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 their decisions are informed by the insights of nonprofits and the people and communities most harmed by the systems and structures philanthropy is seeking to change.

Core Funders

Core funders commit a minimum of $250,000/year for a general project support grant for three years. They 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

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
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 director of Hewlett’s Effective Philanthropy Group, Jehan leads a team that makes grants to strengthen nonprofits and the philanthropic sector and provides internal guidance across the foundation’s programs on supporting grantee capacity and developing, implementing, and evaluating grant strategies. Jehan has more than 25 years of experience in strategy consulting and organizational capacity-building, including in previous posts at Blue Meridian Partners, The Bridgespan Group, Mercer Management Consulting, and Catholic Relief Services.

William and Flora Hewlett 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
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
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
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
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
Jennifer Chavez Rubio

Jennifer is an interim senior program officer at the Gates Foundation. Previously, she led global and domestic corporate philanthropy and volunteerism for multinational corporations, including Lockheed Martin, Medtronic, and Genentech. Jennifer served as a political appointee as part of President Obama’s administration. As director of gifts and grants management at the Peace Corps, she led strategic partnership efforts and directed grantmaking programs to support volunteer projects, including First Lady Michelle Obama’s Let Girls Learn initiative to support girls’ education. Prior to the Peace Corps, she worked at the Silicon Valley Community Foundation and the San Francisco Foundation. Jennifer started her career as a bilingual public school teacher.

Bill & Melinda Gates 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
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
Rachel Huguet

As Hilton’s strategic partnerships officer, Rachel manages the development and implementation of a partnerships strategy that goes beyond financial grantmaking, building and leveraging the work of the foundation to help catalyze and accelerate its goals through high-impact relationships. In her previous role as a program associate, Rachel supported the international program team’s work in disaster relief and recovery, as well as avoidable blindness. Prior to joining Hilton, Rachel worked on water, sanitation, and hygiene at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. She has also spent time as a consultant for the National Park Service, a social innovation associate at Mercy Corps, and a rural community development volunteer for Peace Corps, Costa Rica.

Conrad N. Hilton Foundation
Rory Neuner

Rory joined Barr in 2020, where she serves as a learning officer, working on the Learning and Evaluation team to support efforts to measure impact and support ongoing learning. Rory is also a program officer on Barr’s Sector Effectiveness team, managing a portfolio that aims to strengthen the nonprofit and philanthropic infrastructure in Massachusetts.

Prior to joining Barr, Rory served as evaluation officer at the Michigan Health Endowment Fund, where she developed capacity-building programming to strengthen evaluation and learning practices and advance equitable evaluation across the fund’s ecosystem of grantees and consultants. Before her work in philanthropy, Rory was an evaluation and public policy consultant, working across sectors on transportation, mobility justice, environmental, and health policy issues.

Barr Foundation
Shaheen Kassim-Lakha

As director of the Hilton Foundation’s strategic partnerships, Shaheen leads the development and implementation of external engagements, including collaborations with peer funders and local, national, and international partners, to unlock resources and shift policies that enable the foundation to multiply its impact. In her previous role as director of international programs, Shaheen oversaw efforts including those around safe water access, children in communities affected by HIV and AIDS, and disaster relief and recovery. She also led grant programs related to global capacity-building, monitoring, evaluation, and learning. Prior to joining the Hilton Foundation, Shaheen was a senior program officer at the UniHealth Foundation and had experience working and consulting in hospital administration, health services, health policy, policy research, public health, and program evaluation in the United States and abroad.

Conrad N. Hilton 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
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

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 typically provide $100,000/year for three years for general operating support or project/geography specific work. We invite sidecar funders to our core funder dinners and special events, and sidecar funder representatives participate in subcommittees (e.g., equity, diversity, inclusion committee; advocacy/policy committee; international committee) as part of our learning community. However, sidecar funders are not part of the governance structure of the funder collaborative.

Listen4Good Sponsors

Listen4Good is Fund for Shared Insight’s signature national feedback initiative designed to promote equity-driven listening across the social sector. Listen4Good provides organizations the tools, resources, and coaching they need to implement high-quality, client focused feedback loops that lead to positive changes in decision-making and service-delivery. Core funders, sidecar funds, and other interested funders are invited to participate in Listen4Good by sponsoring organizations’ participation in Listen4Good Online+ ($1,000) or Listen4Good Premium ($6,000), and by sharing learnings with grantees around connecting more meaningfully with each other and the people and communities most impacted by their work. We also encourage funders to provide capacity-building grants, as needed.

