funders As Organizers
Thursday, May 21, 2015 from 2:00 PM to 3:30 PM EDT

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Resource Guide DOWNLOAD PDF >>

A discussion on our urgent responsibility to challenge our sector & strategies for how to start with your own institution and networks. This conversation reminds Black professionals in philanthropy that we have a right to show up as our “whole selves” as black people and as organizers. In order to support and strengthen social movements, it is critical for philanthropy to shift into a community that genuinely values all Black lives. As we learn from our sisters and brothers using their bodies on protest lines to challenge the state, we must move with urgency to change our own instructions, our foundation networks and colleagues to move towards becoming more responsive to the needs of Black leadership and Black communities. We hope to use this conversation to share opportunities for collective action, examples and strategies to begin your own organizing and inspire each other to be willing to take risks.

Some background on how this group came to be and what it hopes to achieve: The police killings of Michael Brown and Eric Garner and the decision by respective Grand Juries not to bring forth criminal charges unleashed the anger and energy of Black communities across the United States. Black philanthropists were not immune to this moment and today, collectively and individually, we struggle to better understand our roles.

#BlackLivesMatter is opening spaces for Black practitioners, allies, and partners in philanthropy to further expand their involvement in this current movement for Black lives.

Tynesha McHarris, Brooklyn Community Foundation
Nakisha Lewis, Ms. Foundation for Women
Allen Kwabena Frimpong, BCT Partners

Edward Jones, Vice President of Programs, ABFE

Connecting Leaders Fellowship Program Interest Call
Thursday, May 7, 2015 from 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM EDT


During this call, participants were able to chat with ABFE staff members about our signature Connecting Leaders Fellowship Program and the application process.

Lynne Algrant, Professional Development Coordinator, ABFE
Edward Jones, Vice President of Programs, ABFE

Embracing Equity: One Funder's Journey
Thursday, April 16, 2015 from 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM EDT


Nonet Sykes, Senior Associate with the Annie E. Casey Foundation, will lead a webinar highlighting the organization’s internal and external Race Equity and Inclusion efforts, the Equitable Opportunities Framework and promising strategies for increasing equity and equitable opportunities both within a foundation and in the field.

By the end of this session, participants will:
1. Have a shared understanding of the Annie E. Casey Foundation’s internal and external Race Equity and Inclusion efforts and the Equitable Opportunities Framework
2. Gain knowledge on how they might employ Casey’s Equitable Opportunities Framework and strategies in their work
3. Understand the implications of implementing Race Equity and Inclusion efforts within a foundation.

Nonet Sykes, The Annie E. Casey Foundation

Edward Jones, Vice President of Programs, ABFE

Re-imagining Blackness: An Inspiring Lens on Films and Activism
Thursday, March 19, 2015 from 2:00 PM to 3:30 PM EDT


Nearly 100 years ago, the film “Birth of Nation” was created to perpetuate inaccurate Black narratives and shape public opinion towards recently freed Blacks that were migrating throughout the United States into newly formed urban enclaves. Today, contemporary films like “SELMA” and documentaries like the recently released “Through a Lens Darkly” provide a powerful and lasting medium towards advancing ideas and values about race, inequality, history and social issues. The recent Oscar nominations struck a resounding discord with many. The Academy’s failure to nominate any Black actors or filmmakers suggests that Black Lives don’t seem to matter much in Hollywood. Undeniably, supporting films and documentary making provides funders a significant opportunity to reach and educate audiences while promoting diversity in the film making industry. Films create a lasting imprint upon the consciousness of its viewers and inspire conversations about challenging public interests issues. When done well, they tell the true stories about Black people. Join us for an engaging conversation with funders and film makers as they discuss the important role of films that inspire social change and new ideas.

Vee Bravo, Education Tribeca Film Institute
Sonya Childress, Firelight Media
Sharon La Cruise, Ford Foundation
Loira Limbal, Firelight Media
Dolly Turner, The Blackhouse Foundation

Alvin Louis Starks, Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture

Dear Philanthropy: A Necessary Conversation on Millennial Diversity within the Sector
Thursday, January 15, 2015 from 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM EDT


Millennials are the most ethnically diverse generation of all time. Pew Research Center reports 43% of millennials are non-white. However, mainstream reporting and illustration on millennial philanthropy neglects to reflect the ethnic diversity that exist among the generation. Research exists that proves millennials from communities of color do in fact give. So why aren’t we hearing about them more? Join us, along with Friends of Ebonie LLC., the leading voice in black millennial philanthropic engagement, to discuss the issue of millennial diversity in philanthropy and what the sector can begin to do to change the narrative.

Ebone Johnson Cooper, Friends of Ebonie, LLC.
Angela Jones Hackley, Interim President and Vice President, Philanthropic Services, The Community Foundation for National Capital Region
Brickson Diamond, The Executive Leadership Council and The BlackHouse Foundation
Charles Lewis, A.G. Gaston Construction and The Birmingham Change Fund

Case Study: Who Manages The Money? How Foundations Should Help Democratize Capital
Thursday, November 20, 2014 from 2:00 PM to 3:30 PM EDT

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Full Report | Download PDF >>
Press Release | Download PDF >>

There is a growing trend among institutional investors to take a more inclusive approach to managing capital. The recently-released report, “Who Manages the Money? How Foundations Should Help Democratize Capital,” centers on expanding the pool of investment managers to include best-in-class diverse firms. Such a shift advances both equity and fiduciary goals. Research shows that small independent investment firms often outperform larger counterparts in many asset and sub-asset classes.

Foundations lag behind other institutional investors in diversifying their mix of investment managers. Despite the mission of many to address historic inequities, foundations typically focus diversity efforts on grant making, leadership or staffing. However, they are missing a significant opportunity. Using diverse managers would allow foundations to leverage new investment talent to enhance returns, as well as create a positive social impact that holistically aligns their business practices with their philanthropic missions.

This webinar will explore the W.K. Kellogg Foundation’s work with diverse investment managers as an example of how to embed equity and inclusion in an investment portfolio. While still early, the portfolio valued at $111 million, has achieved positive performance since its 2010 inception.

Join the conversation to learn more about the process, key lessons learned and looking ahead as even more foundations may apply principles of equity not only to the grants the issue, but also to their professional services.

From Moment to Movement
Thursday, October 16th, 2014 from 2:00 PM – 3:30 PM EDT


The recent summer events in Ferguson, Missouri illustrate the long journey for racial equity and justice in America and present a complex landscape for advocates, community members, government and foundations to address issues of racial discrimination. Like many moments in history, events can be catalytic to inspire social change or fade into our collective memory. Beyond the images of civil unrest in Ferguson – can we move “from moment to movement?”

This webinar session explored the opportunities and challenges of implementing movement-based grant making strategies that ultimately achieve equity for Black communities. Specifically, what is the role of foundations to support and nurture movement building that engages in policy reform, community organizing, and public awareness?

