Magui Rubalcava Announces Leadership Transition at Borealis Philanthropy

Tuesday, May 19, 2020

Magui Rubalcava Announces Leadership Transition at Borealis Philanthropy

I am writing today to share with you the news that I am transitioning from my leadership role as President of Borealis Philanthropy at the end of this month.  As the founder, this decision was not one I made lightly. I recognize that the timeline is short and amidst a difficult time we are experiencing.  The pandemic has changed my personal circumstances and accelerated my transition timeline.  

I am proud of Borealis Philanthropy, and all it has become. In the six and a half years between my initial idea and now,  I could not have imagined having 30 staff members moving $30 million dollars to the communities we care about. Borealis today completely exceeds my vision of just a few short years ago. And that’s part of how I know it’s time to move on; as the organization scaled quickly, it became clear to me that Borealis was ready for a fresh vision and energy to help it grow well into the future. 

I am beyond proud of the Borealis team, and the ten deeply connected, rooted, responsive philanthropic funds we’ve grown together. Central to what makes Borealis special is the way we center those directly affected by the issues we fund. This is a rarity in philanthropy. Our staff brings the unequivocal expertise of lived experience to bear on the challenges and opportunities we fund and face, alongside our grantees. As champions of our communities, rooted in our communities, our team is how Borealis Philanthropy holds true to its values. 

With my original vision for Borealis exceeded and amplified, it’s time for new leadership. That Borealis has outgrown me is the best possible outcome I could have hoped for. I look forward to seeing where Borealis goes from here.

Thank you all for your contributions in making Borealis what it is today.  I am deeply grateful and will continue to support the transition as Borealis Philanthropy evolves into its next stage.  

With appreciation,
Magui Rubalcava

My name is Tony Tapia, an original Borealis Philanthropy board member and the new board chair. 

These are big changes for Borealis Philanthropy.  The board is grateful to Magui for her founding vision, upon which Borealis Philanthropy is built, and will continue to thrive...


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