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BAHFG Speaker Series: Strategic Partnerships to Move the Mission, a conversation with Ambassador Sally Cowal

Thursday, December 8, 2016 -
9:00am to 10:30am PST
Northern California Grantmakers
160 Spear Street, Suite 360, San Francisco, CA 94105
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This program is cancelled. 


Join Ambassador Sally Cowal of the American Cancer Society for breakfast! 

The American Cancer Society is a global grassroots force of more than three million volunteers saving lives and fighting for every birthday threatened by every cancer in every community. Sally will provide insight on the Society’s journey of forming conducive partnerships with Ministries of Government and the World Health Organization and how these relationships moved their mission forward in low and middle income countries.

About the Bay Area Health Funders Group (BAHFG)

Bay Area Health Funders Group gathers in common cause toward the well-being of our communities. Funders from a spectrum of interest areas identify shared concerns and areas where they can support each other’s priorities.

Network members fund critical health issues such as access and equity and also welcome partners making investments to help build healthy communities more broadly, including nutritious foods, early childhood education, family services and environmental health. 

Speaker Bios 

Ambassador Sally G. Cowal is Senior Vice President, Global Cancer Control, at the American Cancer Society. She leads the Society’s efforts to reduce the global burden of cancer primarily through advocacy for effective tobacco control measures; improvement of access to cancer screening, treatment and pain relief; and collaborations with other cancer control organizations, advocates, and governments.

She served as the U.S. Ambassador to Trinidad and Tobago and as U.S. Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Latin America and the Caribbean. She was the founding Director for External Relations at the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS, the CEO of two non-profit foundations, and the Chief Liaison Officer for Population Services International (PSI). She serves on several academic and foundation boards and is a Member of the Council on Foreign Relations.

Ann Dickson is the Director of Major Gifts, for the American Cancer Society Philanthropy Unit at the Global Headquarters in Atlanta. In her role, Ann oversees the region of San Francisco Bay Area. She is responsible for leadership gifts, working with individuals and foundations in support of the Society’s research, mission programs and global work.

Prior to joining the American Cancer Society, Ann served as the Executive Director of the Sausalito Art Festival Foundation. In her role, she managed the annual three-day Sausalito Art Festival, and served as the principal officer of the parent non-profit Foundation, which owns and operates the Festival and awards both grants to community organizations and scholarships to promising student artists.

Prior to the Sausalito Art Festival, she served as the Director of Marketing and Communications at the Oakland Museum of California. As part of the museum’s leadership team, Ann assisted in the development and implementation of a successful $59 million capital campaign, and was instrumental in the success of the museum’s renovation and re-branding. Ann also closed sponsorship deals with national corporate and media leaders such as Southwest Airlines, Wells Fargo, Clorox, Gap Foundation, Target, the MetLife Foundation and PG&E.

Ann has been a volunteer advisor for grants and scholarships, including the Super Bowl Host Committee 50 Fund grant program, the San Francisco Arts Commission, and the City of Oakland Cultural Funding grant program.

Target Audience

This program is open to NCG members and non-member funders. If you are not a member of NCG, please register by emailing