Roz Lee, Director, Social Justice Initiatives, Arcus Foundation
Niki Jagpal, Research and Policy Director, National Center for Responsive Philanthropy
Nat Williams, Executive Director, Hill-Snowden Foundation
Eric Braxton, Executive Director, Funders Collaborative for Youth Organizing
Charneice Fox Richardson, Creative Director, Straight, No Chaser Productions
Edgar Villanueva, Program Officer, Marguerite Casey Foundation

Alvin Louis Starks, Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture

Digital Black Power, Social Media, and Justice
Thursday, August 21, 2014 from 2:00 PM – 3:30 PM EDT


Undeniably, the new digital age has redefined America and shifted the landscape for social justice advocacy for black communities. More and more individuals receive their information through social media and advocates have devel-oped new strategies to communicate their work through multi-media platforms and online organizing strate-gies. Over the last decade, new civil rights issues have emerged for advocates including: access to broadband sup-port; diversity in the technology sector; education and coding; and federal media policy reform.

This webinar explores the growing role philanthropy and advocates can play to secure media justice and how technology has shaped a new frontier for organizing and advocacy in the black community.


Malkia Cyril
Executive Director
Center for Media Justice

Cedric Brown
Managing Partner
Kapor Center for Social Impact

Rashad Robinson
Executive Director
Color of Change

Dr. Brittney Cooper
Assistant Professor of Women and Gender Studies
Rutgers University

Darnell L. Moore
Educator & Writer

Alvin Louis Starks
Director of Strategic Initiatives
The Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture

The Unfinished Business of Brown v. Board of Education
Thursday, June 19, 2014 from 2:00 PM – 3:30 PM EDT

Undeniably, education remains one of the most critical issues for most foundations and families in America. Social research highlights the importance of education in transforming individuals, communities and making our country stronger and more competitive in a shifting 21st Century global economy. Perhaps no other issue is more important towards advancing racial progress in America than education.

This month marks the 60th anniversary of the United States Supreme Court’s groundbreaking decision of Brown v. Board of Education which found “separate but equal” unconstitutional and racially integrated the American classroom. Yet the civil rights journey for educational access has left many Black communities behind while widening the gap of inequities across all lines of race, class and gender. Although the legacy of Brown worked to secure racial integration within public schools, new contemporary challenges have emerged such as school disciplinary policies, shifting educational options for American students and unstable resources for high quality education.

What are the educational options for Black children and families?
How will the philanthropic community address these dynamics?
What strategies are working and what are we still missing?
How are people as individuals seeking to achieve their vision of equity in education?

Please join ABFE for a multi-media webinar and provocative conversation as we explore the legacy of Brown and the current trends, philanthropic solutions and challenges that must be addressed to support the next generation of education advocacy.

Felicia DeHaney, Director of Education and Learning , W.K. Kellogg Foundation
Jonathan Stith, National Coordinator, The Alliance for Educational Justice

Alvin Louis Starks, Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture

Washington, DC

Senior Associate, Innovation Network

The Organization

We work on a variety of projects that fall primarily in these areas: Advocacy & Social Movements, Health & Health Equity, Social Justice, Theory of Change & Evaluation Planning, Evaluation Capacity Building, and Dataviz.

Position Overview

Innovation Network, a national research and evaluation consulting firm that works to advance the field of evaluation through research, practice, and sharing of learning with the broader evaluation and nonprofit community, seeks nominations and applications for the role of Senior Associate. With an interdisciplinary team of nine staff, Innovation Network is poised to grow and engage a new Senior Associate to partner closely with the leadership team to lead evaluation engagements and support Innovation Network’s strategy to contribute to thought leadership in the field.

The Senior Associate will lead the design and management of client engagements; support the professional growth of the Innovation Network team; and contribute to the organization’s thought leadership to advance evaluation. Ideal candidates will bring demonstrated subject matter expertise in the areas of philanthropic and nonprofit programs, services, and advocacy initiatives, including the issue areas of advocacy and social movements, health/health promotion/health equity, policy change, and democracy; a master’s degree in a social science or related field; deep knowledge of evaluation concepts, frameworks, theories, and designs; and significant experience in a consulting environment. Application instructions can be found at the end of this document.


Innovation Network is a national research and evaluation consulting firm that works to advance the field of evaluation through research, practice, and sharing of learning with the broader evaluation and nonprofit community. As a mission-driven organization, Innovation Network is dedicated to strengthening the field of nonprofit evaluation, providing resources and expertise so that nonprofits have the knowledge and skills to learn from their work and create greater impact. With original roots that focused on evaluation of smaller scale programs, Innovation Network now also partners closely with funders seeking to create social change by evaluating harder-to-measure concepts such as advocacy and social movements, health and health equity, and social justice.

·       Advocacy and Social Movements: As funders and nonprofits are increasingly adopting new strategies such as grassroots engagement, grassroots mobilization, community organizing, systems change, and policy advocacy, Innovation Network has cultivated expertise and strategies to evaluate these types of complex initiatives. Innovation Network has deep experience evaluating federal, state, and local policy change efforts, in addition to systems change and grassroots movements, recognizing the ever-evolving nature of social movements and advocacy. Whether the team is mapping civic infrastructure to understand how civic engagement organizations can be strengthened or working to better understand the landscape of health advocacy, the work is designed to inform strategic decision making.

·       Health and Health Equity: With a deep understanding of the role of policy change to address systemic inequities, Innovation Network recognizes the challenges and benefits of evaluating health initiatives and deploys customized tools and frameworks to help its partners more effectively evaluate the impact of their efforts on policy to support the health of communities. Innovation Network’s approach is grounded in the notion that work at the state and local level will change health outcomes and perceptions nationwide and frequently takes a community or field-level approach to understand patterns and trends across the health landscape.

·       Social Justice: Social justice principles are inherent to many advocacy efforts that attack the root causes of systemic inequities, aiming to break down the institutional barriers that keep groups disadvantaged. Innovation Network engages with its partners to address issues related to economic justice, poverty, and racial justice.

Innovation Network further strengthens the field through training that builds evaluation capacity building through its widely-read publications, including its hallmark report, State of Evaluation.

With an interdisciplinary team of nine staff, Innovation Network is poised to grow and engage a new Senior Associate to partner closely with the leadership team to lead evaluation engagements and support Innovation Network’s strategy to contribute to thought leadership in the field.


 The new Senior Associate will join a highly dedicated and talented team and a committed board to provide insight to the social sector in evaluation theory and cutting-edge evaluation practice. As a senior member of the team, the new Senior Associate can expect to engage the following core challenges and opportunities:

Lead the design and management of client engagements. The Senior Associate will steward client relationships and manage multiple evaluations from early to end stages. S/he will design robust project plans including theories of change, evaluation plans, and data collection methods/tools to evaluate the impact of client initiatives; collect and analyze quantitative and qualitative data through surveys, interviews, and focus groups; draft and finalize deliverables, including writing reports and other products and designing data visualizations (charts, tables, maps, etc.).

Support the professional growth of the Innovation Network team. The Senior Associate will coach, train, and support Innovation Network staff in all facets of evaluation, including evaluation design, data collection, analysis, and reporting. Additionally, s/he will contribute to an internal culture of collaboration, innovation, and learning.

Contribute to Innovation Network’s growing thought leadership to advance evaluation. The Senior Associate will engage in research/writing projects, trainings, facilitation, and public speaking to support evaluation capacity building across the field. Additionally, s/he will lead in designing agendas, webinars, and facilitating meetings and/or learning sessions for Innovation Network’s partners and clients.


