Recap: New Strategies in Grantmaking: Leading Together Panel

The New Strategies in Grantmaking panel returned last Thursday, July 20th to PSEG Newark. With “Leading Together” serving as the theme for the event, grantmakers and nonprofit leaders explored new ways of thinking about business practices and leadership in professional settings. The interactive panel provided participants with the opportunity to discuss, reflect and apply the leadership principles observed to bring constructive change to their communities. The featured panelists included:

During the mid-panel break, attendees participated in a short workshop led by the world-class musicians of the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra. By examining the rehearsal process, the string quartet illustrated the different types of leadership skills used in musical preparation—collaboration, communication, and trust. Audience members drew parallels between performing arts and nonprofit management, sharing ways they could creatively incorporate these techniques into their workplace. The Leadership Quartet took apart the components of a working team, explored them from multiple perspectives and then reassembled them into a finished product – a great musical performance.

The event concluded with a series of questions moderated by Craig Drinkard, Associate Director of Operations at Victoria Foundation. Some of the questions included: “how do grantmakers think about leadership?” and  “what are the key elements that corporate, foundation and other grantmakers look for when seeking out well-led organizations?” The panelists discussed their strategies for accessing grantees and highlighted key factors for successfully securing grants within their organizations.

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What did your fellow nonprofit leaders think?

“In my 20 plus years in grantsmanship, I thought this was very forward thinking in program design and topic selection. It gave us new insight into the thought process from the grant makers perspective. Very helpful information to bring back to our team.” – Pat Levins, Caldwell University 

“This was a relevant topic, both in terms of organizational leadership and fundraising. The panelists were real and direct, while still being personable and informative.” – Jane Kurek, The Provident Bank Foundation

Stronger Together: Focusing on Nurturing Collaborative Leadership

Stronger Together: Focusing on Nurturing Collaborative Leadership

Building on the success of last year’s first-ever Stronger Together Symposium, DYCD, Support Center and Community Resource Exchange hosted its second annual symposium to help nonprofit leaders build collaboration skills, meet new partners, and learn from experts. This year’s theme was focused on empowering nonprofit leaders to facilitate social and economic change through collaborative partnership. 

Our Keynote Speaker, Arthur T. Himmelman, focused his address on community organizing and collaborative leadership for working together in service and for justice.

Panelist included: Keith Timko, Executive Director, Support Center; Jess Cavagnero, Partner, SeaChange Capital Partners; and Partners from the CRE Collaboration Lab: Robert Taylor, Executive Director of Youth Action/Youth Build and Craig Willingham, Deputy Director, CUNY Urban Food Policy Institute

Participants had an opportunity to choose from the options below for the morning workshop:

  • Growing a Partnership: Learn about the developmental stages of strategic partnerships such as: creating the foundation, building it out, agreeing on how to work, fortifying and sustaining of existing partnerships.
  • Is This Worth All the Effort: Discover assessment tools to help you start a collaborative effort and other resources to assess if partnerships are working well.
  • Community Engagement in the Decision-Making Process: Hear from the keynote speaker on ways to ensure respectful and meaningful exchange of ideas for change and mutually beneficial power-sharing.
  • Strategic Partnerships Panel Discussion: Join representatives from multiple city agencies for a panel discussion about capacity building initiatives created to increase strategic partnerships.
  • Open Space: Think, connect with willing partners and gain access to experts in the room to guide or answer questions.

Over lunch, participants worked in small groups that consisted of at least three organizations and they worked together to solve a community challenge presented. Here are some pictures from the Collaboration Challenge:

The day ended with participants in groups based on boroughs and neighborhoods, allowing them to learn more about the organizations and decision makers present. They were also given an opportunity to assess challenges and explore ways to start, sustain or manage strategic partnerships. Office hours were set up at the Support Center HQ to continue working on fostering future collaborations.

Profile: Mainstage Center for the Arts

The Support Center is currently in its third year of partnering with the Horizon Foundation for New Jersey to provide a series of workshops for all NJ grantees and targeted capacity building services for a subset of organizations. Mainstage Center for the Arts in Blackwood was one of six Horizon Foundation grantees to receive a $9,500 grant in 2016-17 for a six-month consulting engagement through the Support Center. Founded in 1989 as a summer theater program, Mainstage uses performing arts as a catalyst for individual expression and growth in youth and adults, and has become an integral part of South Jersey’s cultural scene. Through its Performing Arts Academy, School of Dance, Show Choirs and Summer Stage program, Mainstage serves over 800 young people and entertains more than 28,000 annually, with performances and events that include five fully staged musicals, three musical reviews and 20 short films.

