Funders

Our funders are a diverse group of grantmakers committed to making philanthropy better through collaborative efforts that build and promote community around listening and feedback. We believe foundations are most effective — and can make the most difference in the world — when our decisions are informed by the insights of nonprofits and the people and communities they serve.

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

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
Hilary Pennington

Hilary is Ford’s executive vice president for program, overseeing all programs and offices globally, working to ensure strategic, meaningful, and well-aligned global grantmaking. She also oversees the foundation’s BUILD program and the Office of Strategy and Learning. Before assuming her current role, she served as the foundation’s vice president for education, creativity, and free expression. 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
Kelley Gulley

Kelley is initiative director at Irvine, splitting her time between leading the Better Careers initiative (focused on moving low-income workers into middle-skill/middle-wage jobs) and serving on the Impact Assessment & Learning team (leading the development of Irvine’s feedback practices). Prior to joining Irvine, Kelley served as interim managing director/director of portfolio management at the Thrive Foundation for Youth, in Menlo Park, Calif.; as president & CEO of the National Community Development Institute in Oakland, Calif.; and as president & CEO of the Indianapolis Private Industry Council. Kelley’s faith-based work has included being the strategic initiatives administrator at Eastern Star Church. A licensed and ordained minister, she currently serves on the teaching and preaching faculty at World Conquerors Church, in Oakland, Calif.

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
Fay Twersky

Fay is vice president of the Hewlett Foundation, managing special initiatives to improve grantmaking and discrete projects that fall outside traditional programming. She also leads the foundation’s Effective Philanthropy Group, a team she shaped and launched in 2012 to guide strategy, evaluation, and organization learning within Hewlett, and also lead 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
Lissette Rodriguez

Lissette, a managing director, portfolio strategy and management at Blue Meridian Partners, provides strategic and executional leadership on critical business priorities and leads innovation efforts which will expand Blue Meridian’s work as it evolves. Lissette additionally oversees the Edna McConnell Clark Foundation’s remaining work on the Youth Development Fund and PropelNext. Before joining EMCF in 2010, Lissette held senior leadership 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 a managing director, portfolio strategy and management at Blue Meridian Partners, Jehan explores new philanthropic investment opportunities, leads due diligence on potential Blue Meridian investees, and manages relationships with current investees. Jehan has over two decades of experience in strategy consulting and organizational capacity-building, including positions at EMCF, The Bridgespan Group, Mercer Management Consulting, and Catholic Relief Services.

The Edna McConnell Clark 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
Andrew Brower

As a program-related investments officer on the Kellogg Foundation’s mission-driven investments team, Andrew is responsible for developing and coordinating strategic investment activities that address systemic barriers that create vulnerable conditions for historically marginalized communities and children. Prior to this role, Andrew co-led the Grand Rapids place-based team, co-directing both strategy and investments. Before joining Kellogg in 2010, he served as the founding executive director of The SOURCE, a nonprofit focused on retention, supports, assets, career mobility and workforce and economic development for employees, family members and employers in one of Grand Rapids’ most economically depressed neighborhoods.

W.K. Kellogg Foundation
Victoria Vrana

Victoria is a senior program officer at the Gates Foundation, which she joined in 2011. Previously, she served as chief knowledge officer, then vice president, communications and assessment at Venture Philanthropy Partners. Her roles before that included serving as director of interactive media for the Morino Institute, and as a senior account executive with Millennium Communications, a consulting firm serving nonprofits and foundations. Her interests in development and using communications and technology for social change began at the Network of East-West Women, where she directed the first online network linking women in post-Soviet countries.

Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
Aida Woldu

Aida is an associate program officer at the Gates Foundation, where she joined in 2019. She previously held positions at the David and Lucile Packard Foundation, working in the Organizational Effectiveness program; VMware Foundation, where she served as a corporate philanthropy associate; and KPMG, where she conducted portfolio reviews and evaluations for private foundations.

Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
Chris Cardona

As a program officer at Ford, Chris is responsible for designing and implementing a grantmaking strategy to build an enduring capacity to advance diversity, equity, and inclusion with an intersectional lens in U.S. philanthropy. As part of Ford’s BUILD team, he supports other grantmakers at the foundation in providing organizational strengthening support to their grantee partners, and advises internally on philanthropic engagement. Prior to joining Ford, he led the philanthropy consulting practice at TCC Group and served as a program director at Hispanics in Philanthropy. Chris serves on the boards of the Winthrop Rockefeller Foundation and Red Hook Initiative, a youth-serving agency in Brooklyn.

