Our funders are a diverse group of grantmakers committed to making philanthropy better through collaborative efforts that build and promote community around openness and feedback. We believe foundations are most effective — and can make the most difference in the world — when we share what we learn from our work and how we make decisions, and when we  listen to what others want to share with us, and then act on what we hear.

As a funder collaborative, our pooled resources demonstrate commitment to improving philanthropy; create opportunity for maximum influence and impact; streamline the grantmaking process; and ensure continuity of funding in the field.

We welcome funders to join us as we learn and grow. Here are some ways we encourage you to get involved:

  • Join as a core funder, a sidecar funder, or a Listen for Good co-funder.
  • Let us know if you are interested in shovel-ready projects, proposals we receive as part of our grantmaking process that might align with work your foundation funds.
  • Send us names of prospective grantees we could consider funding through the grantmaking process.
  • Send us ideas or advice about our efforts to improve philanthropy, such as about things that might enhance our work or hurdles we should consider.

Contact Melinda Tuan, Managing Director, at, for more information.

Core Funders

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 grantmaking 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.

Core Funder Representatives

Nageeb Sumar

Nageeb serves as deputy director on the Philanthropic Partnerships Team at Gates. 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 Gates  in 2009, Nageeb worked at Oxfam America on microfinance and market access issues.

Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
Linda Baker

Linda joined Packard in 1994, and currently serves as the Director of Organizational Effectiveness. In this role, she leads the Organizational Effectiveness (OE) team, investing 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 foundation’s four program grantmaking areas, and also engages with the broader field on capacity building and good philanthropic practice.

David and Lucile Packard Foundation
Meredith Blair Pearlman

Meredith joined Packard 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.

David and Lucile Packard Foundation
Jennifer Hoos Rothberg

As Einhorn’s executive director, Jennifer leads the trust’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 organization’s vision. Jennifer became the trust’s first fulltime staff member in 2007, leading the development of its 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.

Einhorn Family Charitable Trust
Jon Gruber

Jon leads Einhorn’s Campus and Community portfolios, working closely with a diverse set of partner grantees and exploring opportunities to advance the trust’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.

Einhorn Family Charitable Trust
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 & 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.

Ford Foundation
Kathy Reich

Kathy serves as Ford’s 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.

Ford 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 Moore, 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.

Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation
Kelley Gulley

Kelley is a senior program officer Irvine, splitting 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.

The James Irvine Foundation
Kim Ammann Howard

Kim  is Irvine’s director of Impact Assessment and Learning. She has more than 25 years of social impact experience with nonprofits, foundations, and the public sector in the United States and abroad. Prior to joining the foundation in 2015, Kim spent 10 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. 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 James Irvine 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.

The JPB Foundation
Betsy Krebs

Betsy is vice president, Poverty, at The 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.

The JPB 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.

Rita Allen 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; and 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 & Melinda Gates Foundation —designing and developing its Impact Planning & Improvement division — and was a founding principal of BTW Informing Change, a strategic consulting firm.

William and Flora Hewlett Foundation
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.

William and Flora Hewlett 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 effecting 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.

W.K. Kellogg Foundation
Trevor Pollack

Trevor joined Barr in 2014 to staff a range of work across the foundation. He manages Barr’s efforts to strengthen the region’s nonprofit and philanthropic sectors, as well as other Cross-Program Initiatives and Special Initiatives grantmaking. He also supports the foundation’s board and executive leadership. Trevor previously was associate director for institutional giving at the Handel and Haydn Society, a professional chorus and period orchestra and America’s oldest continuously performing arts organization. In his five years there, he was responsible for all foundation, corporate, and government relations. In addition to his work at Barr, Trevor serves on the board of the Massachusetts Nonprofit Network (MNN), co-chairs the Emerging Practitioners in Philanthropy (EPIP) Boston Chapter, and serves on the Associated Grant Makers (AGM) Program Committee.

Barr Foundation
Lissette Rodriguez

Lissette is vice president and chief program officer at EMCF, overseeing the foundation’s core program, the Youth Development Fund, and PropelNext, which helps youth-serving nonprofits use data and self-evaluation to improve programs and capacity. She is also in charge of evaluation and learning at the foundation. Before joining EMCF in 2010, Lissette held positions at YouthBuild USA and the Boston Foundation, and was the founding executive director of Casa Nueva Vida, a shelter for homeless Latina women and their children.

