By Andy Carroll, Exponent Philanthropy
In our divided world, I admire people who can cross borders and bridge chasms. I think of these uniquely skilled bridge-builders as ambassadors, able to move and navigate among different worlds, connecting people, organizations, and ideas.
People I believe who model this bridge-building in philanthropy include Jennifer Astone of the Swift Foundation, who engages diverse funders to explore how needs and issues in the United States connect with issues and trends internationally; Doug Bauer of the Clark Foundation, who educates and links a wide array of funders, nonprofits, and government agencies in New York State and nationally; Richard Toth, formerly of the Robert Woods Johnson Foundation, who with Grants Managers Network and Sara Engelhardt of the Foundation Center, created Project Streamline to bring associations of grantmakers, grantseekers, and fundraisers together to streamline practices; and Billie Hall of the Sunflower Foundation, who engages nonprofits and citizens throughout her state and beyond in health advocacy, bringing their voices to the policy table.
Last week I had the privilege of seeing another ambassador at work in philanthropy.