I am a strategist, coach, connector, and community leader. My life’s work is all about maximizing performance toward a common mission and vision. I am passionate about helping philanthropists explore what speaks to their heart and build the strategy and relationships to get there. Additionally, I am a lifelong fan of the nonprofit sector and love using my skills to help nonprofits work more happily and effectively
With the heart of a social worker and the head of a business leader, I have sat on both sides of the aisle as fundraiser and philanthropist. I have been the single employee at a small nonprofit as well as the chief executive for a multi-million dollar foundation.
I work both on an hourly and project basis and am happy to customize my services to best fit the unique needs of your philanthropic or nonprofit effort. Please contact me for more information. I look forward to working with you!
Work Experience & Responsibilities
I have over 15 years of experience in the philanthropy and nonprofit sector, specifically in grant-making, fundraising, marketing, nonprofit management, and strategic planning. As a consultant and advisor, I primarily work with family foundations, corporate foundations, and individual philanthropists on their giving strategies. I have extensive experience as a consultant in supporting foundations with their NextGen engagement strategy, launching new corporate foundations, and refining and evaluating grant-making for individual and family foundations. I also work one-on-one with philanthropists to define and execute their philanthropic legacy strategy. For nonprofits, I provide fundraising strategy, executive coaching and hiring, and board development.
Prior to launching my own consulting firm, I spent four years as the chief executive for two private family foundations launched by Doris Buffett: The Learning by Giving Foundation and Letters Foundation. In 2018, I was honored as one of Boston’s “40 under 40” for expanding Doris’ philanthropy.
While at Learning by Giving, I oversaw a coalition of 40 colleges and universities teaching accredited courses on experiential philanthropy and effective volunteerism to 1,000 students and young adults annually. I envisioned and launched a new open-source online philanthropy education platform & app called LearnGive and the corresponding LearnGive Media, a video & podcast series with prominent philanthropists. Under my leadership, Learning by Giving collaborated with the Boston Red Sox Foundation and Northeastern University’s Social Impact Lab for an inaugural take-over of Fenway Park where we trained 200 volunteers on effective giving and volunteerism and directed over $100,000 to local nonprofits in one day.
Simultaneously, I led the Letters Foundation, a direct philanthropy program started by Warren and Doris Buffett to help families who have experienced a financial crisis get back on their feet. At the Letters Foundation, I oversaw over $10M in grants given directly to individuals and families. The Letters Foundation team created the first-ever community partners program that engaged community-based organizations in grant-making and collaborated with the City of Boston to the launch of the first-in-the-US private funding resource for homeless residents in need of qualified sober living. Under my leadership, the Letters Foundation published Letters to Doris, a book exploring the impact of philanthropy that goes directly to individuals and families. In 2020, I successfully led the Letters Foundation through a planned sunset.
I hold a Masters in Social Work with a concentration in nonprofit management from the University of Pennsylvania, where I graduated summa cum laude and a Bachelors of Social Work from Skidmore College. I currently serve on the board of trustees at the Essex County Community Foundation and the Wellspring House in Gloucester, MA. I am also a volunteer advisory council member to the Manchester/Essex Diversity and Inclusion Council. I was raised in rural Maine and now live on the north shore of Massachusetts with my husband Andy, young daughter Gracie, and the true boss: our spunky dog Scout.