Ford Foundation
Jennifer Stout

Jennifer serves as the deputy director for strategy and innovation on the Gates Foundation’s Philanthropic Partnerships team. In this role, she leads the cross-cutting strategy work of the team as well as the exploration of trends and opportunities for leveraging the ideas, influence, and resources of philanthropists for catalytic change. Since 2010, Jennifer has served in multiple roles on the team, including the launch and growth of the Giving Pledge and efforts to encourage philanthropy in China and India.

Prior to joining the foundation, she served as a senior consultant with the management consulting firm Booz Allen Hamilton and as an analyst with Pfizer’s Strategic Investments Group.

Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
Ciciley Moore

Ciciley is Kellogg’s program officer for the Office of the President, supporting foundation efforts to promote thriving children, working families, and equitable communities. She provides leadership for program efforts and special initiatives of the president and CEO, develops strategic relationships representing the foundation across the U.S., and is involved with grant-making in the priority areas of early childhood education, workforce development, health equity, and racial equity. Before joining Kellogg in 2016, Ciciley developed and lead talent attraction and retention programs that focused on LGBT workplace inclusion, racial equity, and leadership development at a regional chamber of commerce.

W.K. Kellogg 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.

Listen4Good Co-Funders

Listen4Good (L4G), launched in 2016, is Fund for Shared Insight’s signature initiative dedicated to building the practice of listening to the people we seek to help, especially those whose voices are least heard. To participate in Listen4Good’s co-funded grant program, an organization must be nominated by a current funder*. Nominating co-funders contribute $15,000, which is matched by $15,000 from Shared Insight for a combined $30,000, 18-month grant.

  • Rita Allen Foundation
  • Arsht-Cannon Fund (endowed fund of the Delaware Community Foundation)
  • The Assisi Foundation of Memphis
  • Bainum Family Foundation
  • Ms. Elizabeth Bausch
  • Mary Black Foundation
  • Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina Foundation
  • The Boston Foundation
  • Bravo Foundation
  • Kristen Lynch Cerullo
  • Charles Schwab Bank
  • The Chicago Community Trust
  • Cisco Systems
  • Edna McConnell Clark Foundation**
  • Community Foundation for the Fox Valley Region
  • 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
  • The Florida Bar Foundation
  • Ford Foundation**
  • Fondation CHANEL
  • The George Foundation
  • Julian Grace 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 and Comfort Innovation Fund
  • Hope for New York
  • Inasmuch Foundation
  • Innovate Foundation
  • The James Irvine Foundation**
  • The JPB Foundation**
  • Katzin Foundation
  • Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation
  • W.K. Kellogg Foundation**
  • Las Vegas – Clark County Library District Foundation
  • Tom LaTour
  • Love Cultivating Assets (donor-advised fund at the San Francisco Foundation)
  • Marin Community Foundation
  • Melville Charitable Trust
  • Merrion Family Foundation
  • NeighborWorks America
  • NEPA Funders Collaborative
  • New Hampshire Charitable Foundation
  • The Nord Family Foundation
  • Oak 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 Private Bank
  • REDF
  • Yucca Rieschel
  • The Robin Hood Foundation
  • The Rockefeller Foundation
  • Rockwell Fund, Inc.
  • Winthrop Rockefeller Foundation
  • Saint Luke’s Foundation
  • San Juan United Way
  • Sand Hill Foundation
  • George H. and Estelle M. Sands Foundation
  • Charles and Lynn Schusterman Family Foundation
  • Helen J. Serini Foundation
  • Silicon Valley Social Venture Fund (SV2)
  • The Simmons Foundation
  • Sobrato Family Foundation
  • Lisa Sobrato Sonsini
  • The Spartanburg County Foundation
  • Stand Together
  • Anna B. Stearns Charitable Foundation
  • Susan Stone
  • Sunlight Giving
  • Moses Taylor Foundation
  • Tipping Point Community
  • Tracy Family Foundation
  • United Way of the Cape Fear Area
  • United Way for Southeastern Michigan
  • Universal Orlando Foundation
  • Paul Walker and Jennifer Wheary
  • Wege Foundation
  • The Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Foundation
  • 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
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*We welcome the participation of all interested funders, including our core and sidecar funders
**This L4G co-funder is also a Fund for Shared Insight core funder.

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