A preliminary organizational assessment pointed to a need to grow and diversify the organization’s sources of revenue and prepare the Board for a greater role in fundraising. Mainstage currently derives around 87% of its $800,000 budget from earned revenue (ticket sales, classes, etc.), and fund development has historically taken a back seat to program development. Consultant Regina Podhorin worked with executive director Joe Bretschneider and the fund development committee to create a three-year development plan that aims to increase the proportion of individual and foundation funders to 20% of income by year three, an ambitious but attainable goal. Bretschneider says the timing of the Horizon grant and the work with the Support Center was “fortuitous,” as they had already begun a strategic planning process for the organization as a whole. The fund development plan will dovetail nicely with the strategic plan and will be a living document that can be adjusted in accordance with organizational needs. Bretschneider says he gained a lot of clarity about the process of putting a development plan together, adding that Podhorin “really got us” and was methodical and thorough in her approach.

Other Horizon Foundation grantees receiving capacity building support in 2016-17 are Hopeworks N’Camden, Kindersmile Foundation, Jewish Renaissance Medical Center, Partnership for a Drug-Free New Jersey and UrbanPromise Ministries.

New Strategies in Grantmaking: Leading Together


New Strategies in Grantmaking “Leading Together”

Grantmakers and nonprofits are deepening their work together to bring constructive change to our communities.  It is often said that grantmakers invest in leaders as well as organizations and that a well-led organization is the key to grantmaking success.  But how do grantmakers think about leadership?  What are the key elements that corporate, foundation, and other grantmakers look for when seeking out well-led organizations?  Join us for this interactive panel conversation and fun workshop session with NJSO to learn more and contribute to the thinking!
Thursday, July 20,  9:00 AM to 1:00 PM
PSEG, 80 Park Plaza, Newark, NJ 07102
Open to:
Nonprofit Leaders and their team, Executive Directors, Board Members, Development Directors, Senior Leaders & Managers

Panel Participants:

Craig Drinkard, Associate Director for Operations, Victoria Foundation
Kathy Durante, OceanFirst Foundation
Margarethe Laurenzi, Director of Leadership Grantmaking & Engagement, Community Foundation of New Jersey

Crystal Dundas, Vice President, Program and Communications Officer, Wells Fargo Regional Foundation

Special Performance By:

New Jersey Symphony Orchestra Leadership Quartet

Join us, and if you can, bring your team to our panel conversation with New Jersey grantmakers,  At this session, during our mid-panel break, we will have a short workshop experience led by the world-class musicians of the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra.  By examining the rehearsal process, a string quartet will illustrate the different types of leadership skills used in musical preparation—teamwork, problem solving, creative negotiation, compromise and decision- making—and show how these same skills can be applied to a professional setting.

While musicians may not seem to have much in common with nonprofit leaders, we all share the same needs for clear communication, professionalism and inspiration to achieve specific goals on deadline. The Leadership Quartet takes apart the components of a working team, explores them from multiple perspectives and then reassembles them into a finished product—a great musical performance.

This interactive workshop explores new ways of thinking about business practices and leadership in professional settings. It provides the participants with the opportunity to discuss, reflect on and apply the leadership principles observed. The mid-panel session will conclude with a performance of the featured work.

Tentative Agenda

8:30AM – 9:00AM Arrival, registration, continental breakfast

9:00AM – 10:10AM Moderated Panel

10:10AM – 10:20AM Short intermission

10:20AM – 11:15AM NJSO Leadership Quartet

11:30AM – 12:30PM Reconvene Panel – Panel Q&A

12:30PM – 1:00PM Conclusion/Networking/Close


Stronger Together: Nurturing Collaborative Leadership

Last year, groups participated in the the Marshmallow Challenge to help boost creativity and build collaboration. 

Building on the success of last year’s first-ever Stronger Together Symposium, DYCD, Support Center and Community Resource Exchange will host a second symposium to help nonprofit leaders build collaboration skills, meet new partners, and learn from experts. This year’s theme is focused on strengthening the ability of nonprofit leaders to start, sustain or manage strategic partnerships. Nonprofit leaders who are able to leverage long-standing, trusting relationships are more likely to be resilient and overcome significant challenges, which is crucial given today’s fickle funding environment. Nonprofit leaders who collaborate regularly have stronger programs, more motivated staff and deeper resources to draw from in times of need.

