Michael Moody, Frey Foundation chair for family philanthropy, The Johnson Center for Philanthropy
Dr. Michael Moody joined the Johnson Center in 2010 as the nation's first endowed chair on family philanthropy. In this role, he works to expand the practice and the public understanding of family philanthropy. Trained as a cultural sociologist, with a Ph.D. from Princeton, Dr. Moody is co-author of several books, including the recently released Generation Impact: How Next Gen Donors Are Revolutionizing Giving. He is a frequent speaker and sought-after commentator on philanthropic trends whose work has been featured in the New York Times, Washington Post, Forbes, Chronicle of Philanthropy, and Stanford Social Innovation Review.
Advancing Racial Equity
Learn to talk about race effectively to create shared prosperity in our neighborhoods, states, and nation.
Dennis Chin serves as Director of Communications at the new Race Forward. The new Race Forward is the union of two leading racial justice non-profit organizations: Race Forward and Center for Social Inclusion (CSI). In this role, Dennis crafts and applies the new Race Forward’s overall communications strategy, encompassing both media relations and digital media. Dennis also manages and curates the new Race Forward’s media content, which includes reports, op-eds, newsletters, blogs, social media copy, and web copy. In addition, Dennis serves as an organizational trainer/presenter, specializing in 1) the basics of structural racial inequity and 2) communicating effectively about structural racial inequity. Some of the organizations that he has trained and worked with include Emerging Practitioners in Philanthropy (EPIP), Arcus Foundation, Kresge Foundation, The California Endowment, the NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, Detroit Equity Action Lab (DEAL), National College Access Network, Council of Michigan Foundations, Grantmakers in the Arts, and the United States Breastfeeding Committee.
Pay for Success
Learn about this innovative investment approach to addressing persistent social problems.
Deirdre oversees NFF's Social Innovation Fund Pay for Success (PFS) program, supports delivery of PFS initiatives, and helps ready service providers for outcomes-oriented financing. She began her career as a Financial Analyst in the Venture Capital and Corporate Finance groups at Morgan Stanley, and also has worked as a senior marketing associate for Oxford Health Plans and Senior Finance Director and Senior Development Officer at New York Cares. Deirdre earned her Master of Business Administration from the University of Pennsylvania's Wharton School and her undergraduate degree in literary studies at Williams College. She has been Board Treasurer at Bronx Charter School for Excellence, Excellence Community Schools, and The Dalton School, and an independent financial consultant for Safe Horizon, Riverside Risk Advisors, and Girl Scouts of the USA.
Kim Buckner Patton
Learn about Philanthropies role in sector reporting, statewide dashboards, and data reporting.
Kim Buckner Patton oversees Foundation Center’s Northeast region including our New York and Washington, DC, regional centers. Prior to her current position, she designed and delivered training programs and curriculum for Foundation Center geared toward developing and expanding the leadership and capacity of nonprofit organizations both domestically and abroad.
Prior to joining Foundation Center in 2007, Kim worked as a nonprofit director, fundraiser, and grantmaker for more than 20 years with organizations such as Hawaii Public Television, the Council on Foundations, and the National Endowment for the Arts. She received her J.D. from Capital University in Columbus, Ohio and her B.A. in Communications from the University of Cincinnati.
Sidney Hargro, Executive Director, Philanthropy Network Greater Philadelphia
Sidney Hargro is a philanthropy advisor, strategist, speaker, and an imagineer (a former engineer who advocates for imagination and creativity to rethink approaches to social change). Hargro believes the key to effective philanthropy is sustained investment in talented people who effectively lead change and the organizations they serve. He is also a street photographer who produces visual and written stories about every day leaders of change in local communities. Hargro is a lecturer in the School of Social Policy and Practice at the University of Pennsylvania on the subject of equity-informed social impact measurement. Hargro is the former executive director of the Community Foundation of South Jersey, a startup community foundation, and he also served as the senior officer of strategy and organizational learning at The Columbus Foundation, the nation’s 7th largest community foundation.
He earned his master of divinity degree from United Theological Seminary, a master of science degree in mechanical engineering from The Ohio State University, and a bachelor of science degree in mechanical engineering, summa cum laude, from North Carolina A&T State University where he served as president of Tau Beta Pi engineering honor society. He serves on boards of regional and national organizations, including The United Philanthropy Forum, Grantmakers for Effective Organizations, Wells Fargo Regional Foundation and CDC, United Way of Greater Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey, N.J. Council for the Humanities, and the advisory committee of the New Jersey Nature Conservancy.
Lead by Hillary Blecker and Susanna Gilbertson, Partners
Blue Door Group
Hillary Blecker has over fifteen years of experience building community-focused trainings with an emphasis on worker movements and rights and dialogues focused on social identity differences. Previously, Hillary conducted workplace health and safety trainings for labor and community organizations. These trainings highlight Hillary's commitment to fostering workplace dignity, improving workers' rights, and most of all, inspiring workers and their organizations to focus and improve upon their own unique challenges. Hillary received her Bachelor of Arts in Public Health from Johns Hopkins University, a Master of Public Health in Community Practice from the University of Washington, and completed a Graduate Certificate in Diversity Leadership at Temple University. Hillary is passionate about and experienced in harnessing the power of conflict and dialogue to build understanding and relationships between people of diverse class, race, and gender identities.
Susanna Gilbertson is a trained social worker and has designed and facilitated interactive workshops on trauma-informed practices, intimate partner violence, sexual health, parenting, suicide prevention, secondary trauma and self-care for youth, professional and community groups for over 20 years. She received her Master of Social Work degree from San Francisco State University and her undergraduate degree from Haverford College. Susanna teaches social work at the Community College of Philadelphia, Widener University, and the School of Social Policy and Practice at the University of Pennsylvania. Susanna’s background includes work as an advocate, educator, and manager in the intimate partner violence field. Susanna has also worked on a crisis hotline, in a homeless shelter, in a middle school, and in people’s homes as a counselor and advocate. Susanna believes in the healing possibility inherent in intentionally designed learning spaces where learners can take risks, make mistakes, share feelings, get feedback, and continue to grow.