Past Meet the Grantmaker Panels

Explore past Support Center “Meet the Grantmaker” events here. These panels focus on a wide variety of topics and feature a distinguished roster of foundation executives.

Current Panels and to Learn More
Sign Up For Weekly Emails For Upcoming Sessions

  • New Strategies in Grantmaking: The Power of Partnering 12/8/2015
    • Moderator:
      Jeffrey M. Vega
      President and CEO

      Panelists:
      Diane Hagerman
      Deputy Director, Programs
      New Jersey Health Initiative
      (A Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Program)

      Jane Kurek
      Executive Director
      The Provident Bank Foundation

      Colleen Maguire
      Executive Director
      Pascale Sykes Foundation

  • New Strategies in Grantmaking: Meet the NJ Grantmakers 6/23/2015
    • Moderator:
      Marsha Atkind
      Executive Director/CEO
      The Healthcare Foundation of New Jersey
    • Panelists:
      Joan Hollendonner
      Senior Program Officer
      Horizon Foundation for New Jersey

      Sarah Keh
      Director, Corporate Giving Programs and Program Officer
      Prudential Foundation

      Margarethe Laurenzi
      Director of Leadership Grantmaking and Engagement
      Community Foundation of New Jersey

      Marion O’Neill
      Manager, Corporate Contributions
      PSEG

  • New Strategies in Grantmaking: Enriching Communities through the Arts 4/24/2015
    • Moderator:
      David Andersson
      Director of Special Projects
      NYC Department of Cultural Affairs
    • Panelists:
      Lucas Held
      Director of Communications
      The Wallace Foundation

    • Zeyba Rahman
      Senior Program Officer, Building Bridges Program
      The Doris Duke Foundation for Islamic Art
    • Sara Reisman
      Artistic Director
      Shelley & Donald Rubin Foundation

      Scott Winship
      Director of Grantmaking Programs
      New Music USA

  • New Strategies in Grantmaking: Movement Building & Social Change 3/11/2015
    • Moderator:
      Casey Castaneda
      Program Officer
      Moore Charitable Foundation
    • Panelists:
      Jennifer Arieta
      Program Coordinator
      North Star Fund

    • Geri Mannion
      Program Director
      U.S. Democracy and Special Opportunities Fund
      Carnegie Corporation of New York
    • Tynesha McHarris
      Director of Community Leadership
      Brooklyn Community Foundation

      Kevin Ryan
      Program Director
      New York Foundation

  • New Strategies in Grantmaking: Funding Sustainable Environments and Just Communities 12/04/2014
    • Moderator:
      Melissa Beck
      Executive Director
      The Educational Foundation of America
    • Panelists:
      Sol Marie Alfonso-Jones
      Senior Program Officer
      Long Island Community Foundation

      Sharon Alpert
      Senior Director of Programs and Strategy
      Surdna Foundation

      Ernest Tollerson
      Interim CEO
      The Nathan Cummings Foundation

      Rise Wilson
      Director of Philanthropy
      The Robert Rauschenberg Foundation

  • New Strategies in Grantmaking Series: Meet the Corporate Grantmakers 10/08/2014
    • Moderator:
      Carol Kurzig
      President
      Avon Foundation
    • Panelists:
      Hilary S. Ayala, Director
      Grassroots Management & Strategic Programs
      Con Edison

      Maria Collins
      Vice President
      New York Life Foundation

      Stephanie Hochman
      Director, U.S. Grant Program
      Citi Foundation

      Gayle Jennings-O’Byrne
      Vice President, Global Philanthropy
      JPMorgan Chase

  • Meet The New Jersey Grantmakers 6/28/2014
    • Moderator:
      Michelle Cash
      VP, Grants & Programs
      Princeton Area Community Foundation
    • Panelists:
      Diana Blankman
      Senior Director, US Giving & Social Impact
      Novo Nordisk, Inc.

