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Philanthropist Karen Ansara of the Ansara Family Fund and New England International Donors walks listeners through a tour of both philanthropic spaces, while explaining why Haiti has such a place in her heart.

 

In late 2008 Karen cofounded New England International Donors (NEID). With her husband, Jim, she makes grants to end global poverty and promote global health primarily in Haiti via the Ansara Family Fund at TBF.  In 2010 Karen cofounded the Haiti Fund with TBF, which made grants in HAITI for five years, and then evolved into the Haiti Development Insitute (HDI.)

A Virtual Tour with Karen Ansara of New England International Donors

She serves on the boards of HDI, MCE Social Capital, and the Millennium Campus Network and is an advisor to the Institute for Justice and Democracy in Haiti, the Irish International Immigrant Center, and Boston University’s Pardee School for Global Studies.

In one of the most in-depth conversations in the series, Nina Blackwell of the Firelight Foundation takes listeners on a tour of not just her philanthropy but of responsible philanthropy, speaking to many issues affecting grassroots and Community Based Organizations (CBO) not often discussed openly by donors.

 

Nina Blackwell is the Executive Director of the Firelight Foundation, donor-enabled philanthropic fund which allows individual and foundation donors to support catalytic community-based organizations in Africa that are working to build smart, sustainable and scalable solutions to the challenges faced by children and youth.

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Through a mix of capital and bespoke mentoring, Firelight helps these community-based organizations realize their own collective visions of safe, strong and nurturing environments where children and youth thrive and can fulfill their potential.

A Virtual Tour with Nina Blackwell of Firelight Foundation

A Virtual Tour with Julie Broome of the Ariadne Network

Director of Ariade Network Julie Broome takes us on a virtual tour of philanthropic affinity groups and what nonprofits need to know before trying to engage such institutions.

 

Julie Broome is director of Ariadne, a network of European funders supporting human rights and social change.  Ariadne has over 550 members representing around 170 foundations across 23 countries.  Julie came to Ariadne in 2016 having spent over 15 years working in the fields of human rights and philanthropy, including as Director of Programmes for the Sigrid Rausing Trust. 

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A Virtual Tour with Ken Goody of DHR Foundation

Foundation Executive of the Dorothea Haus Ross Foundation Ken Goody takes his turn walking us through the process of finding grantees, while also discussing the power of collaboration and how to best represent your nonprofit to a donor who may not be in a position to fund. We also discuss how to position the importance of disability rights into a donor's portfolio.

 

Ken Goody has over 25 years of experience with private and family foundations, financial and nonprofit institutions with activities including grantmaking and philanthropy and strategic development.

Goody has developed and directs a grantmaking program to fulfill the Dorothea Haus Ross Foundation’s broad mission to aid vulnerable children throughout the world.  The Ross program funds organizations that work to ensure that the basic needs and rights of disabled, trafficked and exploited, and refugee and displaced children are met and strengthened, with a current emphasis on programs that promote inclusion, de-institutionalization and community-based care models, trafficking prevention, youth education and empowerment and adolescent life skills.

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A Virtual Tour with Susan Treadwell of Open Society

Deputy Director of the Open Society Initiative for Europe, Susan Treadwell walks us through the necessary steps it takes to get noticed and funded by her foundation. Treadwell also offers insight into active fundraising and contacting potential donors.

 

Susan Treadwell is the Deputy Director of the Open Society Initiative for Europe, where she oversees the foundation’s grant making activities in the European Union. She joined the Open Society Foundations in 2003 and managed the Human Rights and Governance Grants Program’s funding in Southeast Europe and the Western Balkans, which consisted predominantly of institutional

support to human rights and anti-corruption watchdog NGOs using advocacy and strategic litigation to promote systemic reform. In addition to fundamental rights concerns, Treadwell’s substantive focus is on freedom of information and accountable governance.

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The Executive Director of With and For Girls walk us through the power and limitations of one time award grants, as well as how to go about applying for them. We also discuss the false perceptions, as well as the benefits of supporting girl-led initiatives.

 

Swatee is the Director of With and For Girls Collective a unique donor collective focused on increasing resources to adolescent girls around the world. Swatee was previously Director of Stars Foundation, a private philanthropic Foundation focused on funding grassroots organisations working with children and young people around the world, founded by an entrepreneurial philanthropist.

With and for Girls recognises girl-led and girl-centered organisations around the world by awarding them with flexible funding, raising the profile of their work, amplify their voices, and support them to improve their capacity and access further funding and opportunities for collaboration. Girls from their network have final decision-making power on which organisations receive funding. They hold the knowledge of how organisations and movements work and are at the heart of communities around the world and know how best to support the advancement of girls in the face of extremely challenging circumstances and pervasive discrimination. Participation is a right and we want our work to reflect it.

A Virtual Tour with Swatee Deepak of With and For Girls

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