To date, there are thirty-six (36) funders involved with Shared Insight. Funders can be involved as Core Funders, Additional Funders or Listen for Good Co-Funders. Learn more about our funders and funder types:

The Fund for Shared Insight is led by eight core funders including the David and Lucile Packard Foundation, the Ford Foundation, the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation, The JPB Foundation, Liquidnet, the Rita Allen Foundation, the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, and the W.K. Kellogg Foundation. Core funders all provide general support to the Fund for Shared Insight of at least $250,000/year over three years. Fund for Shared Insight is a sponsored project of Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors and all core funders serve as project advisors to RPA regarding strategy and grant recommendations. We welcome additional core funders to join Shared Insight.


David and Lucile Packard Foundation


LInda Baker

Linda is a program officer in the Organizational Effectiveness program and for the Special Opportunities Fund. From 2010 to 2013, she served as a program officer in the Local Grantmaking Program with responsibility for grantmaking in Santa Cruz and Monterey Counties. There, she launched the Salinas Youth Initiative, which focuses on building the capacity of organizations serving youth in East Salinas. Prior to joining the Local Grantmaking Program, Linda worked as a program officer in the Children, Families, and Communities Program, working to bring health insurance to all children in California. Before joining the Foundation, Linda worked for the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation in Princeton, New Jersey, in the research and evaluation department.


Ford Foundation


Hilary Pennington 

Hilary is vice president of Ford’s Education, Creativity and Free Expression program. In that capacity, she leads the foundation’s work on school reform in the United States and higher education around the world, next-generation media policy and journalism, and support for arts and culture. She also oversees the foundation’s regional programming in four offices based in Africa and the Middle East. Prior to joining Ford in 2013, Hilary was an independent consultant, served as director of education, postsecondary success and special initiatives at the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, was a senior fellow at the Center for American Progress, and president and CEO of Jobs for the Future (JFF), a research and policy development organization she co-founded. Hilary also served on President Bill Clinton’s transition team and as co-chair of his administration’s presidential advisory committee on technology.

Kathy Reich

Kathy serves at the Ford Foundation as Director of BUILD, a new initiative to strengthen key institutions fighting inequality worldwide. Previously, she was at the David and Lucile Packard Foundation, where she served in various roles including Director of Organizational Effectiveness and Philanthropy, program officer for preschool grantmaking, and policy analyst/editor for The Future of Children journal. Prior to joining Packard, Kathy was policy director at the Social Policy Action Network, served as a legislative assistant on Capitol Hill, and worked for state and local elected officials in California.


Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation

Nicky Conroy

Nicky works on foundation-level strategic projects, including support to the leadership team, projects contributing to the philanthropic sector and cross-programmatic processes and priorities.

Before joining the foundation, Nicky was chief of staff and head of finance and operations for Blu Skye Sustainability Consulting, a management consulting firm centered on the idea that sustainability is the greatest opportunity for business growth. There, she supported client services to achieve transformation for Fortune 500 companies, industry-wide coalitions and other organizations including  Walmart, the Sustainable Apparel Coalition and Conservation International. Previously, she worked in corporate social responsibility and product development for Gaiam, Inc.


JPB Foundation


Barbara Picower

Barbara is president and chair of the board of directors of The JPB Foundation. JPB’s mission is to enhance the quality of life in the United States through transformational initiatives that promote the health of our communities. JPB’s program areas include poverty, specifically in the areas of health and chronic disease, economic opportunity, and democracy; medical research, specifically collaborative consortiums of scientists investigating diabetes, Parkinson’s disease, and Alzheimer’s disease, as well as brain research on learning and memory; and the environment, enabling healthy and resilient communities. JPB’s values include an evidence-based approach focused on impact, intelligent risk-taking, and addressing challenges of poverty at the root cause level. JPB pursues funding that is highly strategic, working with nonprofits and other funders to collaborate, coordinate, and leverage resources to achieve maximum impact.


Betsy Krebs

Betsy is Vice President, Poverty, at JPB Foundation.  She is involved with JPB’s efforts to help low-income populations overcome barriers to opportunity. Betsy’s work supports organizations that break the cycle of poverty by creating long-term positive change for disadvantaged communities, specifically in the areas of health and chronic disease, economic opportunity, and democracy.  Prior to joining JPB in 2014, Betsy was a consultant to nonprofits and foundations, and was executive director of Youth Advocacy Center – an organization she co-founded.




Brian Walsh

Brian Walsh oversees corporate impact for Liquidnet, a New York-based financial services company that uses technology and a trusted global network to make capital markets more efficient. As Head of Corporate Impact at Liquidnet For Good, Brian is responsible for using the resources of Liquidnet to have a positive impact in the world. Liquidnet provides its employees with the inspiration and the opportunity to give back through local programs in the communities where the company has operations and through a groundbreaking partnership with the Agahozo-Shalom Youth Village (ASYV), an innovative home, community, and high school for orphans in Rwanda. Liquidnet is also focused on leveraging its expertise, core strengths, and knack for innovation to help make the work of the social sector more effective; and works to accelerate the practice of impact investing through programs and partnerships that build the capacity of this emerging field.