The one-day institute for small nonprofits or specific programs of larger organizations will help leaders identify, manage, evaluate and renew various ways to partner from sharing back-office resources to joint programming. Participants will learn about best practice from leaders of foundations, nonprofit umbrella organizations, government agencies, strategy experts and experienced practitioners.

Theme: Empowering nonprofit leaders to facilitate social and economic change through collaborative partnership


  • Identify concrete strategies and best practices for collaborating;
  • Meet other nonprofits interested in partnering or sharing resources particularly by geography; and
  • Learn from experts in the field on the various options and identify concrete next steps that your organization can take.

Target Audience: Executive directors, board members, and senior leadership

Date: June 22nd

Location: UJA-Federation of New York; 130 East 59th Street, New York, NY 10022


8:30AM – 9:00AM (Registration, Breakfast & Networking)

9:15AM – 10:00AM (Keynote Address from Arthur T. Himmelman: Community organizing and collaborative leadership for working together in service and for justice.)

10:00AM – 10:45AM

Panel Discussion: The value of collaborative partnerships and best practices on how to nurture them.



Keith Timko, Executive Director of Support Center


Jack Krauskopf, Distinguished Lecturer and Director, Center for Nonprofit Strategy and Management at Baruch College’s Austin W. Marxe School of Public and International Affairs


Jess Cavagnero, Partner, SeaChange Capital Partners

Partners from CRE Collaboration Lab

Robert Taylor, Executive Director of Youth Action/Youth Build and Craig Willingham, Deputy Director, CUNY Urban Food Policy Institute

11:00AM – 12:00PM (Workshop breakouts)

  • Session 1: Growing a Partnership: The Lifecycle
    Learn about the developmental stages of strategic partnerships such as: creating the foundation, building it out, agreeing on how to work, fortifying and sustaining of existing partnerships.
  • Session 2: Open Space
    Think and connect with willing partners and gain access to experts in the room to guide or answer questions.
  • Session 3: Is This Worth All the Effort
    Discover assessment tools to help you start a collaborative effort and other resources to assess if partnerships are working well.
  • Session 4: Community Engagement in the Decision Making Process
    Hear from the keynote speaker on ways to insure respectful and meaningful exchange of ideas for change and mutually beneficial power-sharing.
  • Session 5: Strategic Partnerships Panel Discussion
    Join representatives from multiple city agencies for a panel discussion about capacity building initiatives created to increase strategic partnerships.

12:00PM – 1PM (Lunch and Collaboration Challenge Game)

1:15PM – 2:15PM (Workshop breakouts – by borough | Moving into ACTION – participants will be separated by borough to explore partnership opportunities and put ideas gleaned from event into action.)

2:30PM – 3:00PM (You be the judge | Winners from the Collaboration Challenge Game are announced and given a prize)

3:00PM – 3:30pm (Closing / Next Steps)



Recap: May 19th New Jersey Impact Economy Gathering

On Friday, May 17, 2017, the Support Center hosted the third NJ Impact Economy Gathering at the Livingston Campus of Rutgers Business School, in conjunction with the NJ Office of Faith Based Initiatives and Rutgers Business School. The Gathering brought together a large community of people who are passionate about the burgeoning social impact economy in New Jersey. The audience included a diverse range of nonprofit leaders, social entrepreneurs, capacity builders, grantmakers, lenders, impact investors, academics, and city and state government officials. Building off of last year’s two successful gatherings, this spring’s event featured speakers from nine organizations representing both the demand and supply side of the impact economy.

On the demand side, there were four social enterprises pitching their impact and business models:

  • Tom Sims, Food Bank of South Jersey, presented the Food Works Community Kitchen, which is a multi-faceted venture combining food preparation, culinary arts education, and microenterprise development.
  • Helena van der Merwe, A-Plus Consulting, pitched a vocational training and job placement program for high school students with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD).
  • Kayla Jackson pitched the social venture PeduL, which is an online platform for students to fundraise for college through connections with scholarship providers, corporations, and individual patrons.
  • Bob Provost, Newark Symphony Hall, presented about the revitalization of Newark Symphony Hall and the proposed plans to transform part of the space into the National African American Arts & Entertainment Hall of Fame and Museum.

