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The success of family philanthropy is largely dependent on the operations and management of the people and processes that underpin the goals and activities of the effort. Giving families often reach an inflection point where they must consider bringing in outside professionals to manage their philanthropy for greater impact; however, it is often challenging to understand the practices that promote success. How do you develop the strategy and systems needed to maximize impact? When does a philanthropic effort require staff and what are the considerations for hiring? And what is necessary to build effective operations and reporting? In this webinar, learn how families have scaled their operations strategically for impact.
About this Series
The monthly Fundamentals of Family Philanthropy webinar series provides guidance on the core tenets of effective family philanthropy—from motivations and values to governance, grantmaking, and succession. The series equips giving families with the latest information on evergreen topics in the donor lifecycle through practical takeaways and diverse family stories that illustrate important practices. Designed for seasoned practitioners and newcomers alike, the series is available to our Friends of the Family and Partner Subscriber organizations.
Alexa Cortes Culwell is the co-founder of Open Impact and a longtime philanthropy advisor, speaker, and facilitator. For the past 25 years she has built and managed foundations and philanthropic initiatives for successful entrepreneurs, including serving as the founding CEO of the Charles and Helen Schwab Foundation. She recently completed a four-year appointment as a visiting practitioner at Stanford University’s Center on Philanthropy and Civil Society. Prior to Open Impact, Alexa founded the strategic advisory firm Philanthropy Futures in 2011. She has served on the Center for Effective Philanthropy’s board for more than a decade and has been a long-standing board member of New Door Ventures. Her work has been cited in Harvard Business Review and Stanford Social Innovation Review. Alexa earned her undergraduate degree from UC Berkeley and a Master of Nonprofit Administration from the University of San Francisco.
Prior to joining GHR Foundation, Kate served as a consultant for the Minnesota Community Foundation, the Saint Paul Foundation, Jay and Rose Phillips Family Foundation, and others. She was a senior manager at the Greater Twin Cities United Way, where she developed and managed community-wide initiatives focused on affordable housing, workforce development, and anti-racism efforts. Seng was the district director for Minnesota’s Congressman Bruce Vento, where she directed the Congressman’s Minnesota efforts. Kate earned a master’s degree in public affairs from the Humphrey Institute at the University of Minnesota and a bachelor’s degree in political science from St. Catherine’s University. Kate serves on the Board of Directors of the Minnesota Council of Foundations (MCF), is Chair of MCF’s Program and Conference Committee, and serves on the Catholic Community Foundation Grants Committee.
Carolyn’s previous experience includes working with multiple family foundations at Pacific Foundation Services, a brief stint at the City and County of San Francisco in the Department of Children, Youth, and their Families, and work as a program officer at the Medina Foundation. She has spent most of her career in the nonprofit space, including working as a clinical social worker in community mental health settings. Carolyn has a MSW from Smith College and a BA in History and Hispanic Studies from Vassar College.