Rita Allen Foundation


Elizabeth Christopherson

Elizabeth is president and CEO of the Rita Allen Foundation, an organization that invests in transformative ideas in their earliest stages to leverage their growth and promote breakthrough solutions to significant problems. In that capacity, Elizabeth is guiding the foundation through a period of rapid expansion and an entrance into new funding areas, including civic literacy and engagement and leadership in science and social innovation. Prior to joining Rita Allen in 2009, Elizabeth was the first female executive director of New Jersey’s public broadcasting network (NJN), served on the Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) Board, chaired the New Jersey State Council on the Arts, and served as president of the New Jersey Women’s Forum. She has served on numerous national and international boards and juries, including as chair of NHK's Japan Prize.


William and Flora Hewlett Foundation


Fay Twersky

Fay is director of Hewlett’s Effective Philanthropy Group. In that capacity, she oversees five functions including cross-foundation strategy support, evaluation and organization learning as well as grantmaking in support of organizational effectiveness and a strong philanthropic sector. Prior to joining Hewlett in 2011, Fay advised Yad Hanadiv (the Rothschild Family Foundation), served as director and member of the leadership team of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation – designing and developing their Impact Planning & Improvement division, and was a founding principal of BTW – Informing Change, a strategic consulting firm.


Lindsay Austin Louie

Lindsay is the Program Officer for Philanthropy Grantmaking at Hewlett. In that capacity, she leads two grantmaking strategies focused on increasing philanthropic effectiveness: (1) Knowledge Creation and Dissemination, and (2) the Hewlett Foundation’s participation in Fund for Shared Insight. Prior to joining Hewlett in 2013, Lindsay served as executive director of the Silicon Valley Venture Fund (SV2), and ran business development for Goodwill Industries of San Francisco, San Mateo and Marin Counties.


W.K. Kellogg Foundation

Arelis E. Diaz

Arelis is a program officer for the Office of the President at Kellogg.  In this role, she is responsible for identifying and nurturing opportunities for affecting positive systemic change within communities, and executing programming efforts that are aligned with the organizational direction.  She leads corporate responsibility efforts and special initiatives of the president and CEO, on behalf of the organization.  Arelis formerly served as a program officer working with Kellogg’s Education & Learning and Family Economic Security teams. Before joining Kellogg in 2010, she had a 15-year career in the Michigan public school system, serving most recently as an assistant superintendent for curriculum and instruction and human resources.


Fund for Shared Insight is pleased to announce that the Barr Foundation, The James Irvine Foundation, the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, the Rockefeller Brothers Fund (RBF), and The Rockefeller Foundation are supporting our efforts to improve philanthropy. 

Barr Foundation

Barr Foundation’s mission is to invest in human, natural, and creative potential, serving as thoughtful stewards and catalysts. Based in Boston, Barr focuses regionally, and selectively engages nationally, working in partnership with nonprofits, foundations, the public sector, and civic and business leaders to elevate the arts; advance solutions for climate change; and expand educational opportunity. Barr joined the Fund for Shared Insight to support its efforts—and those of its grantee partners—to increase foundation openness.

The James Irvine Foundation

The James Irvine Foundation is dedicated to expanding opportunity for the people of California to participate in a vibrant, successful and inclusive society. The Irvine Foundation’s longtime commitment to California will be reflected in its support, which will be directed to the Center for Employment Opportunities (CEO). With three offices in California, CEO is working on implementing feedback loops with participants at all stages of its program model and associated research.

John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation

The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation supports creative people, effective institutions, and influential networks building a more just, verdant, and peaceful world. We are grateful that MacArthur is supporting the Fund for Shared Insight's efforts to improve philanthropy.

Rockefeller Brothers Fund

The Rockefeller Brothers Fund advances social change that contributes to a more just, sustainable, and peaceful world. Considering RBF’s international focus, Shared Insight plans to direct this support to GlobalGiving and its efforts to implement feedback loops among charities listed on its website and their end beneficiaries. 

The Rockefeller Foundation

For more than 100 years, The Rockefeller Foundation’s mission has been to promote the well-being of humanity throughout the world. Today, The Rockefeller Foundation pursues this mission through dual goals: advancing inclusive economies that expand opportunities for more broadly shared prosperity, and building resilience by helping people, communities and institutions prepare for, withstand, and emerge stronger from acute shocks and chronic stresses. To achieve these goals, The Rockefeller Foundation works at the intersection of four focus areas – advance health, revalue ecosystems, secure livelihoods, and transform cities – to address the root causes of emerging challenges and create systemic change. The Rockefeller Foundation’s contributions to Fund for Shared Insight will benefit our collaboration and evaluation efforts.


Together with 28 nominating co-funders, Listen for Good has provided grants to 46 nonprofits to date for the purpose of building high quality feedback loops. These co-funders are:

  • Cisco Systems
  • David and Lucile Packard Foundation*
  • The Edna McConnell Clark Foundation
  • Episcopal Health Foundation
  • GreenLight Fund of the Bay Area
  • Hartford Foundation for Public Giving
  • Hawai'i Community Foundation
  • Health Foundation for Western and Central New York
  • Inasmuch Foundation
  • Innovate Foundation
  • Ohio Capital Corporation for Housing
  • Oregon Community Foundation
  • Plough Foundation
  • Rita Allen Foundation*
  • Saint Luke's Foundation
  • Sand Hill Foundation 
  • Susan Stone (individual donor)
  • The Boston Foundation
  • The Chicago Community Trust
  • The JPB Foundation*
  • The Private Bank
  • The Whitman Institute
  • United Way for Southeastern Michigan
  • United Way of the Cape Fear Area
  • Weingart Foundation
  • William and Flora Hewlett Foundation*
  • Wishcamper Family Foundation
  • W.K. Kellogg Foundation*

* Also a Core Funder