On the supply side, there were five speakers representing organizations that provide capital to social enterprises. They spoke about their organization’s mission and activities as well as the specific vehicles they use to capitalize social enterprises. The featured speakers were:

The final segment of the event was a panel discussion and inclusive conversation with our supply side speakers. Prompted by insightful questions from the audience, the speakers discussed their strategies for addressing social issues on the horizon and their organizations’ future directions.

The Gathering concluded with PeduL being named the “Audience Favorite” and awarded a package of 20 hours of pro bono Support Center social enterprise consulting. We would like to thank all those who attended for making it an inspiring, successful event.

To view photos from the event, please visit our Facebook page,

Stay tuned for the announcement of the next Impact Economy Gathering in late fall!

The Overhead Myth

Pat Richter has been affiliated with the Support Center since 2002 in many capacities, including as a volunteer facilitator of workshops, affiliated consultant, C.O.O. interim, and most recently the Interim Director of Consulting. She consults with nonprofits and foundations both large and small. She has worked with a multitude of organizations to complete organizational assessment, including the PSEG Foundation and the Horizon Foundation. 

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Many nonprofits, especially those with operating budgets under $5 million, are starving themselves in terms of infrastructure and capacity.  The pressure to keep ‘overhead’ costs as low as possible to attract and retain donors results in under-investments in crucial areas.  Unfortunately, many donors do not understand how important these investments are to mission effectiveness, and often make their charitable contributions based on the ‘advertised’ percentage of each dollar that goes to direct services. 

Start-up nonprofits and those focused on controversial causes typically have higher than average fundraising expenses, so they are particularly challenged.

What are ‘overhead’ costs?  They are also referred to as indirect costs, administrative costs, shared costs, or fixed costs.  Any two people talking about overhead are likely to be talking about different things.    Overhead costs typically include liability insurance, staff training, computers/software, fundraising staff/consultants, financial management staff, audits, and physical plant maintenance and improvements.

How do ‘raters’ like Charity Watch and Charity Navigator calculate overhead?  They use each organization’s IRS 990 which divides expenses into three functional areas – program services expenses, management and general expenses, and fundraising expenses.  Management and general and fundraising expenses together make up the ‘overhead’ portion of expenses.  There is an unofficial standard that nonprofits should keep their overhead costs at or below 25% of expenses, reinforced by misleading reporting (most nonprofits under-report their overhead on the IRS 990 and in fundraising materials) and unrealistic donor and foundation expectations.

Wonder what overhead costs are in the for-profit sector?  The average overhead rates of twenty-five industries ranges from 13% to 50% with an average in the mid 20s.  In the service industries, none reported average overhead rates below 20%.

The good news is that Guidestar, Charity Navigator, and the Better Business Bureau issued a joint statement denouncing the use of the overhead ratio as the sole measure of nonprofit performance.  We shall see if that has any impact on donor behavior. 

Here are things nonprofits can do to fight back:

  1. If volunteers provide a significant number of hours toward direct services, monetize that value and add it to program services revenue. Include this value in your financials and annual report.  The IRS 990 does not capture the value of volunteer hours (and neither do the watchdogs) which requires your organization to expand on it in the program accomplishments section.
  2. If you have many facilities to maintain, consider breaking out facilities as an expense category in your annual report. Donors understand that a safe and adequate physical plant is essential; they may not understand that you need an IT consultant!
  3. Educate your Board about the results of inadequate overhead investments on mission effectiveness and good management and help them be comfortable with overhead expenses under 30%.
  4. Provide funders with better ways to measure performance than program ratios. A conversation about costs to achieve outcomes can be much more meaningful.

Here’s an example of how changing the story can benefit a nonprofit:

A therapeutic riding program depended on many volunteers performing a range of activities to support each horse and student rider with a disability for 50 lessons each week.  The operating budget was small as they were a start-up, and fundraising costs were high as all their income was from small fees and unrestricted fundraised dollars.  When they calculated the value of their volunteers, they were shocked to learn that it exceeded their annual operating budget!  Once this value was added as revenue their ratios were more in line with donor expectations.  Donors felt they were getting terrific value for their donations as they were ‘leveraged’ with volunteer hours.  By making capacity investments over several years, the therapeutic riding program has quadrupled in size and attracted a wide range of foundations and corporations as supporters.