The ideal candidate will possess many of the following qualifications and attributes:

  • Demonstrated subject matter expertise in the areas of philanthropic and nonprofit programs, services, and advocacy initiatives, including the issue areas of advocacy and social movements, health/health promotion/health equity, policy change, and democracy.
  • Master’s degree in a social science or related field required; PhD preferred.
  • Minimum of seven years of related research and evaluation experience; Knowledge of/experience with evaluation concepts, frameworks, theories, and designs.
  • Significant experience in a consulting environment (e.g., as an independent consultant, for a consultant firm, or as an internal consultant) and the ability to manage multiple client projects at once.
  • Ability to multitask and thrive in an environment with competing priorities and deadlines.
  • Strong qualitative analysis skills including experience conducting interviews, focus groups, and analyzing qualitative data.
  • Deep knowledge of quantitative methods including survey instrument design, survey deployment, and analysis.
  • Effective communication skills, including speaking, writing, and synthesis; Ability to deliver both concise summaries and in-depth reports.

§  Demonstrated ability to work closely with team members, build relationships, and promote a sense of community.

§  An energetic, collaborative, and flexible style; a natural communicator with highly developed emotional intelligence; a sense of humor and collegiality that makes the work fun.


How To Apply


This search is being conducted with assistance from Allison Kupfer Poteet and Cara Pearsall of the national search firm NPAG. Due to the pace of this search, candidates are strongly encouraged to apply as soon as possible. Applications including a cover letter describing your interest and qualifications and your resume (in Word format) should be sent to: In order to expedite the internal sorting and reviewing process, please type your name (Last, First) as the only contents in the subject line of your e-mail.

Innovation Network is an equal opportunity employer.  We consider applicants for all positions without regard to race, color, religion, creed, gender, national origin, age, disability, marital or veteran status, sexual orientation, or any other legally protected status.

Nonprofit Professionals Advisory Group is an executive search and consulting firm dedicated to serving the mission driven community. We partner with global mission-driven clients to deliver highly-tailored, innovative, and strategic senior- and executive-level search services.


Newmarket, NH or Burlington, VT

Program Manager, New England Grassroots Environment Fund

The Organization

The New England Grassroots Environment Fund (Grassroots Fund) is a 501(c)(3) organization with a mission to energize and nurture long term civic engagement in local initiatives that create and maintain healthy, just, safe and environmentally sustainable communities.

Our program work:

  • fosters innovation by providing direct grant support,
  • convenes changemakers through our RootSkills Training Series and Catalyst Conversations,
  • amplifies voices through Trend Reports and our participatory processes; and
  • reimagines philanthropy through our shared decision-making model.

The Grassroots Fund co-creates healthy and sustainable communities throughout New England by providing individuals and groups – particularly those who have been marginalized – with access to the tools, resources and connections they need to achieve environmental and social justice. Our Guiding Values are fundamental to our mission, functions and programs.

Position Overview

The Grassroots Fund seeks a dynamic and collaborative individual who has an established record of work in marginalized communities and experience in developing programs that provide resources to grassroots initiatives. The Program Manager will oversee two primary areas: 1) the Grow grant program, including facilitating the 2-tiered participatory process of an open call for application readers and grantmaking committee, providing applicant support, managing grant intake, review, and management of grant awards and implementation of program-related ‘catalyst calls’ and 2) collaborating with planning committees to convene several regional Catalyst Conversions and oversee fellows to compile annual Trend Reports that capture and share the stories, strategies and gaps from the grassroots environmental sector. The Program Manager works with a team of two other Program Managers and reports to the Director of Operations.

The Grassroots Fund is seeking an accomplished Program Manager with a minimum of 3 years of experience in environmental and social change advocacy, particularly in low-resourced and marginalized communities.  Experience in grantmaking processes is highly desirable.

We are looking for applicants with a highly collaborative style. Ideally a candidate has experience overseeing interns/fellows and working with teams with multiple, connected programmatic goals. Candidates should demonstrate high energy, maturity, and leadership with the ability to assess and interpret information to make strategic decisions and utilize stories from grassroots work for maximum impact. We are looking for someone who demonstrates excellent verbal and written communications skills.

As the Grassroots Fund is a small non-profit, we seek someone who can work well independently and manage multiple projects and priorities. Candidates should have a high level of comfort working with online organizing tools like Google Drive and GoToWebinar/Zoom.

Candidates should have passion for and commitment to environmental, social and economic justice and believe in the power and impact of grassroots action leading to a just transition. We are looking for a proven ability to work productively and respectfully across diverse communities and populations. A candidate needs to have the ability to travel regularly within New England – and occasionally beyond – and participate in occasional evening and weekend obligations. We are looking for someone with flexibility, a sense of humor and creative solution-seeking skills.

More information Here.

How To Apply

Please submit a single PDF that contains a cover letter, current résumé and the names and contact information of at least three professional references. We will begin review/interviews as applications are received and the position remains posted until filled. Please send your PDF application file to: Please direct any questions to email only.

New York, NY

Executive Director, Women Moving Millions

The Organization

Women Moving Millions is seeking a passionate, highly qualified Executive Director to lead the organization. The Executive Director reports to the WMM Board of Directors. This is a full-time position based in New York City.

Position Overview

Women Moving Millions is seeking a passionate, highly qualified Executive Director to lead the organization. The Executive Director reports to the WMM Board of Directors. This is a full-time position based in New York City.

About Women Moving Millions:

Women Moving Millions (WMM) is a global philanthropic community of people committed to large-scale investment in women and girls. Since 2007, WMM has inspired bold levels of giving, creating a new culture in breakthrough philanthropy. Our mission is to mobilize unprecedented resources for the advancement of women and girls. To date, over 290 donors have pledged over $600M to organizations and initiatives of their choosing that share WMM’s commitment to the advancement of women and girls throughout the world. The organization’s founding principles include:

  • We believe that if women step up and make big, bold investments, we can end gender inequality.
  • We commit to cultivating philanthropic leaders because we know that fully activated leadership has the power to inspire change.
  • We know that, with women’s global wealth at an unprecedented high, the time to act is now.”

WMM’s History: From Campaign to Community

WMM took form in 2005, when Helen LaKelly Hunt and her sister, Ambassador Swanee Hunt, each pledged $1M to “raise the bar on women’s giving.” These matching pledges sparked a major global funding campaign that inspired other donors to join and amplify the voices of women worldwide. In partnership with the Women’s Funding Network (WFN), the initiative led to $182M pledges made by 102 donors.

In 2009, the plan to move WMM from campaign to community was developed. With the support of committed donors and $1.5M seed grant from J.P. Morgan Chase, Women Moving Millions, Inc. was born, with Jacki Zehner as the founding Board President.

Today, WMM is a growing global community of over 290 people in 14 countries, each of whom have given $1M or more to organizations and initiatives focused on the advancement of women and girls. Collectively, members have made bold gift commitments of over $600M and continue to give support well beyond those initial commitments, making WMM the largest community of individuals giving $1M or more to create impact for women and girls. We aim to Connect. Inspire. Learn from each other and the world. We do this through educating ourselves about issues through webinars, holding in-person convenings, and sharing information on private channels of communication. We are also launching a Philanthropic Leadership curriculum in Q1 2019.