      Jennifer Coyne
      Program Officer
      PSE&G

      Bernie Moriarty
      Executive Vice Presiden
      The Hyde and Watson Foundation

      Kim Ostrowski
      Director – Community Resources
      Prudential Foundation

  • New Strategies in Youth & Education Grantmaking 4/4/2014
    • Moderator:
      Melissa Beck
      Executive Director
      The Educational Foundation of America
    • Panelists:
      Aaron Jacobs
      Senior Associate
      External Relations
      Edna McConnell Clark Foundation

      Julie Peterson
      Senior Program Officer
      Pinkerton Foundation

      Anne Lawrence
      Program Officer
      Robert Bowne Foundation

      Diane Sierpina
      Program Director, Justice Programs
      Tow Foundation

  • Meet The Arts Grantmakers 2/14/2014
    • Moderator:
      Casey Castañeda
      Vice President & Program Officer, Private Foundation Services
      J.P. MorganPanelists:
      Leah Krauss
      Senior Program Officer, NYC Dance
      Mertz Gilmore Foundation
    • David Andersson
      Director of Special Projects
      NYC Department of Cultural Affairs

      Mark Rossier
      Deputy Director NEW
      New York Foundation for the Arts

      Lisa Robb
      Executive Director NEW
      New York State Council on the Arts

  • Meet The New Jersey Grantmakers 1/30/2014
    • Moderator:
      Nancy Kieling
      Princeton Area Community Foundation
    • Panelists:
      Erik Estrada
      Project Officer
      New Jersey Health Initiatives of RWJF

      Joan K. Hollendonner
      Senior Program Officer
      The Horizon Foundation for New Jersey
      Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey

      Joe Visaggio
      Executive Director
      Alliance Development & Philanthropy
      Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corporation

      Paige Carlson-Heim
      Community Development Group Manager
      Mid-Atlantic Region
      TD Bank

  • Embracing the Unknown: Planning for Disaster in the Nonprofit & Small Business Community 11/22/2013
    • Moderator:
      Don Crocker, Executive Director/CEO
      Support Center | Partnership In Philanthropy
    • Panelists:
      Bridget Hartnett, CPA
      Sobel and Co., LLC

      Ron Matan, CPA
      Sobel and Co., LLC

      Carlos Rodriguez
      CEO
      Food Bank of Monmouth and Ocean Counties

      Jill Johnson
      Co-Founder/Chief Executive Officer
      Institute for Entrepreneurial Leadership

      Dr. Tendai Ndoro
      Regional Director
      New Jersey Small Business Development Center – Rutgers

  • Poverty, the Social Safety Net, and Philanthropy’s Role 10/25/2013
    • Master of Ceremonies:
      Michael Stoller
      Executive Director
      Human Services Council
    • Moderator:
      Doug Bauer
      Executive Director
      Clark Foundation

      Panelists:
      Mark Bodden
      Vice President/Program Director
      Rudin Foundations