Our job as nonprofit leaders is to shift the conversation with donors to results and mission effectiveness, and away from artificial and meaningless formulas that encourage dishonesty and starve the sector.


Support Center Launches Major Rebrand

New York (April 7, 2017) – Today, Support Center|Partnership in Philanthropy announces a comprehensive brand review and unveils its new name, logo and location. The new brand reflects Support Center’s 2017-2021 Strategic Plan and amplifies its legacy of innovation and vision. Rollout of the new brand will begin by April 10, 2017.

During the strategic planning process, the organization revisited its mission, vision and values, took a closer look at programming and thought about high level strategies that could guide its work in the years to come. After the plan’s completion, the organization revealed its new streamlined name: Support Center, dropping “Partnership in Philanthropy”, the name of the New Jersey-based organization with which it merged in 2012.

To honor the ongoing success of that merger, the organization will rename its grantmaker partnership program: Partnership in Philanthropy (PIP). Support Center will continue making strides in the philanthropic arena, particularly in the Tri-State area.

The new brand provides a fresh, modern and sophisticated look with the introduction of a new logo and style guide. The updated tagline, “Accelerating Positive Social Change”, is captured within the logo which features gradient arrows that were designed to depict both motion and growth over time, illustrating Support Center’s mission to empower nonprofits and social enterprises to transform their leadership and management and accelerate positive social change.

The rebrand of the logo and tagline was directed by Kate Vocke, Creative Director and Graphic Designer at Six13Creative. Support Center also plans to launch a new website later this year.

On March 15, 2017, Support Center re-located to the headquarters of the Foundation Center at 32 Old Slip, 24th Floor, New York, NY 10005. Foundation Center’s mission is to strengthen the social sector by advancing knowledge about philanthropy in the U.S. and around the world. This shared goal around capacity-building in the sector as well as the co-location offers opportunities for deeper collaboration between the the two organizations.

“We realize change is hard. We work with organizations every day to change, and it requires patience and commitment. But seeing that patience and commitment pay off in the form of a new strategic plan, new space and a new logo makes it all worth it. As we look ahead to how we can accelerate positive social change through our workshops, consulting and executive transition work in the future, these new tools and renewed sense of enthusiasm and excitement are going to fuel that new direction,” said Keith Timko, Executive Director of Support Center.

“The board of directors is excited about future that the Support Center has set. The strategic plan boldly challenges the sector to create a network of capacity building organizations across the country. Thus “Accelerating Positive Social Change” exemplifies perhaps our single greatest strength; our ability to convene practitioners, funders and capacity builders. The new strategic plan and mission, and rebranded logo sets in motion our goal to harness the power of our community of people and resources to drive social change. Innovation and unwavering support of our vision will continue to be our guide in the future.” said John Emmert, Board Chair of Support Center.

About Support Center:

For over 30 years, the Support Center has worked in collaboration with nonprofit and philanthropic leaders and their organizations to increase organizational effectiveness and efficiency, enabling them to improve the quality of life in our communities. Through training, change consulting, coaching and executive search and transition management services, Support Center is committed to working with nonprofit organizations and social enterprises of all sizes and at all stages of their development to strengthen their leadership, management, and financial sustainability.


Recap: 2017 Interim Executive Director Training

The Support Center recently held its first of two Interim Executive Director Trainings for 2017 at the LGBT Community Center in the West Village neighborhood of Manhattan. Twenty-one participants gathered on the last Thursday and Friday of February for two long and intense – but rewarding – days of learning with a cohort of like-minded leaders looking to pursue interim executive opportunities. They hailed from the NY/NJ/CT metropolitan area, the Hudson Valley, greater Philadelphia, and even Detroit, MI. The training was led by Keith Timko, Executive Director, and Lynne Molnar, an Affiliate Consultant. The purpose of the training is to help nonprofit leaders transform their wisdom and knowledge into a highly adaptive, interim-oriented mind- and skillset. Those who complete the training and are actively pursuing interim opportunities join the Support Center pool of Trained Interim EDs, which now totals more than 300 program alumni.

During the training, participants learned a great deal from several featured presenters who are all experienced interim leaders themselves. Helene Blieberg spoke about the essential aspects of leading and managing an organization and its people during times of transition. Regina Podhorin’s presentation focused on the importance of a conducting a rigorous financial assessment during an interim placement. As one participant remarked later, “The wealth of information and experience of the participants and the presenters provided a rich environment.” The participants also heard from Xander Subashi, Associate Director of Programs, and Keith Timko about Support Center’s process of landing interim opportunities and working with the pool of candidates. They learned about the stages of the process with current examples of placed interims, searches in-contract, and opportunities nearing contract execution that will soon be available to them.