Based in New York City, WMM has an annual operating budget of approximately $2M and a small, high performing team of four. WMM is primed for its next chapter and is seeking a visionary Executive Director to map out the future of the organization and deepen the impact of its committed and engaged members and strategic partners.

For more information on Women Moving Millions, please visit

The Opportunity:

The Executive Director must be an experienced leader with a strong commitment to the mission and values of WMM. The Executive Director’s core responsibilities include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Organizational Management and Team Leadership
    • Lead and grow a highly successful team, providing ongoing coaching, guidance, and support to staff members and ensuring high levels of performance
    • Support a culture of collaboration, transparency, trust, and accountability, in which team members understand their role in helping to achieve WMM’s overall mission and are held accountable for their responsibilities
    • Establish an efficient, effective, entrepreneurial organizational structure and spirit, with clearly defined responsibilities and lines of authority and accountability
    • Provide strong operational and financial oversight, including ensuring sound budgets and human resources practices and policies
    • Ensure that overall financial and legal controls and procedures are in place and compliant with all regulatory requirements
  • Strategic Leadership
    • In collaboration with the Board and staff, implement the plans required to bring the vision for WMM’s next chapter to fruition
    • Leverage and motivate all of the power and potential of WMM’s staff and Board to ensure that the organization is fulfilling its mission as a membership organization providing services and connections that advance its members’ individual and collective philanthropic strategies. Significantly grow the membership each year to further the mission of philanthropic giving
    • Cultivate and inspire a culture of innovation and creativity that results in new ideas and initiatives, ultimately leading to systems-change philanthropic investment that improves outcomes for women and girls
    • Build partnerships with organizations to learn and to leverage the work to advance women and girls
  • External Relations and Fundraising
    • Develop and implement effective fundraising strategies for WMM from a diverse range of sources, including corporate, private, and institutional donors; provide regular updates to the Board on the status of fundraising initiatives and strategies
    • Appropriately leverage relationships and resources of the Board and encourage Board members and staff to actively participate in fundraising activities
    • Serve as a compelling, inspirational voice for the organization to a wide range of internal and external audiences, including members, staff, funders, partners, and the media
  • Board Partnership and Communication
    • Partner with the Chair of the Board to plan for Board meetings and updates, providing ongoing reporting on overall organizational performance and initiatives
    • Collaborate with key Board committees on a range of strategic initiatives, including identifying and orienting new Board members, fundraising, and supporting governance activities. The Executive Director also serves as a non-voting Director on the Board of WMM and contributes to Board governance
    • Inform staff of Board policies and decisions and ensure that they are implemented in a timely and consistent manner

Candidate Profile:

The Executive Director must be an experienced, innovative, and collaborative leader with compelling presence and exceptional communications and relationship building skills.

Specific desired skills, knowledge, and characteristics include:

  • Authentic passion for the WMM mission and vision, including a desire to work in close collaboration with WMM’s members and to help create better outcomes for women and girls
  • Experience as a senior leader in a mission-driven and/or nonprofit environment, including demonstrated ability to lead and grow teams, develop and implement strategies that result in measurable impact, and the professional and personal wisdom and judgement acquired through exposure to a wide range of leadership experiences and challenges
  • Demonstrated track record of expanding the scope, impact, and visibility of an organization or significant initiative
  • Experience raising funds from individuals, foundations, corporations, and other organizations or directly transferrable experience
  • Excellent communications skills, including the ability to articulate WMM’s mission and work in a clear and inspirational way to a wide range of audiences as a spokesperson and writer
  • Strong management and coaching skills, with demonstrated ability to achieve high levels of performance and outcomes through management and influence; a reputation for leading with integrity and transparency and making sound management decisions with the input of appropriate stakeholders
  • Strong sensitivity and commitment to gender, cultural, racial, ethnic, and socioeconomic diversity
  • A sense of humor and a desire to work in partnership with a passionate, diverse, and highly engaged global philanthropic community committed to large-scale investment in women and girls


Molly Brennan of Koya Leadership Partners has been exclusively retained for this search. To express your interest in this role, please submit your materials here. All inquiries and discussions will be considered strictly confidential.

Women Moving Millions is an equal opportunity employer and strongly encourages applications from people of color, persons with disabilities, women, and LGBT applicants.

About Koya Leadership Partners:

Koya Leadership Partners is a national retained executive search and human capital consulting firm that works exclusively with mission-driven organizations, institutions of higher education, and social enterprises. We deliver measurable results, finding exceptionally talented people who truly fit the unique culture of our client organizations and ensuring that organizations have the resources and strategies to support them. For more information, visit

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Washington, D.C.

Program Coordinator, National Center for Family Philanthropy

The Organization

About NCFP

NCFP is a national nonprofit located in Washington, DC. Our staff are mission driven, set ambitious goals, and share a culture of trust, respect and honesty. NCFP is open to diverse views and new ideas, and values open communications. Together we meet high standards of excellence in our work.

NCFP is an equal opportunity employer. Qualified applicants are considered for employment without regard to age, race, ethnicity, religion, gender, national origin, sexual orientation, disability, or veteran status.

Position Overview

The National Center for Family Philanthropy is seeking a Program Coordinator to join its dynamic team. This role provides the opportunity to influence the largest and most diverse sector of philanthropic giving and to support philanthropic families and those who work with them. We are a very collaborative team and are excited to provide opportunities for growth in different areas based on the skillsets and interests of candidates. The successful candidate will have experience in providing programs and marketing/communications, blending the ability to envision, develop and manage programs while engaging audiences through social media, our interactive website, and other communications outlets.

The Program Coordinator reports to the Vice President, Programs, and supports and contributes to a robust offering of programs, services, and communications for audiences served by NCFP. Past team members in this role have enjoyed responsibilities including the following. We are a very collaborative team and are excited to provide opportunities for growth in different areas based on the skillsets and interests of candidates.

  • Support the development and execution of programs and strategies that advance the practice of family philanthropy, helping families to be more effective and achieve greater impact.
  • Support NCFP webinar planning and execution: including identifying speakers, creating slide decks and marketing emails, and other related activities.
  • Assist with content and session development for all convenings, including the National Forum on Family Philanthropy, Trustee Education Institute, CEO Retreats, and other trainings and seminars.
  • Scheduling and support for NCFP advisory committees, including the National Forum Advisory Committee, and Trends in Family Philanthropy Advisory Committee.
  • Respond to requests for information (RFIs) from NCFP families and other stakeholders, and deliver customized presentations to individual families and small groups.
  • Create website content, including podcasts, e-books, and slideshows, and edits the monthly e-newsletter.
  • Update programming events to support editing bios, descriptions, and keeping all materials updated.
  • Support the Family Philanthropy Online Knowledge Center, and ensure a robust offering of resources. Works with NCFP staff, sector leaders and partner subscribers to upload and format resources, identify new resources on topics of interest, and create curated lists on FAQs from members.
  • Represent the organization externally and maintain active relationships throughout the field, and build a growing network of sources for NCFP content and successful partnerships.
  • Other duties as assigned.


