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 Thank you Northeast!!

Our Northeast regional gathering in New York City on June 14 was a pre-conference to the Johnson Center National Summit on Family Philanthropy.

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Thanks to the generosity of our sponsors, we were able to grant to the following local nonprofits.   Youth selected the following grantees and amounts.  Thank you to all of our wonderful grant applicants.

Thank you to our generous sponsors for their support!

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Speaker Biographies

Jen Bokoff, Director of Grantcraft, The Foundation Center

Jen Bokoff is the director of GrantCraft at Foundation Center in New York, where she develops resources for and facilitates sharing in the philanthropy sector. She also teaches professional development classes at the Brooklyn Brainery. Previously, she worked as program officer for the Laurie M. Tisch Illumination Fund, a client advocate at LIFT, and a paralegal specialist at the Internal Revenue Service Office of Chief Counsel. She serves on the advisory boards of the Street Vendor Project, The Moth’s education programs, and James Beard Foundation Conference, and is also an active board member of both the Tufts University Alumni Council and Young Friends of Tufts Advancement. In her spare time, Jen is a storyteller, blogger, amateur comedic improviser, and second base woman on the Foundation Center’s softball team.

Claire Britton, Student, Convent of the Sacred Heart

Claire is a rising senior at the Convent of the Sacred Heart in New York City. She has been an active member of her school’s community service program throughout high school. Claire reviews grant applications & distributes grants through their student run philanthropic committee, which oversees an endowment of $65,000. She also organizes the school’s blood drives and spends time volunteering at Street Squash, where she teaches the sport of squash to inner city children.

D’Angelo Cameron, Alumnus of Youthadelphia, A Program of the Philadelphia Foundation

A current senior at La Salle University in Philadelphia, D’Angelo Cameron is a former member of the 2011 YOUTHadelphia board. He sits as the Youth Ambassador for Philadelphia Black Pride and is an active leader in HIV/AIDS education and prevention in the city. Last year, Cameron was the featured youth speaker for AIDS Walk Philly, and a recipient of both the annual youth scholarship from Philadelphia Black Pride and the James A. Finnegan fellowship for public service from La Salle University. Cameron is currently working to create more educational programing about Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis, also known as PrEP, for young MSM (men who have sex with men) of color.

Kayaira Doughty, Alumnus of Youthadelphia, A Program of the Philadelphia Foundation

Keyaira Doughty is a 19-year-old Nursing student at La Salle University. She became interested in nursing when trying to discover a career where she could care for people and change the lives of individuals in a hands-on way. This led her to join Youthadelphia during her junior year of high school. Her favorite part of Youthadelphia is a small activity they do at the end of each meeting where they sat in front of the whole group and told their life stories. This allowed her learn not only about the other group members but herself too. Youthadelphia has allowed her to understand that in order to help others, you must first know yourself.

Sabrina Evans-Ellis, Executive Director, Youth Development Institute.

Sabrina is a youth development and organizational development specialist who has provided technical assistance to nonprofit agencies for the past 18 years. Her experience in the youth development field includes direct service, program administration, leadership and management training, strategic planning and fund development. Sabrina rejoined YDI in 2012, 10 years after serving as YDI’s Director of Beacons Technical Assistance. Sabrina’s previous positions also include: Senior Consultant at the Community Resource Exchange; Director of Out-of-School-Time Professional Development at Ramapo for Children; Deputy Director of Youth and Education Services for the St. Nick’s Alliance; and faculty member of The Institute for Non Profit Management of Columbia University School of Business.

Emerging Practitioners in Philanthropy

EPIP’s mission is to develop emerging leaders committed to building a just, equitable, and sustainable society. EPIP exists to ensure that emerging foundation professionals are effective stewards of philanthropic resources and all social entrepreneurs reach their potential as leaders.

Sara Finkelstein, Analyst, 21/64

Sara is 21/64’s Analyst, specializing in market research, communication strategy and operations, in addition to her role as in-house Millennial. Using her own Gen Y perspective and scouring the net for fresh and interesting research, Sara drives the organization’s content on Generation Y, the emergent Generation Z and all generational trends to support 21/64’s work engaging next gen and multigenerational families in philanthropy and family enterprise.

Sara uses her expertise to inform her work on developing and marketing 21/64’s tools, which helps facilitate important conversations about values, legacy, money and self-discovery, so that individuals and families can maximize their emotional, intellectual, philanthropic and financial returns on investment. She oversees the logistical and customer service aspects of coordinating meetings and events, disseminating materials, program recruitment and tool sales.

