New Leaders, New Opportunities: What Does This Moment Demand From Foundations?

Wednesday, October 27, 2021 -
10:00am to 12:00pm EDT
Virtual Meeting - Register by 10/26
Members of PNY & Partner Orgs: 
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NYC foundations who care about community and equity are facing a city that is emerging from the pandemic, experiencing a racial reckoning, fearing climate change, and about to undergo a turnover in municipal leadership — all exacerbated by deep economic disparity and systemic racism across our neighborhoods. To rise to the moment, they are going to need ingenuity, compassion, resources, intelligence, friends, and allies. Smart, savvy, compassionate, and rooted leaders will be especially critical. 

This pivotal point is underscored by leadership transitions at four important NYC Foundations: the New York Foundation, the Brooklyn Community Foundation, the New York Community Trust, and the Robin Hood Foundation. They are different institutions — some private, some community foundations — but they have an important commonality to their missions: commitments to create a more fair, just, and inclusive city; to promote a healthy, equitable, and thriving community for all; and to elevate New Yorkers out of poverty. Each of these foundations is at a different point in leadership transitions that will happen in the next year. 

Join us to discuss what this moment demands from foundation leaders – and what new leaders are bringing to the field. Grantee partners, outgoing leaders, board members and incoming leaders will join us in discussion of the many challenges and opportunities in these leadership transitions. 

  • Grantee partner perspectives on what foundation leadership can make possible for the movement for justice and equity in NYC
  • Opportunities and challenges of leadership transitions in philanthropy, including the challenges of moving from white- to POC leadership 
  • Roles for board, staff, and allies to play to support successful transitions


Designed for

All interested funders, regardless of role within your foundation. What to expect: presentation followed by breakout discussions.



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