      Catherine Marsh
      Executive Director
      Westchester Community Foundation

      Eric Weingartner
      Managing Director, Survival
      Robin Hood Foundation

      Alison N. Yu
      Program Officer
      William Randolph Hearst Foundations

  • Meet the Corporate Grantmakers 9/13/2013
    • Moderator:
    • Nikisha Alcindor, Private Wealth Advisor
      Goldman, Sachs & Co. Corporate Grantmaking Panelists: Hilary S. Ayala, Director, Grassroots Management & Strategic Programs
      Con Edison
      Kelly Fisher, Assistant Manager, Philanthropy
      Toyota Motor North America, Inc.
      Faith Frank, President
      AXA Foundation
      Chris Park, President
      New York Life Foundation
  • Women & Girls 4/16/13
    • Moderator: Melissa Beck, The Educational Foundation of America Panelists: Christine O’Donnell, Philanthropic Solutions, U.S. Trust Katharine Landon, The New York Women’s Foundation
      Kara D’Angelo, The Patrina Foundation
      Stacey Scarpone, Women’s Fund of Long Island MTG
  • New Jersey 1/24/13
    • Master of Ceremonies: David Gray, President Finance Arts, LLC Moderator: Hans Dekker, Community Foundation of New Jersey Panelists: Nancy Kieling, Princeton Area Community Foundation
      Kiki Jamieson, The Fund For New Jersey
      Jonathan Pearson, Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey
      Bonnie Petrauskas, Johnson and Johnson MTG
  • Evolving Strategies In Grantmaking: Nurturing The Safety Net: 11/30/12
    • Moderator: Doug Bauer, Clark Foundation Panelists: Rene Deida, The Prudential Foundation
      Suzi Epstein, Robin Hood Foundation
      Marilyn Gelber, Brooklyn Community Foundation
      Len McNally, New York Community Trust
  • Corporate: 9/28/12
    • Moderator: Carol Kurzig, Avon Foundation for Women Panelists: Hilary Ayala, Con Edison
      Richard Brown, American Express
      Gayle Jennings-O’Byrne, JPMorgan Chase Foundation
      Tessie Topol, Time Warner Cable
  • New Jersey – Grantmakers’ Strategy In A Volatile Economy: 7/12/12
    • Moderator:
      Heather Robinson, Partnership in Philanthropy
      Panelists:
      Irene Cooper-Basch, Victoria Foundation
      Lois W. Greco, Wells Fargo Regional Foundation & CDC
      Sidney R. Hargro, Community Foundation of South Jersey
      Sheila Rostiac, PSEG
  • Arts: 4/20/12
    • Moderator: Lucas Held, The Wallace Foundation
      Panelists: Elizabeth Bennett, New York City Department of Cultural Affairs
      Jennifer P. Goodale, Asian Cultural Council Trust for Mutual Understanding
      Cheryl Ikemiya, Doris Duke Charitable Foundation
      Leah Krauss, Mertz Gilmore Foundation
      Edwin Torres, The Rockefeller Foundation
    • panel-image-1
  • New Jersey: 1/25/12
    • Moderator: Hans Dekker, Community Foundation of New Jersey Panelists: Etta Rudolf Denk, Bank of America
      Katherine Durante, Ocean First Foundation
      Marion O’Neill, PSEG
      Doug Schoenberger, Verizon
  • Education, Employment, Health & Human Services: 11/4/11
    • Moderator:
      Rich McKeon, The Leora M. and Harry B. Helmsley Charitable Trust
      Panelists:
      Doug Bauer, The Clark Foundation
      Rene Deida, Prudential Foundation
      Roderick Jenkins, New York Community Trust
      Elizabeth Olofson, The Stella and Charles Guttman Foundation, Inc.
      Deborah Thompson Velazquez, The Altman Foundation
    • panel-image-2
  • Corporate: 9/20/11
    • Moderator: Joanne Heyman, Heyman Partners
      Panelists:
      Hilary S. Ayala, Con Edison
      Matthew Blakely, Motorola Solutions Foundation
      Kim L. Jasmin, JP Morgan Chase Foundation
      Christine Park, New York Life Foundation
  • New Jersey: 7/31/11
    • Moderator:
      Vaughn McKoy, PSEG
    • Panelists:
      Jenny-Ann Kershner, The Fund for New Jersey
      Rhonda Nesmith Crichlow, Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corporation
      Renee Rattigan, TD Bank
      Craig Drinkard, Victoria Foundation

  • Youth & Education: 5/20/11
    • Moderator:
      Angela Henry, Grace Angela Henry, Inc.
    • Panelists:
      Jenny Lai, ESA Foundation
      Alexie Torres-Fleming, Funders’ Collaborative on Youth Organizing
      Heather Nesle, HSBC
      Kara D’Angelo, The Patrina Foundation
      Christopher Bell, The Pinkerton Foundation

  • Arts & Culture Programs: 4/15/11
    • Moderator:
      Helene Blieberg, Helene Blieberg and Associates
    • Panelists: Alton Murray, Con Edison
      Maurine Knighton, Nathan Cummings Foundation
      Katherine Denny, NYC Department of Cultural Affairs
      Kerry McCarthy, New York Community Trust
      Edwin Torres, The Rockefeller Foundation

  • Philanthropy & Funding for Women & Girls: 3/30/12
    • Moderator:
      Carol Kurzig, Avon Foundation for Women
    • Panelists:
      Todd Kahn, Coach
      Patricia White, New York Community Trust
      Pamela Shifman, NoVo Foundation

  • New Jersey Corporate: 12/10/10
    • Moderator: Mark Valli, New Jersey After 3, Inc.