Prior to joining the 21/64 Team, Sara interned at the Clinton Foundation’s Development Department and New York City’s Office of Citywide Procurement. She received her Master’s of Public Affairs from the School of Public and Environmental Affairs at Indiana University and her Bachelor’s in History from McGill University. Sara currently lives and works in New York City with her Kindle.

Jason Franklin, W.K. Kellogg Community Philanthropy Chair, Johnson Center for Philanthropy

Jason first got involved in social change work when he founded Oregon Students Supporting Education in high school and then launched the Multnomah County Youth Commission. Convinced he’d spend his life as an activist, he studied politics in DC and worked in the Clinton Administration on AIDS policy and then spent a decade working in education and cultural policy. His life took a turn into the philanthropic world after unexpectedly discovering his family had a small family foundation when he was 22 years old. While his activism continued, his attention increasingly turned towards philanthropy and donor organizing until today his professional, academic and volunteer time are all connected to leveraging philanthropic resources for social change.

Professionally, he holds the W.K. Kellogg Community Philanthropy Chair at the Johnson Center for Philanthropy, the nation’s first endowed chair focused on community philanthropy. Prior to his appointment as the Kellogg Chair, he served as Executive Director of Bolder Giving, which he led through five years of major growth after Melinda Gates credited them as an inspiration for the billionaire Giving Pledge, and as an award-winning adjunct professor at New York University’s Wagner School of Public Service. Jason also serves on the boards of the Proteus Fund, Solidaire Donor Network, and 21st Century School Fund; advisory boards of the Chartered Advisors in Philanthropy Program, WiserGiving, and Credit Suisse’s LGBT Equality Portfolio; and is a member of Funding Queerly, the Threshold Foundation, and the High Impact Documentary Funding Circle.

Jill Gordon, Program Director, Youth Philanthropy Initiative of Indiana (YPII)

Jill Gordon has served as the Program Director and primary contact for the Youth Philanthropy Initiative of Indiana (YPII) since August, 2011. Locally based in Indianapolis, Indiana and nationally connected, YPII is a signature program of the Indiana Philanthropy Alliance. The mission of this unique statewide collaborative is to grow lifelong philanthropist who share of their time, talent, and treasure for the common good. YPII encourages foundations and youth-serving organizations to engage youth in four pillars of philanthropy: serving, giving, leading, and engaging within their communities. As Program Director, Jill oversees YPII’s role in providing trainings, resources, technical assistance and best practices to nonprofits and foundations promoting and supporting youth philanthropy efforts. Jill brings 15 years of experience in the nonprofit arena, with a strong focus on program and curriculum development, training and evaluation, grant writing, and nonprofit management.

Annie Hernandez, Executive Director, Frieda C. Fox Family Foundation and Youth Philanthropy Connect

Annie Hernandez, Ph.D. joined the staff of the Frieda C. Fox Family Foundation in November 2012 to lead its special project, Youth Philanthropy Connect, which connects youth ages 8-21 involved in philanthropy through their families or a foundation with their peers, and provides educations programs that advance youth involvement in philanthropy and the professional skills of the next generation of philanthropic leaders. Annie continues to lead this effort as well as serves as the Executive Director for the Los Angeles based foundation.

Previously, Annie led the next generation efforts and developed the Good Works Connect network of nonprofits in downstate Illinois for The Lumpkin Family Foundation. Annie is committed to capacity building for the sector. Her other experience includes service in a variety of roles in public and nonprofit organizations, including a management support organization, the State of Indiana’s Rural Affairs, the J.W. Fanning Institute for Leadership at the University of Georgia where she was faculty with the Community Leadership Association, and Fiesta Indianapolis, Inc. where she was its first Executive Director.

Annie serves on the national board for Learning to Give as well as a number of family philanthropy-related committees. She received the inaugural Young and Emerging Capacity Builder Award from the Alliance for Nonprofit Management, and was Indiana’s delegate to their Nonprofit Congress. Along with being a 21/64 trainer, Annie earned her MS in Agricultural, Environmental Communication and Education at the University of Illinois, and her BS from Texas A&M University. She recently completed her Ph.D. in Leadership and Change from Antioch University with her dissertation focused on effective networked nonprofits.

A Texas native, Annie now lives in Goleta, California, with her partner, George, and their Australian Shepherd, Ellie. You can find her on the beach or hiking in the sunshine or online at @anniehernandez or on linkedin.com/in/anniehernandez1/

Sammie Holzwarth, Product Implementation Engineer, Foundant Technologies

Sammie Holzwarth has been with Foundant for three years. Starting as an intern, she moved to the Client Success Manager (CSM) role after college. She has loved building relationships with clients, hearing about all of the great things the different foundations are doing, and the changing work from one client to another.

