To date, there are 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:

Core funders commit a minimum of $250,000/year for a general project support grant for three years. They also play a key strategic role in our efforts by joining three in-person core funder meetings per year and participating in the grant-making process. Core funders have the option to participate in one or more subcommittees based on their foundation’s interests. They can also play a crucial role by authoring blog posts or articles about our work, sharing information with their network via email and social media, and cultivating interest among other funders in joining the collaborative.


Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation


Nageeb serves as Deputy Director on the Philanthropic Partnerships Team at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. He oversees the foundation’s work on policy, systems and innovation in philanthropy. Prior to joining the Philanthropic Partnerships Team in September 2015, Nageeb served as a Senior Program Officer on the Donor Government Relations team, where he led the Foundation’s engagement with Canada, Australia, Japan and Korea. Prior to joining the Gates Foundation in 2009, Nageeb worked at Oxfam America on microfinance and market access issues.


David and Lucile Packard Foundation


LInda Baker

Linda joined the Foundation in 1994, and currently serves as the Director of Organizational Effectiveness. In this role, she leads the Organizational Effectiveness (OE) team as they invest in grantees to build their core strengths and maximize their impact. Through these investments, the OE team aims to build healthier, better connected organizations and networks ready to bring about greater change in the areas the Foundation cares most about. The OE team works in collaboration with the four program grantmaking areas of the Foundation, and also engages with the broader field on capacity building and good philanthropic practice.


Meredith joined the Packard Foundation in 2012 with ten years of experience conducting research, implementing programs and developing internal and external reporting, monitoring, and evaluation processes to improve organizational learning. Prior to joining the Foundation, Meredith advised various social change organizations on program development and evaluation, including organizations focused on prevention of mass violence, women’s empowerment, income generation, and governance reform. Most recently, Meredith led Humanity United’s monitoring, evaluation, and learning work –overseeing the implementation of the organization’s planning, assessment, and learning guidelines, which she co-developed in 2009. 


Einhorn Family Charitable Trust


As the Trust’s Executive Director, Jennifer leads the foundation’s efforts to fulfill its mission of helping people get along better. Jennifer oversees all aspects of the Trust, including setting its strategic priorities, monitoring progress towards goals, and building relationships with key partners to advance the foundation’s vision. Jennifer became the Trust’s first fulltime staff member in 2007, where she led the development of the foundation’s strategy and partnership approach to grantmaking. Before joining the Trust, Jennifer served as a grant writer and development director, helping to spearheaded efforts to build effective organizational practices in development and operations. 


Jon leads the Trust's Campus and Community portfolios, working closely with a diverse set of partner grantees and exploring opportunities to advance EFCT's strategies in these areas. Before joining the Trust Jon was a Principal at the management consulting firm Booz & Company, advising clients across sectors on strategy and organizational performance, and also worked as a consultant at Katzenbach Partners. He started his career teaching at the Stowe School in England and serving as Director of Education at The Jewish Foundation for the Righteous.


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.


The James Irvine Foundation


Kelley is a Senior Program Officer at The James Irvine Foundation where she splits her time between grantmaking in Southern California as part of the Career Readiness and Living Wage Work Initiative and serving on the Impact, Assessment & Learning Team. Prior to joining Irvine, Kelley served as Interim Managing Director/Director of Portfolio Management at the Thrive Foundation for Youth in Menlo Park, California. There she implemented a national grantmaking strategy to support long-term mentoring programs operating in urban areas, resulting in high percentages of youth graduating from high school and college, many of whom were first-generation students. Kelley’s faith-based work has included being the Strategic Initiatives Administrator at Eastern Star Church and teaching and preaching as a licensed, ordained minister at World Conquerors Church in Oakland.


Kim Ammann Howard is Director of Impact Assessment and Learning at The James Irvine Foundation. She has over 25 years of social impact experience with nonprofits, foundations and the public sector in the US and abroad. Prior to joining the Foundation in 2015, Kim spent ten years at Informing Change, a Berkeley-based consulting firm, designing, conducting, and overseeing evaluation, strategy, and applied research efforts. Previous positions include directing evaluations and applied research projects at the Stanford University School of Medicine's Prevention Research Center and the Johns Hopkins School of Public Health; earlier, at the Contra Costa County’s Health Services Department, she facilitated the implementation of a variety of prevention programs and staffed cross-sector networks focused on policy and systems change.


The 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.


The Rockefeller Foundation


As managing director for strategy, Caroline leads the team responsible for strategy development within new programmatic initiatives at the Rockefeller Foundation. She also supports broader strategic efforts that help realize the Foundation’s mission and goals. Prior to joining the Foundation, Ms. Kronley was a management consultant at Katzenbach Partners as well as Booz & Company, where she served a broad range of clients on strategy and organizational performance. Earlier in her career, Ms. Kronley oversaw strategic planning activities for a Mexican microfinance institution. She has also worked in various capacities for a number of non-profit organizations in the United States, focusing on community development and financial inclusion.


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.


For funders who want to support the work of Fund for Shared Insight but cannot make the three-year, $250,000/ year minimum commitment to join as a core funder, we invite them to join as a “sidecar” funder. Sidecar funders provide a one- or two-year grant to support Shared Insight. These grants have ranged from $50,000 to $300,000 and have been used for general support or targeted for a specific geography (e.g. California or global work) or activity (e.g. evaluation). We invite sidecar funders to our core funder dinners and any special events.


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.

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.

Omidyar Network

Omidyar Network invests in entrepreneurs who share in a commitment to advancing social good at the pace and scale the world needs. By taking calculated risks in the earliest stages of innovation, Omidyar Network helps to transform promising ideas into successful ventures. We appreciate Omidyar Network’s general project support for Shared Insight.

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. 


Listen for Good (L4G) is a grant initiative of Fund for Shared Insight launched in 2016, that is dedicated to building the practice of listening to the people we seek to help. To participate in L4G, a nonprofit must be nominated by a current funder. Nominating co-funders contribute $15,000, which is matched by $30,000 from Shared Insight for a combined $45,000, two-year grant. Learn more about how to become a L4G nominating co-funder here.*

  • 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**

*Please note that core and sidecar funders are encouraged to nominate their grantees and participate as L4G co-funders, as well.
**This Core Funder also participates in L4G.