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The Ladies are Back in Town, but Most Never Left

Monday, September 21, 2015

Almost 200 years ago, Biddy Mason herded cattle and midwifed babies walking west from Mississippi, where she petitioned for her freedom, built her savings, and became one of the first black women land owners in Los Angeles. Savvy in real estate, she also built a philanthropic practice giving to her church and the community while visiting people in jail. Biddy’s legacy echoes in the winners of today’s Top Women in Philanthropy & Civic Engagement lineup. Shown below are all the women honored, including many NCG members, partners and collaborators, some of whom are repeating their reign on the prestigious list. 

Whether writing a book, giving a speech at a philanthropy forum, sitting down for a national radio or television interview, connecting with people through social media outlets or sharing their philanthropic story with investors, employees, grantees or volunteers, these Top 20 Women Executives, Thinkers and Experts are some of the philanthropic sector’s most influential leaders.

Although they are highly visible and have built national (even international) platforms, these women were selected for their philanthropic impact through the art of collaboration and their ability to facilitate, to the highest degree, the free flow of information and innovation across sector networks to advance social change.

  1. Kathleen McLaughlin, President, Walmart Foundation & SVP, Walmart Sustainability
  2. Sue Desmond Hellmann, President, Gates Foundation
  3. Oprah Winfrey, Founder, Oprah Angel Network
  4. Melissa Berman, CEO and President, Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors
  5. Diana Aviv, CEO and President, Independent Sector
  6. Bette Midler, Singer, Actress and Humanitarian
  7. Risa Lavizzo-Mourey, CEO and President, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
  8. Marissa Manlove, Board Chair, Forum of Regional Associations of Grantmakers
  9. Wendy Guillies, President, Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation
  10. Laura Arrillaga-Andreessen, Founder, Giving 2.0
  11. Anna Cunningham, Senior Manager, Global Responsibility, Starbucks Coffee Company
  12. Carol Larson, CEO and President, The David & Lucile Packard Foundation
  13. Jane Wales, President, Global Philanthropy Forum
  14. Vikki Spruill, CEO and President, Council on Foundations
  15. Hilary Pennington, Vice President, Ford Foundation
  16. Mari Ellen Reynolds Loijens, Chief Business, Development & Brand Officer, Silicon Valley Community Foundation
  17. Carol Coletta, Vice President, Community & National Initiatives, Knight Foundation
  18. Janine Lee, President, Southeastern Council of Foundations
  19. Trista Harris, President, Minnesota Council on Foundations
  20. Lisa Philp, Vice President, Strategic Philanthropy, Foundation Center


 Join us in congratulating and continuing to support women in our field.