Anthony Richardson

Anthony Richardson

Executive Director, Nord Family Foundation

Anthony Richardson is executive director at the Nord Family Foundation and former chairman of the Lorain Academic Distress Commission, a joint local and state committee established to turnaround Lorain City Schools in Lorain, Ohio.

In 2012, he served as the civic and political chair for the Lorain City Schools Levy Committee, which helped the school district pass its first levy for new operating dollars since 1992. Later that year, Anthony was invited by the Obama Administration to attend a “Working Meeting on Fiscal Cliff” at the White House.  In 2011, Anthony was elected as a councilman at-large in the City of Lorain, becoming the youngest African American elected to an At-Large seat. During his second term, Anthony served as chairman of the Police, Fire, and Legislative Standing Committee, and sponsored legislation to increase hiring goal percentages for racial minorities, ethnic minorities, and women on city projects.

Anthony is an active member of Philanthropy Ohio, where he serves on the Public Policy Committee and Education Initiative Coalition.  He is also a board member for Funders Together to End Homelessness, an advisory board member for The Center for Effective Philanthropy and a member of the ideastream Community Advisory Board.

In 2017, Anthony received Philanthropy Ohio’s Emerging Philanthropist Award and was recently featured in The Chronicle of Philanthropy’s “The Influencers: People Quietly Changing the Nonprofit World.”

Anthony holds a bachelor’s degree from Oberlin College and a juris doctorate from The Ohio State University’s Michael E. Moritz College of Law.

Youth Voice for Stronger Philanthropy

Marquette Ballroom VIII

As education funders seek strategies to continually increase their impact, there’s no better source for insights on what’s working and not working for our country’s young people than the voices of youth themselves. The panel will address how funders can bring youth voice and participation into grantmaking and change-making. In this session, you’ll hear from education funders and practitioners about how engaging and empowering youth voice can lead to stronger philanthropy.

Breakout session

Putting it Together: What Effective Philanthropy Looks Like Right Now

Minneapolis Ballroom ABCD

A moment of political divisiveness and threats to democratic institutions requires philanthropy to be at its best. Drawing on CEP’s nearly 18 years of research and experience, a new book, Giving Done Right: Effective Philanthropy and Making Every Dollar Count lays out an argument about what is required for impact and about the need, once and for all, to reject the analogies to business that have framed so much guidance about philanthropy over the past two decades. This session will respond to the arguments made by the book’s author, Phil Buchanan, as a launching point to debate the elements of […]