Bachelor’s degree required; focus on philanthropy, nonprofit management, public policy, or related issue area preferred. Two to three years program management experience required in the philanthropic or nonprofit sector.

Strong communications skills, including writing and editing for print, web and social media. Excellent research and analytical skills. Exceptional attention to detail, along with strong project management skills. Ability to work independently and exercise judgment in organizing work, establishing priorities and meeting demanding project goals.  Strong team orientation and willingness to be flexible and work in cross-functional teams. This position will require both creativity as well as a willingness to provide administrative support if and when needed.

How To Apply

Please send a resume and cover letter to with the subject line: Program Coordinator

Los Angeles, California

President and Chief Executive Officer, Black AIDS Institute

The Organization

Founded in May of 1999, the Black AIDS Institute is the only national HIV/AIDS think tank in the U.S. focused execlusively on Black people. The Institute’s mission is to end the HIV/AIDS pandemic in Black communities by engaging and mobilizing leaders, institutions and individuals in efforts to confront HIV/AIDS on a local, state, regional, and national level. The Institute interprets public and private sector HIV/AIDS policies, condcuts trainings, offers technical assistance, disseminates information, provides free testing for HIV and other STIs, offers linkage to both preventative and clinical care, and provides advocacy and mobilization from a uniquely and unapologetically Black point of view. Our motto describes a commitment to self-preservation: “Our People, Our Problem, Our Solution.”

The Black AIDS Institute has a comprehensive approach to ending HIV in Black communities across America. From in-person Black Treatment Advocates Network (BTAN) tranings and monthly webinars on HIV science, to PrEP collaborations to create greater access for Black women, the Institute is constantly working upstream and downstream to mobilize communities to stand up, fight back and protect ourselves.

Position Overview

As the leading voice of Black people affected by HIV/AIDS, the Black AIDS Institute’s President/CEO must possess civil rights, public health, and movement-and institution-building gravitas. The new leader should understand the historical context of both the HIV/AIDS movement and the Black struggle in America. Understanding the power dynamics of the past should inform how the new leader guides the Black AIDS Institute forward. Understanding the medical/clinical, scientific, public health, policy, funding, community mobilization, and intersectional dynamics of persistent HIV-related disparities is imperative. The new leader should possess the capacity to manage change and lead an institution that must be nimble, impact-oriented, and operating at both the local and national levels.

Reporting to the Board of Directors, the President and CEO is responsible for overall management, fundraising, accountability, and administration of the BAI to ensure the organization achieves its goals, according to Board approved policies and procedures. The CEO directs and manages all organization matters of the Black AIDS Institute and its core values in achieving its mission and goals as currently defined.

Please visit to acccess the full position description.

How To Apply

Black AIDS Institute has retained Morten Group, LLC to conduct this executive search. All candidate information and conversations will be handled in a confidential manner. If you are interested in submitting an application for this executive search process, please ensure that your resume includes the following information for each position you have held for the last 15 years:

  • Name and location of each position
  • Job title
  • Years in position
  • Position to which you reported and positions that reported to you
  • Primary responsiblities and achievements

In your cover letter, please tell us why this position is of interest to you as well as the details of your last executive position and any successes.

Your materials should be sent in a PDF file to the BAI Search Committee via Please use BAI – President and CEO as a reference line.

The recruitment process will remain open until the position has been filled.

Philadelphia, PA

Associate General Secretary for Advancement, American Friends Service Committee

The Organization

The American Friends Service Committee is a Quaker Organization which includes people of various faiths who are committed to social justice, peace, and humanitarian service.  Its work is based on the Quaker belief in the worth of every person, and faith in the power of love to overcome violence and injustice.

Position Overview

Location: Philadelphia, PA

Application Deadline: May 14, 2018

For consideration, please attach your cover letter and resume to the online application.

Location: Philadelphia, PA

Application Deadline: May 14, 2018


Founded in 1917, the American Friends Service Committee (AFSC) is a Quaker organization that promotes lasting peace with justice, as a practical expression of faith in action. Drawing on continuing spiritual insights and working with people of many backgrounds, AFSC nurtures the seeds of change and respect for human life that transforms social relations and systems.

AFSC is re-energized as it enters its second century of promoting peace and justice around the globe. This, coupled with the increasing demand for our work, the organization is entering a period of re-visioning and renewal. With a new General Secretary, the organization is embarking on a strategic planning process that aligns our work for maximum impact, gives voice to diverse ways of working toward the same goals, and motivates the AFSC community with renewed energy and hope.

The Associate General Secretary for Advancement (AGSA) will play a crucial role in the re-visioning process and provide strategic leadership for the institutional advancement of AFSC. Through the fusion of the development and communications departments, the AGSA will create harmony and shared objectives for the team. The post holder will lead centrally and regionally- based innovative, digital-strong and effective strategies. The organization has loyal donors and recently completed a successful capital campaign. With the AGSA’s leadership, new outreach and fundraising plans to diversify our supporter base and attract new people to join with us as activists, donors, and volunteers will be developed.

Related Organizational Highlights


AFSC successfully concluded the “Courageous Acts” campaign on December 31, 2016 focused primarily on raising endowment dollars. The campaign ended a year ahead of schedule and exceeding the original goal of $35,000,000 to $41,370,808.

Through a major capital investment, AFSC converted from Raiser’s Edge to Salesforce in 2016 to serve as the primary donor management system and core constituent database of record. In addition, it also incorporated EveryAction to serve as AFSC’s primary constituent engagement, donation and advocacy system.

In late 2017 Schultz & Williams completed an assessment of AFSC current Development Program and concluded that AFSC has a high-performing fundraising program that is distinguished by:

  • A large and loyal donor base
  • A highly competitive “cost per dollar raised” leading to a high “return on investment”
  • A commitment to metrics and rigorous analysis
  • A dedicated staff across the organization

In addition, the assessment showed room for growth with more potential for grant and major gift income, engaging alumni in support of AFSC, and the need to invest in building up a larger, diverse donor pipeline.

In January 2018, the AFSC Board approved additional capital investments to hire additional key development staff and expand fundraising strategies.


AFSC’s Communications Department coordinates awareness and constituent engagement plans across the organization. They have built up rapid response, crisis communications, and content marketing strategies that combine video, social media, email, mobile messaging and advocacy, print publications, graphics production, webinars, and face-to-face events to build healthy, lasting relationships with AFSC. In 2017, the award-winning team increased media coverage by 40% year- over-year, coordinated successful centennial and alumni events, and increased online engagement with AFSC by 30%.

In April 2017, AFSC celebrated our 100th anniversary with an activist summit, alumni gathering, academic symposium using AFSC history, and a museum exhibit showing the results of our first century of faithful Quaker service around the world.

Summary of Principal Responsibilities

AFSC seeks a dynamic Associate General Secretary for Advancement to:

  • Advance the mission and vision and support organizational priorities by increasing the visibility of AFSC, increasing donors and supporters, and enhancing internal communications;
  • Weave together AFSC’s strands of work in collaboration with program units and regional offices so that “the total is greater than the sum of the parts”;
  • Build visibility and branding for AFSC to advance public recognition of AFSC relevance;
  • Lead the development and communication teams with a goal of raising $30 to $40 million annually;
  • Build on strong major donor and planned giving programs, and a strong communications team, work to increase funding from domestic and foreign foundations, governments and individuals, with a focus on sustainable income growth.

