Director, Organizational Effectiveness, S.D. Bechtel, Jr. Foundation
Barbara joined the Foundation as Director of Organizational Effectiveness in 2013. In this role, she is responsible for fostering a culture of continuous learning, improvement, innovation, and strategic risk taking. Barbara works with program staff to enhance grantmaking practices for impact and to develop grantee effectiveness and sustainability. She comes to the Foundation with 25 years of experience in philanthropy as an executive, a consultant, a grantmaker, and a foundation program director working with family, private, corporate, and community foundations. Barbara is co-author of Succeeding with Consultants and Grantmaking Basics. In 2010, she co-authored What’s Next for Philanthropy. She is a founder of Grantmakers for Effective Organizations (GEO), an organization dedicated to building knowledge, promoting learning, and encouraging dialogue on nonprofit and grantmaker effectiveness. Barbara holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Art from Wagner College and a Juris Doctor degree from Brooklyn Law School.
An ongoing tension in philanthropy exists in balancing responsibilities to address the needs of the present with obligations to the future. When should funders give with urgency and accelerate their giving for impact? Conversely, what considerations should funders make for long-term intergenerational philanthropy? This interactive session will explore these questions from the perspective of a president of a perpetual family foundation, a key leader at a sunsetting foundation, and a strategic advisor to high net worth donors.