The two-day training wrapped up with a panel discussion on interim work overall: the challenges, the rewards, and all the experiences in between. Our panelists were Ngozi Okaro, Gilles Mesrobian, and Richard Burns, and in total they have served in more than 10 interim engagements. The panelists shared candidly and expansively as participants asked about their best and worst experiences, how they have handled challenging legal situations, their methods of adapting quickly to new, unique office cultures. One participant said as feedback on this section: “The panel was outstanding!” Another participant later wrote about the overall training, “I found the Interim ED training to be very meaningful…all the components in the Interim ED training left me with solid insights and lessons learned.”

We at the Support Center are delighted to have welcomed such a great and talented cohort to our pool of Trained Interim EDs, and we are excited to involve them in our interim placement service and support them as interim leaders and contributors to the nonprofit sector. For more information about our interim executive director program and future trainings, click here.

Profile: The Steve Fund Executive Search

The Steve Fund was established in 2014 to honor the memory of Stephen (Steve) C. Rose. Steve lost his life to mental illness after graduating from Harvard College and completing a Masters degree at City University.  The devastating loss of their son and brother inspired the Rose family to create the nation’s only organization focused on supporting the mental health and emotional well-being of college students of color.  The Steve Fund works in partnership with colleges and universities, the clinical and research community, and the public health and nonprofit communities to stimulate dialogue; design high impact technology-based services; build knowledge and thought leadership; and promote awareness as students of color enter, matriculate in, and transition from higher education.

Since its inception, The Steve Fund has built a strong reputation in the mental health and academic community.  They captured the attention of key funders including the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Ford Foundation, The Knight Foundation and several others in that league. Their website is a rich compilation of research, resources and roadmaps for understanding the troubling state of mental health and emotional well-being for students of color in higher education settings.  Some of the factors that pose a high risk for mental health issues include cultural under-representation on college campuses; perceived and experienced racial discrimination; microaggressions; and stressful transitions from home to campus.  The consequences of these current trends are emotional, physical and academic, and they are creating demand and raising expectations for the higher education community to get engaged and strengthen their counseling service models.

In late 2016 the board decided it was time to appoint a full-time leader to take the organization to the next level.  The Support Center was selected to lead a national search for the first Executive Director, and we were poised to leverage our expertise in Executive Search and Transition Management in support of The Steve Fund’s work.

This assignment, although standard for our practice in many ways, was also a bit nuanced.  Throughout the process we balanced several factors: The Steve Fund is a startup organization and the first of its kind; the board was seeking an experienced leader who also had specialized mental health expertise; the appointed Executive Director would be the board’s first full-time hire and and an immediate partner to a range of researchers, consultants and funders; and, finally, the board considered the ideal candidate to be someone who possessed both the stature and social capital to engage high profile national leaders and the humility and empathy to connect with students whose lives and well-being are at the heart of The Steve Fund’s mission.To find the person best suited for and most passionate about the position, we cast a wide net across traditional recruiting sources, online platforms, and in numerous search outlets specific to the mental and public health communities. The response was immediate and substantial both in volume and quality, yielding over 100 applicants.  The field of candidates gradually narrowed as we juggled the dynamics of a national, virtual search with candidates and a search committee scattered across the country.  Once a final slate of candidates emerged, we assisted in crafting and negotiating the terms and conditions of the job offer.  From that final slate, the board then made an outstanding selection of a candidate whose background, professional experience, skills and personal passions are tailored exactly to this position. Dr. Terri Wright, of the American Public Health Association, will become the first Executive Director of The Steve Fund.  She brings extensive leadership skills and expertise in advancing the public’s health through policy, practice and management in government, philanthropic and nonprofit organizations. Her vast experience includes maternal, child and adolescent health, environmental public health and population health. Dr. Wright is driven by a vision for health and social equity for all members of society, and she will boldly lead The Steve Fund to a greater level of excellence.  As we begin to plan the onboarding process, we are now reflecting on and capturing the many key lessons we gained in order to strengthen our ESTM practice and fulfill our own mission to accelerate positive social change.


To learn more about our executive search and transition management services, please click here.