The AGSA will have an extensive network in the field of philanthropy and mastery of a broad range of fundraising approaches. In addition, the AGSA will be ready to manage both department’s present multi-million-dollar budgets and 40 staff members located in Philadelphia and several remote locations, inspiring them to work professionally, imaginatively and collaboratively to meet and exceed their goals. The AGSA will be able to develop and lead the strategic planning and growth progressions of the department and will be passionate about raising money to promote AFSC’s mission and programs and should be eager to embrace innovations and experiments in fundraising, online, person-to-person, in the mail, on the phones, and in other formats. The AGSA will serve as a visible spokesperson for AFSC to the donor community and other external constituencies. The AGSA will report to the General Secretary.

The key responsibilities of the Associate General Secretary for Advancement include the following:

  1. Work closely to the General Secretary and the Senior Leadership Team to provide key input to the organization’s strategic and operational plans from a development perspective.
  2. Develop a comprehensive, strategic and long-term fundraising plan for the AFSC, including annual goals for grants, unrestricted and restricted contributions, planned gifts, bequests and capital funds campaign. Set goals for sustainable income growth through expanding the donor base and increasing revenue. Communicate the plan to the entire organization, evaluating results and updating it
  3. Coordinate the work of the Communications Department to build and harmonize digitally-strong communications and marketing plans that support successful fundraising while complimenting program
  4. Establish and promote a strong unified advancement vision for both departments. Set a tone for creativity, cooperation, accountability, and professionalism for all who raise money for AFSC. Provide opportunities for continued skills development for all department staff and others in AFSC involved in fundraising.
  5. Work closely with the Chief Financial Officer, to strengthen donor stewardship and evaluate investment as well as ensure that partnerships between departments are seamless and in compliance with all regulations and policies.
  6. Evaluate the effect of internal and external forces on the organization and its fundraising and recommend short and long-range development initiatives to support the
  7. Build strong relationships with senior administrative and program staff, supporting and engaging them in development as needed.
  8. Provide training and support to Board members and other volunteers as they fulfill their fundraising responsibilities. Provide staff support to Board Stewardship
  9. Provide revenue targets to support the preparation of the annual organizational budget, working closely with all
  10. Directly supervise heads within the Development and Communications
  11. Monitor fundraising results through clear performance metrics to evaluate effectiveness of fundraising
  12. Relate to the top donors. Support the General Secretary and other staff leaders in preparation for donor events and
  13. Ensure AFSC compliance with all relevant laws, regulations, policies, and procedures as they relate to
  14. Maintain accountability standards to donors and ensure compliance with code of ethical principles and standards of professional conduct for fundraising
  15. Interpret the interests and concerns of AFSC donors to the General Secretary, Senior Leadership Team, and others regarding significant issues that might affect fundraising capabilities and donor relations.

The Candidate

The ideal candidate will be a creative, strategic thinker with a proven record of identifying, cultivating, soliciting and stewarding donors at all levels of giving, cultural backgrounds and ages in order to diversify and increase AFSC’s donor base and leverage local funding opportunities within the diverse AFSC constituencies. The Associate General Secretary for Advancement should have an entrepreneurial spirit, be willing to listen to novel ideas, take risks and effectively collaborate with the AFSC community.

Minimum Qualifications

Education:  Bachelor or Master’s Degree in management or philanthropy-related field desired or equivalent training or experience.


  1. At least seven years’ experience with demonstrated success in leading fundraising across all revenue streams including foundation, government and individual giving (including planned and major gifts).

Other Required Skills and Abilities:

  1. Commitment to Quaker values and testimonies. Understanding of and compatibility with the principles and philosophy of the American Friends Service Committee including non- violence and the belief in the intrinsic worth of every
  2. Understanding of and commitment to the principles, concerns, and considerations, of AFSC in regard to issues of race, class, nationality, religion, age, gender and sexual orientation, and disabilities. Demonstrated ability to work and communicate with diverse
  3. Proven success in achieving fundraising goals and a successful track record of cultivating, soliciting and securing major gifts.
  4. Demonstrated success in leading, managing and implementing a fundraising strategy that integrates several channels of fundraising including from diverse communities.
  5. Demonstrated experience in international fundraising and grant management and
  6. Demonstrated leadership, managerial and organizational learning
  7. Demonstrated ability to supervise and mentor
  8. Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively and effectively with people of other cultures, abilities, and socio-economic backgrounds.
  9. Ability to facilitate consultative decision-making processes and work with volunteer
  10. Experience working with and clear commitment to the principles and practices of diversity and
  11. Broad knowledge of AFSC approaches to issues and style of work; ability to speak articulately about AFSC
  12. Project executive presence and possess superior communication skills to express, orally and in writing, AFSC’s mission, vision, and goals with clarity, passion, and
  13. Willing and able to travel both nationally and
  14. Ability to attend evening and weekend meetings, consult outside of normal business hours.

Compensation:  Salary Range starts at $155,000–Exempt – Comprehensive medical and hospitalization plan; term life, accident and salary continuation insurances, defined benefit pension plan, plus fringe benefits; participation in unemployment and worker’s compensation and social security.

The American Friends Service Committee is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer.  Qualified persons are encouraged to apply regardless of their religious affiliation, race, age, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation or disability.

AFSC’s Central Office and some of its offices in the U.S. are unionized workplaces. This position is not represented.

The American Friends Service Committee is a smoke-free workplace.

How To Apply

To apply, please visit and complete and online application. For consideration, please attach your cover letter and resume to the online application.

New York, NY

Program Associate, Schott Foundation for Public Education

The Organization

The Schott Foundation for Public Education’s mission is to develop and strengthen a broad-based and representative movement to achieve fully resourced, quality preK-12 public education, giving every child an opportunity to learn. The Schott Foundation is a national leader in social justice philanthropy and public education advocacy. Schott strategically resources advocacy campaigns to provide students with an opportunity to learn by providing a hybrid of philanthropic supports, network building supports, communications supports, and policy advocacy supports. Schott makes it possible for communities across the country to address the race and income-based “opportunity gaps” that underlie achievement gaps – ultimately helping thousands of students, district-by-district and state-by-state. In helping to strengthen this movement, Schott recognizes its pivotal role as both funder and advocate in the social justice arena.

Position Overview

The Program Associate works as part of a team of program staff who are implementing a national strategy to advance an opportunity to learn for all children.  The Program Associate holds a variety of responsibilities related to the research, analysis, and coordination of programmatic activities, with a primary focus on the coordinating the systems required to implement the team’s strategy. Reporting to the Vice President of Programs and Advocacy, the Program Associate will coordinate the programmatic and operational requirements of the team to meet the foundation’s goals. The scope of work includes activities related to program development and implementation, grants management, learning, collaboration, communications, internal systems, and philanthropic practice.  The Program Associate evaluates grant proposals, conducts background research, and prepares proposals for funding.