The following are funders that have supported nonprofits’ participation in Listen4Good through past co-funded grant rounds or as sponsors underwriting the cost of L4G Online+ or L4G Premium.

  • Anna B. Stearns Charitable Foundation
  • Arsht-Cannon Fund (endowed fund of the Delaware Community Foundation)
  • Assisi Foundation of Memphis
  • Bainum Family Foundation
  • Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina Foundation
  • Blue Meridian Partners
  • Bravo Foundation
  • Charles and Lynn Schusterman Family Foundation
  • Charles Schwab Bank
  • Cisco Systems
  • 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
  • David and Lucile Packard Foundation**
  • Deaconess Foundation
  • Edna McConnell Clark Foundation**
  • Endowment for Health
  • Episcopal Health Foundation
  • Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation
  • Five Individuals affiliated with World Relief Seattle
  • Fondation CHANEL
  • Ford Foundation**
  • George H. and Estelle M. Sands Foundation
  • GreenLight Fund of the Bay Area
  • Harland Charitable Foundation
  • Hartford Foundation for Public Giving
  • Hawai’i Community Foundation
  • Health Foundation for Western and Central New York
  • Heising-Simons Foundation
  • Helen J. Serini Foundation
  • Hope and Comfort Innovation Fund
  • Hope for New York
  • Inasmuch Foundation
  • Innovate Foundation
  • Innovation Performance Commission
  • Jessie Ball duPont Fund
  • Julian Grace Foundation
  • Katzin Foundation
  • Kristen Lynch Cerullo
  • Las Vegas – Clark County Library District Foundation
  • Laureus Sport for Good
  • Lisa Sobrato Sonsini
  • Love Cultivating Assets (donor-advised fund at the San Francisco Foundation)
  • MacArthur Foundation*
  • Marin Community Foundation
  • Mary Black Foundation
  • Mary Winter
  • Melville Charitable Trust
  • Merrion Family Foundation
  • Moses Taylor Foundation
  • Ms. Elizabeth Bausch
  • NeighborWorks America
  • NEPA Funders Collaborative
  • New Hampshire Charitable Foundation
  • Oak Foundation
  • Obama Foundation
  • Ohio Capital Corporation for Housing
  • Oregon Community Foundation
  • Overdeck Family Foundation
  • Paul Walker and Jennifer Wheary
  • Petaluma Health Center
  • Plough Foundation
  • REDF
  • Results for America
  • Rieschel Foundation
  • Rita Allen Foundation
  • Robin Hood
  • Rockwell Fund, Inc.
  • Saint Luke’s Foundation
  • San Juan United Way
  • Sand Hill Foundation
  • Scattergood Foundation
  • Silicon Valley Social Venture Fund (SV2)
  • Sobrato Philanthropies
  • Sparkjoy Foundation
  • Stand Together
  • Sunlight Giving
  • Susan Stone
  • The Assisi Foundation of Memphis
  • The Boston Foundation
  • The Chicago Community Trust
  • The Florida Bar Foundation
  • The George Foundation
  • The Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Foundation
  • The James Irvine Foundation**
  • The John P. McGovern Academy of Oslerian Medicine
  • The JPB Foundation**
  • The Nelson Foundation
  • The Nord Family Foundation
  • The Osprey Foundation
  • The Private Bank
  • The Robin Hood Foundation
  • The Rockefeller Foundation
  • The Simmons Foundation
  • The Spartanburg County Foundation
  • The Whitman Institute
  • Tipping Point Community
  • Tom LaTour
  • Tommy and Lauren Young Fund, via Hope Christian Community Foundation
  • Tracy Family Foundation
  • United Way for Southeastern Michigan
  • United Way of the Cape Fear Area
  • Universal Orlando Foundation
  • Virginia G. Piper Charitable Trust
  • W.K. Kellogg Foundation**
  • Walter and Elise Haas Fund
  • Wege Foundation
  • Weingart Foundation
  • Wellington Management Foundation
  • William and Flora Hewlett Foundation**
  • Winthrop Rockefeller Foundation
  • Wishcamper Family Foundation
  • York Solutions’ Think IT Association
  • Younger Family Foundation
  • Yucca Rieschel
  • Zellerbach Family Foundation

**This L4G sponsor is also a Fund for Shared Insight core funder.

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