After implementing more than 100 clients in Foundant GLM, Sammie has taken her product expertise to the sales side of the company. She supports the sales team, keeping them up to date on new functionality in GLM, as well as doing the “heavy lifting” during the more technical demos. The Foundant sales team knows the product, but Sammie is able to bring her day-to-day experience from more than two years of client training to the table.

Daniel Horgan, Founder and CEO, D.G. Horgan Group

Daniel has over 17 years of experience working in nonprofit management, youth development, corporate philanthropy, employee engagement and organizational capacity building.  He launched the local America’s Promise affiliate in Pittsburgh as the country’s first youth-led initiative, served on the national board of directors for 7 years, and was recognized by Retired General Colin Powell and former President Bush for his leadership.  Daniel led the turnaround operation of Pittsburgh Cares, the HandsOn / Points of Light affiliate in Pittsburgh prior to transitioning to Sr. Director of Community Affairs at Capital One where he managed a national portfolio of corporate philanthropy and employee engagement initiatives.  Prior to recently starting his own consulting business, Daniel served as the Executive Director of generationOn, the youth division of Points of Light.  Through the years, Daniel has served on the boards of the Greater Pittsburgh Nonprofit Partnership, the Mentoring Partnership of SWPA, City Year DC, and the Community Foundation of the National Capital Area.  Daniel is the author of Tell Me I Can’t…and I Will.

Mark Larimer, Co-Founder and Vice President of Marketing & Client Services, Foundant Technologies

Mark is a Co-Founder of Foundant Technologies acting as the Vice President of Marketing & Client Services. He has worked in the high tech field his entire career as a sales, marketing and operations professional. Mark helped grow his last company RightNow Technologies by opening most of their global sales offices in Europe and Australia and lived abroad for two years. He left RightNow Technologies in 2002 to pursue time with his family and in 2005 helped found Foundant Technologies. Foundant provides the online grant management system used by many of the partner foundations of the Youth Philanthropy Connect project. Foundant has supported Youth Philanthropy Connect since its inception and has returned this year with a generous sponsorship to support the YPC Giving Circle.

Michal Levine, Program Associate, Areyvut

Michal Levine is a Program Associate at Areyvut. She has worked in both formal and informal Jewish education with people of all denominations and backgrounds for almost 15 years. Michal attended Boston University and Bank Street College of Education, where she studied toward her Master’s in Museum Education. She worked at The Jewish Museum in New York, partnering with Jewish schools. Prior to joining Areyvut, Michal spent 6 years teaching in both Day and Hebrew schools. Michal is active in her local branch of Amit and is involved in Sharsheret’s Pies for Prevention Thanksgiving Bake Sale.

Sarah A. Maine, Director of Product Development, Independent Means

Sarah Maine is the Director of Product Development for Independent Means. Sarah also works directly with client families, training teens and young adults, and has been co-director of IMI’s summer programs Camp Start-Up and Fashion & Finance since 2013. Before coming to IMI, Sarah spent ten years in the fast paced environment of film production in New York City. She worked on feature films by Woody Allen and Spike Lee, and on Dick Wolf’s iconic TV show Law & Order. In 2008, Sarah enrolled in an MBA program to pursue a degree in business. Upon finishing graduate school, she worked as a buyer and manager for Saxelby Cheesemongers, a New York based distributor of American farmstead cheeses, and as a business plan consultant for Nutshell Projects, a small farm and food consultancy in Brooklyn, NY. Sarah is a lover of ideas, especially ones that make the world a better place, and does her best to share them through her life, art and work. She followed up a childhood spread across Indonesia, Sri Lanka, and Italy by making her home in gloriously global New York City. Sarah holds a BA from Wesleyan University, and an MBA in Organizational & Environmental Sustainability from Antioch University New England. Independent Means is an experiential financial education company focused on preparing the next generation for the responsibilities of wealth.

Katrina D. Mitchell, Program Officer, Andrus Family Fund

Katrina has dedicated her life to supporting children, youth and their families, serving as a non-profit leader, trainer and mentor. Before joining AFF, Katrina served as Interim Vice President of Education at United Way of Greater Atlanta. She led the development and implementation of regional strategies that were designed to drive sustainable change in improving the outcomes for children and youth. She also provided oversight for United Way’s funding allocations of more than 7 million dollars in grants to over 55 agencies and community partners serving children and youth in metropolitan Atlanta and managed key statewide and national partnerships. Prior to her role at United Way, she worked with Literacy, Inc. (LINC) and the National Urban League. Katrina is a graduate of the Annie E. Casey Foundation’s Atlanta Leaders for Results program and was selected as a 2015 Fellow in the Association of Black Foundation Executive’s Connecting Leaders Fellowship Program. Katrina holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Wellesley College and a Masters of Education degree from the Harvard University Graduate School of Education.