      Panelists:
      Amanda Bauman, Campbell Soup Company
      Elliott Lee, JPMorgan Chase
      Rene Deide, Prudential Foundation
      Sloane Lucas, Toys”R”Us, Inc.
      Lois Greco, Wachovia Regional Foundation

  • Environmental: 11/15/10
    • Moderator:
      Roger Pasquier, Audubon New York
    • Panelists:
      Alton Murray, Con Edison
      Laura Hansen, J.M. Kaplan Fund
      Janet Levoff, Lily Auchincloss Foundation

  • Women’s Programs: 10/15/10
    • Moderator:
      Joanne Heyman, Urban Zen Foundation
    • Panelists:
      Katherine Acey, Astraea Lesbian Foundation for Justice
      Nancy Schwartz Sternoff, Dobkin Family Foundation
      Reisa Brafman, Eileen Fisher
      Sheila M. Renovitch, Liz Claiborne Foundation

  • Corporate: 9/21/10
    • Moderator:
      Marie Smith, Con Edison
    • Panelists:
      Cheryle Rosario, American Express
      Amy Stursberg, The Blackstone Group
      Heather Nesle, HSBC
      Barbara Dillon, Met Life

    • panel-image-3
  • New Jersey: 7/14/10
    • Moderator:
      Marion O’Neill, PSEG
      Panelists:
      William Engel, The Hyde and Watson Foundation
      Grace Egan, New Jersey Foundation for Aging
      Larry Leverett, Panasonic Foundation
      Kendall Warsaw, Provident Bank Foundation
  • Youth & Education 6/25/10
    • Moderator: Doug Bauer, The Clark Foundation Panelists: Danielle Scaturro, Edna McConnell Clark Foundation
      Laurie Dien, The Pinkerton Foundation
      Julie Asher, Robin Hood
      Amy Barger, Tiger Foundation
  • Health: 6/18/10
    • Moderator: Jane Englebardt Panelists: M. Starita Boyce Ansari, Camphill Foundation
      Scott Moyer, Jacob Valeria Langeloth Foundation
      George Suttles, NY State Health Foundation
      Atiya Ali, Pfizer Foundation
  • LGBT: 5/21/10
    • Moderator: Gilles Mesrobian Panelists: Lorraine Marasigan, Cricket Island Foundation
      Karen Zelermyer, Funders for LGBTQ Issues
      Andrew Lane, Johnson Family Foundation
      Cori Schmanke Parrish, North Star Fund
    • panel-image-4
  • Youth & Education: 4/23/10
    • Moderator: G. Angela Henry Panelists: Yancy Garrido, The Clark Foundation
      Christopher Cutter, The Elmezzi Foundation
      Jenny Lai, ESA Foundation
      Sonni Holland, Charles Hayden Foundation
      Denice Williams, NYC Department of Youth & Community Development
  • Arts: 3/19/10
    • Moderator: Helene Blieberg Panelists: Rohit Burman, MetLife Foundation
      Cheryl Ikemiya, Doris Duke Charitable Foundation
      Naomi Jackson, Rockefeller Brothers Fund
    • panel-image-6
  • NJ Corporate: 11/11/09
    • Moderator: Mark Valli, New Jersey After 3, Inc. Panelists: Etta Denk, Bank of America
      Eliott D. Lee, JPMorgan Chase Foundation
Ellen W. Lambert, The Merck Company Foundation
Marion C. O’Neill, PSEG and PSEG Foundation
    • panel-image-7
  • Health: 11/13/09
    • Moderator: Carol Kurzig, Avon Foundation for Women Panelists: Erin Hogan, Ira W. DeCamp Foundation
      Len McNally, New York Community Trust
      Bruce Payne, The Shelley & Donald Rubin Foundation
      George Suttles, New York State Health Foundation
      Jacqueline M. Ebanks, The New York Women’s Foundation
    • panel-image-8
  • Women’s Programs: 10/16/09
    • Moderator: Joanne Heyman, Urban Zen Foundation Panelists: Katherine Acey, Astraea Lesbian Foundation for Justice
      Nancy Schwartz Sternoff, Dobkin Family Foundation
      Reisa Brafman, Eileen Fisher
      Sheila M. Renovitch, Liz Claiborne Foundation
  • Corporate: 09/23/09
    • Moderator: Marie Cutrone Smith, Con Edison Panelists: Faith Frank, AXA Foundation
      Stacy Papas, CIT
      Louise R. Raymond, The McGraw-Hill Companies
      Suzane Rhee Brown, Morgan Stanley Foundation
    • panel-image-10
  • New Jersey: 7/22/09
    • Moderator: Marion O’Neill, PSEG Panelists: Michael Catania, Conservation Resources Inc.
      Rene Deida, Prudential Foundation
      Jennifer Kastle Goudy, TD Charitable Foundation
      Elaine Katz, Kessler Foundation
      Kathy Smith, Mountainside Health Foundation
    • panel-image-11
  • Youth & Education: 7/08/09
    • Moderator: G. Angela Henry, Grace Angela Henry, Inc.,
      “A Voice for All Seasons” Panelists: Lena Townsend, The Robert Bowne Foundation
      Diana Correa, North Star Fund
      Christopher Bell, The Pinkerton Foundation
      Julie Asher, Robin Hood
    • panel-image-12
  • Westchester: 4/16/09
    • Moderator: Catherine Marsh, Westchester Community Foundation Panelists: Pamela Haas, IBM
      Dennis McDermott, JP Morgan Chase
      Patricia Mulqueen, Con Edison
      George Suttles, New York State Health Foundation
      Marlyn Torres, New York Life Foundation
    • panel-image-13
  • Funding for Art Programs: 4/15/09
    • Moderator: Helene Blieberg, Helene Blieberg Associates Panelists: Rohit Burman, MetLife Foundation
      Joseph Mitchell, The Fan Fox and Leslie R. Samuels Foundation
      Cheryl Rosario, American Express
      Alison Yu, The Hearst Foundations
    • panel-image-14