The individual who fills this role should be committed to the foundation’s social justice mission, a strong team player, detail-oriented, flexible, and willing to take on new projects and responsibilities as needed. The ideal candidate will have great interest in the philanthropic sector as an agent for social change.  The Program Associate will also be interested in the role that communications, learning, and knowledge management play in advancing the foundation’s impact. The Program Associate will be a skilled project manager with the ability to manage several tasks simultaneously, proactively gather information, draw conclusions, and make recommendations regarding complex problems and issues. The Program Associate will be an excellent communicator – interpersonally and in writing — and will have experience with traditional forms and social media. The candidate should place a high value on building relationships and collaborating with colleagues, grantees and other partners.


The successful candidate is a confident, analytical, and agile problem solver with the ability to handle several program management tasks simultaneously. The successful candidate also has a demonstrated educational background and/or professional interest in at least one or more areas of the foundation, including education policy, social and racial justice, organizing, or philanthropy.


The Program Associate will also have opportunities to engage in substantive programmatic and grantmaking support to the Vice President through the following: review and response to letters of inquiry submitted by grant seekers; completing due diligence tasks for potential grants; and monitor the progress of existing grantees. The Program Associate helps to ensure strong connections with Schott’s other programs, departments, foundation-wide initiatives, and outside partners. The position also provides occasional opportunities for travel to attend site visits and various conferences.


General Program Responsibilities:

·        Responsible for all aspects of grants management, including grant inquiries, grant proposal, existing grants, and grantee reporting.

·        Draft grant proposal summaries and other documents for grant approval meetings and board meetings as needed in partnership with the Director and the Vice President of Programs and Advocacy.

·        Assess and address the needs of grantees for technical assistance.

·        Support the development and coordination of technical assistance webinars and conference sessions.

·        Contribute to the development and implementation of the Schott Foundation’s team strategy and work plan.

·        Conduct research in new or emerging issue areas of the foundation to inform the foundation’s resourcing strategy.

·        Represent the foundation at events and meetings.

·        Collaborate with the fundraising team on special initiatives and cross-programmatic events.

·        Other duties as assigned.


·        Experience in supporting a fast-paced team, including developing shared plans and coordinating external and internal communications.

·        Excellent analytic, writing, and project planning skills. Advanced communication skills needed in writing and social media.

·        Strong proficiency with research, data collection, review, analysis, documentation and reporting applications, including Excel, Word, PowerPoint, and databases.

·        Ability to manage multiple, often-conflicting deadlines; establish and negotiate timelines; and ensure timely delivery of high-quality work.

·        Attention to detail and accuracy; personal initiative; reliability, flexibility, and follow-up.

·        Creativity, flexibility, sound judgment, and ability to take initiative and work independently as well as a part of a team.

·        Effective interpersonal skills and demonstrated ability to interact professionally with diverse staff, grantees, and consultants across varied geographies. A team player who can add value to the Schott team beyond his/her area of expertise.

·        Outstanding organizational and project management experience, including the ability to move work from concept to implementation and completion.

·        A strong sense of passion, purpose, and sense of humor.

·        Experience with grassroots organizing, policy advocacy, and/or philanthropy a plus.

·        Bachelor’s degree or equivalent required; 3-5 years of professional experience preferred.

How To Apply

Please email your cover letter and resume with “Program Associate” in the subject line to

Minneapolis, MN

Multimedia Storyteller, The McKnight Foundation

The Organization

The McKnight Foundation, a Minnesota-based family foundation, seeks to improve the quality of life for present and future generations. Program interests include regional economic and community development, Minnesota’s arts and artists, early literacy, youth development, Midwest climate and energy, Mississippi River water quality, neuroscience research, international crop research, and rural livelihoods. Founded in 1953 and independently endowed by William and Maude McKnight, the Foundation had assets of approximately $2.2 billion and granted about $87 million in 2016. For more information, visit

Designated as a Great Place to Work® for its high-trust, high-performance workplace culture, 100% of McKnight employees say they’re proud to work here. Employees love our mission and the chance to take on meaningful, creative work alongside caring, talented colleagues in a beautiful location with great benefits. In addition, McKnight has been recognized as one of the nation’s best workplaces for women and one of the nation’s best small workplaces.

Position Overview

Position Purpose:

The newly created multimedia storyteller reports to the communications director. The position creates or oversees the development of varied digital content types and message channels to promote McKnight’s credible influence, share insights from our staff, and offer transparency and clarity about our goals and activities.

This is an exciting opportunity for an energetic, versatile, digitally-savvy storyteller to design and create web and social media-friendly multimedia content to advance critical ideas and insights.

Key Areas of Responsibilities:

  • Create original multimedia content to achieve mission and program objectives:
    • Produce social media cards, infographics, animated slide shows, gifs, illustrations, podcasts, videos, webinars, and other visual/audio content to enhance Foundation communications.
    • Make recommendations about creative content strategies to support overall Foundation priorities and activities.
    • Collaborate closely with program teams to lead content creation relevant to specific program goals.
    • Oversee development of multimedia micro-content to share the Foundation’s work, such as research reports, blog posts, staff events, grantee achievements, and organizational announcements, and special projects.
    • Write engaging copy for a variety of digital formats, such as e-newsletters, web content, and social media posts.
    • Edit blog posts, board book memos, and other copy for increased clarity.
  • Oversee McKnight’s social media presence.
    • Serve as a thoughtful steward of the voice of the Foundation in tone and purpose.
    • Manage editorial content schedule for day-to-day institutional accounts.
    • Monitor for conversations about McKnight or its grantees and engage as appropriate.
    • Seize opportunities to repurpose and promote evergreen content as well as inject our ideas and stories to trending topics and other people’s conversations.
    • Work in partnership with the digital engagement officer to develop and track paid digital ad campaigns.
  • Provide project management and administrative support to the team.
  • Manage a digital photo library as the collection grows.
  • Back up the Digital Engagement Officer on web maintenance and support other communications projects as needed.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Excellent analytical, writing, editing and visual storytelling skills.
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office, Adobe Creative Suite, Hootsuite, and other digital content creation platforms.
  • Fluency and comfort with content creation for all the major social media platforms (Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn) plus an interest in emerging platforms.
  • Ability to craft compelling and concise messages with a keen understanding of audience needs.
  • Some background in message framing, cognitive research, and social media audience targeting a bonus.
  • Strong project management skills.
  • Ability to meet tight deadlines and work on multiple projects at once.
  • Organization, time management, and strong problem-solving skills.

Required Education and Experience:

In addition to the above knowledge, skills, and abilities requirements, the ideal candidate for this position will also possess a Bachelor’s degree or commensurate experience and training. Additionally, 5-7 years relevant professional work experience in multi-media journalism, content marketing, or digital communications strongly preferred.

Working Conditions and Physical Effort:

  • Work is normally performed in an office work environment.
  • Occasional lifting of up to 50 pounds is required.
  • Bending, reaching, and lifting over head is required.
  • Regular operation of normal office machines (computer, copier, and fax) is required.
  • Occasional evenings and weekends are required.
  • Some travel outside of office is required.

How To Apply

Apply via The McKnight Foundation website

Click here to submit a job application

Priority consideration will be given to candidates who submit materials by Dec. 5, 2017.

In your cover letter, please provide links to recent samples of your multi-media or social media work.