Michael Moody, Frey Foundation Chair for Family Foundations and Philanthropy, the Johnson Center for Philanthropy

Michael Moody is the Frey Foundation Chair for Family Foundations and Philanthropy at the Johnson Center for Philanthropy. As Frey Chair, he works with a network of national advisors and partners to implement a comprehensive program of applied research, teaching, professional development, and public service, all designed to advance and promote the field of family philanthropy. He teaches nonprofit management and philanthropy courses for SPNHA.

Khayriyyah Muhammad Smith, Program Fellow, Youth Philanthropy Connect

Khayriyyah is a Program Fellow with Youth Philanthropy Connect.  She began her philanthropic journey as a member of the Grand Rapid Community Foundation’s Youth Grant Committee for four years and as a Youth Trustee on the foundation’s Board of Trustees. She has also just finished her three-year term as a member of Michigan Community Foundation’s Youth Project where she helped plan and facilitate a statewide conference for other youth philanthropists. Khayriyyah is a Junior at Oakland University majoring in International Relations and French.

Kelly Nowlin, Executive Director of Advancement, Hopkinton CC Charitable Foundation, Board of Trustees, Chair of the Andrus Family Program, Surdna Foundation, Inc.

Kelly Nowlin is a Partner and COO of Pollen-8.com, an online startup that brings marketers and reviewers together to sample and review the latest products and services through blogs and a variety of social media channels. Prior to Pollen-8, Kelly successfully launched one of the first iPhone applications, NameCatcher. A tool to help users remember people’s names in both lifestyle and business settings, NameCatcher was acquired last year by a mobile marketing company in Los Angeles and continues to be sold in the iTunes app store.

Between 1987 and 2001, Kelly worked in marketing management roles at CBS and Entercom Radio; Fidelity-owned Community Newspaper Company; a media buying agency and formalized philanthropy. Kelly’s skills and expertise include: social media, online marketing, brand development, public relations, web development and event management. Kelly has worked extensively with various non-profit organizations during her career, building partnerships and campaigns to generate awareness and support for their causes.

Kelly served as one of the founding board members of the Andrus Family Fund (AFF). She was involved in developing all aspects of the fund, including program areas, governance, bylaws, mission statement and committees. Kelly served as Vice Chair, then Chair, for 4 years of her 7-year term. Kelly joined the board of the Surdna Foundation in 2010. She currently serves as the Chair of the Family Involvement Committee, and sits on the Board Development Committee. In 2013, she joined the Strong Local Economies Committee, after having served on the Sustainable Environments Committee. An honors graduate from Boston College in 1989, Kelly lives in Hopkinton, MA with her husband, Chuck; two children, Haley and Jack; and a number of well-loved pets. She enjoys golf, yoga, photography, hiking, music, art, travel and spending time with family and friends.

Alison Pakradooni, Andrus Family Fund

My name is Alison Pakradooni. I recently finished my first year as a student at Temple University studying Undergraduate Kinesiology, in hopes to attend grad school to become a Physician’s Assistant. I spent majority of my time at school being an active member in my sorority, Alpha Epsilon Phi. I hold the position of Community service chair, so besides regular events within the sorority, I am in charge of community outreach for our chapter. My involvement in philanthropy is through the BETs program with the Andrus Family Fund and my experience has thrilled me to become more involved with a greater audience and begin having a larger impact on the world. I learned so much that I feel I will carry along with me for the rest of my life and will help me with all I pursue.

Nick Pakradooni, Andrus Family Fund

My name is Nick Pakradooni. I’m graduating this spring with a Bachelors of Science in International Business and Marketing from Johnson & Wales University in Providence, Rhode Island. I love the arts and travel (currently in the Chicago airport as I type this) and I’ll be moving to Los Angeles, California following graduation to pursue various passions of mine. I was very excited last year when I found out about the Andrus Family Philanthropy Programs, and I don’t think anything could have prepared me for the incredible learning experience and opportunity that it was. I’m looking forward to applying the values I learned in this program to every other part of my life to come.

Bridget Scanlon, Student, Convent of the Sacred Heart

Bridget Scanlon is a 16-year student at Convent of the Sacred Heart on the Upper East Side of Manhattan. She has loved getting involved in the Youth Philanthropy Initiative her freshmen year and being a member of the Helping Hearts Organization at Sacred Heart a student grant making committee. She spends her time at school, in ballet classes and trying to get youth actively involved in philanthropic efforts.