Praise from Participants:

“The questions were different than what I’ve heard before and that will be much more useful than the normal questions about grantmakers. Their answers were helpful even if my organization doesn’t fit their guidelines and wouldn’t apply to them. ”

— Katie Sharpe, Integrity House

“Understanding that developing personal relationships with the grantmakers is important.”

— Robin Noble-Zolin

“We got to meet with two foundations that are very interested in our programs. We made connections with other nonprofits and may be able to collaborate with them. The event provided an opportunity to take a step back and look at the bigger picture when it comes to the messages we communicate to all our funders. ”

— Camille Parker, Rising Tide Capital

“The event was long enough so that it didn’t feel like the informaton we received just skimmed the surface. The questions were topical and both the moderator and panelists were well prepared. They were also accessible and we appreciated having the ability to talk to them ”

— Joy Cooper, Theatre Development Fund

“It was a really great dialogue, with insightful questions from the audience and comments from the panel. The moderator was truly great at creating an engaging atmosphere.”

— Courtenay Barton, New Heights Academy Charter School

“This is by far the best grantmakers session I’ve attended. The focus on healthcare in today’s economy was awesome. The participants’ honesty about how the economic crisis has impacted their roles as healthcare grantmakers and the specifics behind the mechanics of what they do and how they do it.”

— Hazella Rollins-LaVar

“Sitting down face to face with the granters was a great opportunity to hear things from the source. That working with them is more than just developing a grant proposal, but more so, developing a relationship.”

— David Juhren, Executive Director of The LOFT LGBT Center

“The most effective part for me was hearing directly and candidly from a program officer at a foundation that we are approaching. It was of course also useful to get a sense of the overall trends in foundation giving at the moment. What I like best about these sessions is that they humanize program officers, who can seem a bit intimidating when you are new to institutional giving and considering approaching a foundation cold!”

— Beth Gerbe, NYC Outward Bound Center – Long Island City

“The presenters were candid, well-informed and easy to converse with in the small sessions.”

— Pamela Benson, Groundswell Community Mural Project

Workshops