CEO Peer Communities

A fundamental purpose of our work is to help PNY members build strong relationships across the community and find people with whom you can turn to for thought partnership and peer counsel. We do this through one-on-one peer introductions and formal peer communities.

CEO Peer Communities

Philanthropy New York brings together our member CEOs regularly throughout the year for peer-to-peer leadership support. These groups allow member CEOs to learn with peer CEOs and to have high-level strategy and leadership conversations on shared topics of interest. In this way, PNY serves as a critical hub for executives to connect with other executives to problem-solve, ideate, and create socially impactful solutions together.

Current CEO Networks

  • Small Foundations: CEOs or Board Presidents of private foundations that are unstaffed or have 1 – 2 staff. (Endowment and grantmaking size vary.)
  • Midsize Foundations: CEOs of private foundations with 3 – 14 staff and managing endowments under $250 million. CEOs of grantmaking public charities with staff size up to 20 and grantmaking up to $10M.
  • Large Foundations: CEOs of private foundations with 15+ staff and managing endowments over $250 million. CEOs of grantmaking public charities with more than 20 staff and grantmaking over $10 million. 
  • Family or Donor-led Foundations: Staff CEOs working with mostly family boards and/or donor(s) who hold an active role in the management of the foundation. (Endowment and grantmaking size vary.) o
  • Corporate Funders: Senior-most executive managing a company’s CSR and philanthropic work. Often folks hold many roles within the company.

Please reach out to Kristen Ruff to discuss CEO peer communities.

Philanthropy New York created dedicated CEO networks starting in 2008. Originally, we organized the peer communities by the foundation’s asset size. However, we learned over the years that folks most valued connecting with peer CEOs of foundations of similar operating size – namely staff size and structure – since staff size of an organization impacts the structure of the CEO role and the management and leadership challenges folks bring to the peer communities to discuss.