Katherine Scott, Director of Youth Philanthropy, Youth Philanthropy Connect

Katherine joined the Frieda C. Fox Family Foundation from the Boston Foundation, where she managed an online platform profiling best practices of nearly a thousand nonprofits, serving as a tool for donors and local university philanthropy courses, and building the capacity of nonprofit leaders engaged in the work. Previously, she has worked at other foundations in organizational effectiveness, training nonprofit leaders, donor services, scholarship and other awards to individuals, and recruiter to private and independent schools. Katherine is excited to have her career come full circle as she began her experience in philanthropy in high school as a Youth Advisory Council member and leader for In Youth We Trust at the Community Foundation of Northern Illinois. She holds a BA from Wittenberg University and an MA in Philanthropic Studies from the Lilly Family School of Philanthropy and MPA in Nonprofit Management from SPEA from Indiana University, Indianapolis. A native of Illinois, Katherine now lives in Boston with her husband Michael and can be found volunteering locally including cuddling babies at a local hospital or on Linkedin at:linkedin.com/in/kwestlundscott.

Naomi Skop Richter, Program Manager, Jewish Teen Funders Network

Naomi Skop Richter is the Program Manager at the Jewish Teen Funders Network, which works to support and grow the field of Jewish teen philanthropy. A social worker by training and a Jewish educator at heart, Naomi brings an enthusiasm for teen empowerment, group facilitation, and philanthropic giving to her work in philanthropy education. Before coming to JTFN, Naomi worked as a clinical social worker and Division Head at Jewish summer camp. She received her B.A. in Psychology from Brandeis University and holds a Masters of Social Work from Hunter College School of Social Work. Naomi lives in Washington Heights, Manhattan with her husband and son.

Masiel Rodriguez, Program Coordinator, Andrus Family Fund

Ms. Rodriquez-Vars is passionate about working with youth, especially in the context of philanthropy. She designed the Andrus Youth Service Program (AYSP) curriculum and has served as the program’s coordinator since its inception in 2000. As AYSP Coordinator, Ms. Rodriquez-Vars helps Andrus family teens discover their philanthropic interests, research nonprofits, complete site visits, and pitch their grant nominations to the Andrus Family Fund Board. In addition to serving as AYSP Coordinator, Ms. Rodriquez-Vars also works as an organizational consultant for nonprofits. She provides program development, staff training, and executive coaching to help agencies navigate change. Her clients include large institutions, like the Administration for Children’s Services and the Harlem Children’s Zone, and small community-based organizations. Ms. Rodriquez-Vars received her J.D. from NYU in 1998 where she was the recipient of the Sinsheimer Service Scholarship and a member of the Root Tilden Kern public interest legal program. After graduating from Yale University in 1993, she served as a second and third grade bilingual teacher through the Teach For America program.

Elijah Washington, Student, Riverside High School, Youth Giving Back

Elijah Washington is a 15 year old student at Riverside High School in Yonkers, New York. On top of his course load, he finds time to volunteer four to five days a week with various community organizations. He took his first stab at community service 3 years ago by starting a club called Youth Giving Back. Through this club, Elijah was able to help raise awareness and resources to donate to local shelters and food banks. His club also helps less fortunate kids celebrate Christmas during the holidays, build intergenerational relationship between the youth and elderly, and ways to counteract bullying. In addition to starting Youth Giving Back, Elijah is also involved with Groundwork Hudson Valley where he works to help improve struggling communities on the principle that by “changing places, we can change lives.” He also helps run programs for kids at the Hudson River Museum. His love of history drew him to volunteering at the museum. Elijah’s ultimate goal is to turn Youth Giving Back into a well-known non-profit organization.

Katherine Wolf, Coordinator for Community and Client Needs, Third Root Community Health Center

Katherine Wolf is the Coordinator for Community and Client Needs at Third Root Community Health Center in the Flatbush neighborhood of Brooklyn. Third Root is a worker-owned cooperative that offers holistic health care on a sliding-scale basis, in order to make radical, compassionate, and empowering healthcare accessible to all. Katherine is also a leader for the NYC Chapter of Resource Generation. RG organizes young people of wealth and class privilege to become transformative leaders working towards the equitable distribution of land, wealth and power. Through RG she got involved with North Star Fund, and participated in their Springboard Giving Circle and fundraising for the Let Us Breathe Fund. Katherine lives out her politics at home, as well, where she lives cooperatively with twenty housemates who share food and labor, and work intentionally to create a supportive, diverse and democratic community. She is a graduate of Wesleyan University (CT) where she majored in Art History and German Studies.

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