The Edna McConnell Clark Foundation
Jehan Velji

As EMCF’s portfolio manager and director of portfolio strategy, Jehan leads planning and related efforts to regularly update and refresh the Foundation’s core grantmaking strategy. She also provides strategic counsel and leadership support to EMCF’s Youth Development Fund and PropelNext. Jehan has more than 20 years’ experience in strategy consulting and organizational capacity-building, including with positions at the Bridgespan Group and Mercer Management Consulting. She serves on the Advisory Board of the Center for Effective Philanthropy.

The Edna McConnell Clark Foundation
Veronica Olazabal

Veronica, Rockefeller’s director of measurement, evaluation and organizational performance, is an award-winning impact measurement and management expert with a professional portfolio ranging 15 years and four continents (Africa, Asia, North and South America). She has led social impact measurement at the MasterCard Foundation, Nuru International, United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR), and the Food Bank for New York City. Veronica serves on the American Evaluation Association’s (AEA) Board of Directors, and is founder of AEA’s Social Impact Measurement Group. She is a frequent contributor to ICTworks and AEA365.

The Rockefeller Foundation
Yvonne Belanger

Yvonne is Barr’s director of learning and evaluation, leading the foundation’s efforts to gauge its impact and support ongoing learning — and application of that learning — among staff, grantees, and the fields in which the organization works. She came to Barr from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, where, as a senior program officer, she partnered with leading researchers to build evidence on strategies for improving equity and success for low-income, first-generation students and students of color. She also served as a board member for the Queen Anne Helpline, a Seattle social-services nonprofit. Prior to philanthropy, Yvonne worked in education and research in a variety of roles, including in teaching, assessment, evaluation, instructional technologies, and digital-library projects.

Barr Foundation

Sidecar Funders

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 $25,000 to $300,000 and are 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.

Listen for Good Co-Funders

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.

  • Rita Allen Foundation**
  • The Assisi Foundation of Memphis
  • Ms. Elizabeth Bausch
  • Mary Black Foundation
  • Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina Foundation
  • The Boston Foundation
  • The Chicago Community Trust
  • Cisco Systems
  • Edna McConnell Clark Foundation**
  • Community Foundation of Sonoma County
  • Community Foundations of the Hudson Valley
  • Community Impact Committee of United Way of Northwest Vermont
  • Endowment for Health
  • Episcopal Health Foundation
  • Ford Foundation**
  • The Florida Bar Foundation
  • GreenLight Fund of the Bay Area
  • Walter and Elise Haas Fund
  • Harland Charitable Foundation
  • Hartford Foundation for Public Giving
  • Hawai’i Community Foundation
  • Health Foundation for Western and Central New York
  • William and Flora Hewlett Foundation**
  • Hope for New York
  • Inasmuch Foundation
  • Innovate Foundation
  • The James Irvine Foundation**
  • The JPB Foundation**
  • W.K. Kellogg Foundation**
  • Las Vegas – Clark County Library District Foundation
  • Tom LaTour
  • Marin Community Foundation
  • Merrion Family Foundation
  • NeighborWorks America
  • New Hampshire Charitable Foundation
  • Ohio Capital Corporation for Housing
  • Oregon Community Foundation
  • Overdeck Family Foundation
  • David and Lucile Packard Foundation**
  • Petaluma Health Center
  • Virginia G. Piper Charitable Trust
  • Plough Foundation
  • The Potter’s Hands Foundation
  • The Private Bank
  • REDF
  • The Rockefeller Foundation**
  • Winthrop Rockefeller Foundation
  • Saint Luke’s Foundation
  • San Juan United Way
  • Sand Hill Foundation
  • Silicon Valley Social Venture Fund (SV2)
  • Sobrato Family Foundation
  • Lisa Sobrato Sonsini
  • The Spartanburg County Foundation
  • Stand Together
  • Susan Stone
  • Sunlight Giving
  • Moses Taylor Foundation
  • United Way of the Cape Fear Area
  • United Way for Southeastern Michigan
  • Weingart Foundation
  • Wellington Management Foundation
  • The Whitman Institute
  • Mary Winter
  • Wishcamper Family Foundation
  • York Solutions’ Think IT Association
  • Tommy and Lauren Young Fund, via Hope Christian Community Foundation
  • Younger Family 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.

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