New York, NY

Senior Philanthropy Consultant, TCC Group

The Organization

TCC Group is a mission-driven strategy consulting firm committed to helping diverse social actors strengthen and scale their work. We are committed to addressing complex social problems by heightening our clients’ understanding of their collaborative role in society. A Certified B Corporation founded in 1980, we partner with foundations, nonprofits, and corporate responsibility programs of all shapes and sizes. We provide an array of services that span strategic planning and program development, foundation and grants management, landscape research and organizational assessment, evaluation and organizational learning, and capacity building.

TCC Group’s staff of 30 professionals are incisive strategists, critical thinkers, and facilitative leaders.

We typically work in teams of consultants that are assembled to reflect our client’s consulting needs and our staff’s areas of expertise. Our consultants bring years of practical experience and leadership with foundations and nonprofit organizations; most typically have at least a Master’s degree as well. We work with organizations of various lifecycle stages, across a broad range of issues, including youth and education, civic capacity, policy and advocacy, environment, health and human services, arts and culture, immigration reform, criminal justice, gender, and human rights. As strategy consultants, our fundamental role is to guide clients in doing more impactful work by helping them make informed decisions and manage their work effectively and efficiently in order to support lasting change. Our work typically engages our foundation clients as active participants and collaborators.

Position Overview

TCC is currently seeking an exceptional and versatile full-time Senior Consultant to join the firm’s Philanthropy Team. We work with a broad range of philanthropic entities, including private, family, and community foundations, helping them address fundamental questions about their mission, vision, impact, programs and operations. We support funders in developing and strengthening a broad diversity of strategies to advance their agenda and to achieve a more just and equitable world.

The Senior Consultant will lead, manage, and/or advise projects in strategic planning, grantmaking strategy development, foundation learning and capacity building, funder collaboration, and family foundation management. Beyond direct client work, the Senior Consultant will contribute to TCC Group’s thought leadership and sector service through means such as producing published articles, presenting at conferences and webinars, and serving on philanthropy sector leadership bodies. The Senior Consultant will also partner with the Director of Philanthropy and Strategic Partnerships in identifying new client prospects and in cultivating, supporting, and sustaining foundation client relationships.

Deep knowledge of the philanthropic sector is a must; prior experience as a grantmaker (in an independent, family, community, or public foundation context) is strongly desired. We are looking for someone with exceptional research and communication skills (both written and verbal); demonstrated capacity to analyze complex organizational and social problems and to present research information clearly and crisply; expertise in group facilitation, including a track record of enabling executive-level decision-making; and a history of success in stewarding productive client relationships and managing in-house staff. The successful candidate will possess a very high degree of social and emotional intelligence, a sense of humor, and a commitment to respectful collaboration. This individual will be self-directed, work well in team settings with diverse staff and institutional partners, and (very importantly) be able to produce and deliver very high quality products while juggling multiple client engagements simultaneously. The position requires someone who is stimulated by working within a fast-paced, dynamic environment.


Under the supervision of the Director of Philanthropy and Strategic Partnerships, this position includes the following responsibilities:

Strategy and Governance Advising

•Assessing organizational and/or portfolio strengths and challenges

•Conducting landscape analyses in funded areas, or areas of future interest, to identify strategic opportunities, challenges, and prospects for building multi-party partnerships and funder alignment

•Developing effective grantmaking approaches and complementary resource investments

•Assessing the institutional capacity of foundation clients and guiding their approach to improve and strengthen institutional systems and governance


•Designing and executing a research agenda to inform strategy planning

•Collecting and analyzing data through strategies including interviews, focus groups, surveys, secondary data, and review of client organizational materials, published research studies, and other qualitative and quantitative sources

•Leading and actively participating in team meetings to discuss and develop findings and recommendations

•Developing written reports and presentations summarizing analysis and recommendations

Facilitation and Presentation

•Planning and facilitating meetings and retreats with boards, leadership staff, and other key stakeholders

•Fostering learning, shared consensus, and collective decision-making on strategic and operational issues

•Overseeing and/or preparing written materials and presentations for clients

Thought Leadership

•Individually and in teams, authoring articles, blogs, e-letters, and other written materials reflecting practical wisdom gleaned from philanthropic sector engagements

•Presenting at philanthropy sector conferences, webinars, and other peer forums

Business Development

•Developing and implementing marketing strategies to attract new mission-driven work to TCC

•Identifying prospective foundation clients and networking with funders in various sector settings

•Overseeing and/or preparing approach and materials for meetings with prospective clients

•Drafting proposals, including proposed budgets and workplans

Foundation Management

•Support in overseeing, managing, and/or building TCC Group’s foundation management practice, including:

– identifying prospective family foundation clients

– conducting due diligence on grantees of foundation management clients

-researching and/or advising on portfolio growth and grantee diversification

– stewarding grantee relationships

– overseeing and/or strengthening foundation management routine processes and systems

Client Relations

•Building and sustaining productive client relations, including email and telephone communication, and in-person meetings

Desired Skills/Background


•Advanced degree (MA or PhD) in a relevant field.


•A minimum of eight years of relevant work experience in the philanthropic sector, consulting experience

•Experience working in diverse communities and across social, economic and cultural differences

•Record of publication in peer review journals, blogs, e-letters, or other media outlets

•Supervisory experience

Strongly preferred:

•Previous consulting experience


•Social and emotional intelligence: ability to work well in diverse teams; make quick and productive connection with diverse organizational clients; “read the temperature” of a room through skilled facilitation, enabling consensus; and remain calm, productive, and upbeat in a high pressured, fast paced, constantly changing environment. Commitment to personal and professional growth; intellectual curiosity, creativity, and desire professional challenge

•Communication and presentation skills (verbal and written): ability to present complex concepts, findings and recommendations in succinct, salient and readable prose (memos, reports, published articles, etc.); and be able to articulately communicate information of a complex and/or sensitive nature in person and through various media.

•Analytical skills: ability to tackle large and complex problems in topical areas of interest by parsing out issues, weighing pros and cons, identifying common themes and patterns, and developing recommendations for consideration.

•Interpersonal relational skills: ability to interpret and work productively within diverse organizational cultures, enabling strong rapport and productive consensus among boards and leadership staff.

•Management skills: ability to seamlessly juggle multiple projects simultaneously, providing different roles and services, addressing different topical areas, supervising and/or contributing to team work, managing work flow, and ensuring that high quality materials are delivered on time

•Temperament: Congenial, collaborative, respectful, self-reflective, high degree of integrity, strong work ethic, sense of humor.

How To Apply

Salary: Commensurate with experience; competitive benefits package.

To Apply: Please submit a resume, cover letter, and writing sample (no more than 5 pages – can be excerpted) for the “Senior Consultant, Philanthropy” position at

No telephone calls, please.

TCC Group is an equal opportunity employer. Each position at the firm is filled by the best qualified applicant available. The firm does not discriminate against employees or applicants on any legally protected basis, including, but not limited to, race, color, creed, religion, gender, gender identity, marital status, sexual orientation, national origin, ancestry, veteran’s status, age, or disability which does not interfere with an individual’s ability to perform the essential functions of his or her job position with or without reasonable accommodation.