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Being the Change: Foundations Transforming for Greater Impact

Tuesday, June 26, 2018 -
9:30am to 12:00pm PDT
Northern California Grantmakers
160 Spear St., Suite 360 | San Francisco, CA 94105
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Today, many foundations are re-examining the role they can play in addressing societies more challenging problems. As foundations embrace ever more ambitious and complex approaches for creating social change, they are taking an intentional approach to rethinking their own makeup to achieve the greatest impact. They recognize that you can’t make change “out there” if you don’t make change “in here.” Foundations are experimenting with new practices and sharing what they are learning in order to create dialogue about emerging ideas and effective practice.

In this session we will share examples of new approaches some foundations are using across four areas of practice - staffing philosophy, structure and design, skill development, and supportive culture - to foster greater connectivity, vibrancy, and engagement both internally and externally, ultimately opening up new avenues for impact.

This session will build on research conducted by FSG with the support of six funders. It will include distilled themes from conversations with 114 leaders and staff from 50 funders and 8 philanthropic services organizations. In addition, this session will provide time to connect with other local foundation staff to discuss lessons learned and challenges in adapting approaches to staffing. Check out Being the Change for a sneak peek of the research findings. 

Join Us To:

  • Learn about how peer foundations rethinking their goals for creating social change, and the role that the foundation and its staff members play in achieving those goals
  • Hear examples of peer foundations who have transformed staff size, structures, skill development and cultures to support their strategie
  • Interact with and explore these ideas with your colleagues and peers


  • 9:30 am - 10:00 am:  Breakfast and Networking
  • 10:00 am - 12:00 noon: Presentation and Discussion

Target Audience

Leadership and staff private, corporate, community, public and family foundations. This program is open to all NCG members and other non-member funders. If you're a member of NCG, please log in and click the "Register Now" link above to register.  If this is your first time to the website, set your password. If you are non-member funder, please email NCG Registrar to register for event.


Kara Carter is senior vice president of strategy and programs at the California Health Care Foundation, where she leads strategic and operational activities. In this role, she develops strategies, provides overall guidance, and leads the program teams in the development, execution, and assessment of specific plans to achieve CHCF’s goals.

Prior to joining CHCF, Kara was a partner at McKinsey & Company’s San Francisco office, where she helped public sector health and social service systems in the UK, the US, and globally to improve quality of care while ensuring affordability and broad access. She has worked with payers, providers, government agencies, and physician organizations to design value-based payment programs, new care-delivery models, and a broad range of innovative interventions aimed at improving health and care for low-income individuals and families. Before joining McKinsey, Kara worked for UK-based philanthropic institutions on a broad range of topics related to poverty and community action. Kara received a bachelor’s degree from the University of Virginia, a master’s in social anthropology from the London School of Economics and Political Science, and a master’s in business administration from the London Business School.

Jean McCall is the director of human resources at The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, a non-partisan, private foundation in Menlo Park, California. Jean partners with senior leadership and staff to sustain a culture of respect, openness, and ongoing learning in support of the foundation’s commitment to advancing ideas and supporting institutions to promote a better world. Jean often collaborates with other colleagues in philanthropy to strengthen the sector’s capacity to attract and engage talent. 

Before joining the Hewlett Foundation in 2005, Jean was Vice President and Director of Human Resources at Parsons Brinckerhoff, a global consulting engineering firm. There she provided management consulting and HR oversight for the firm’s U.S. infrastructure company in more than 80 offices throughout the country. She received a BA in History and French from the University of Montana.

Session Leader: Abigail Stevenson is an Associate Director in FSG's San Francisco office with ten years of work experience in the healthcare and consulting fields. She focuses on strategic approaches to addressing complex population health challenges. She has worked with a number of leading health foundations and hospitals systems, including the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Methodist Healthcare Ministries, The California Health Care Foundation, Children's Medical Center in Dallas and Kaiser Permanente. She has also helped build collective impact efforts to address childhood obesity, diabetes, and childhood asthma. Abi holds a joint MBA and MPH from UC Berkeley and a BA from Dartmouth College.

Prior to joining FSG, Abi worked in a variety of consultative and analytical roles improving health care delivery. Abi graduated with honors from the joint MBA and MPH program at UC Berkeley. She earned a BA, magna cum laude, in Economics from Dartmouth College and was a Fulbright Scholar in Mexico.