Managing Director and Chief Operating Officer, Blue Meridian Partners
Chuck Harris plans and oversees the execution and advancement of Blue Meridian’s strategy and operations while leading efforts to engage new philanthropic Partners and to support their engagement. As a member of EMCF’s senior leadership team, he also provides strategic support and guidance on Foundation matters.
In his previous role as an EMCF Portfolio Manager and its Director of Capital Aggregation, Chuck managed relationships with various grantees and oversaw the Foundation’s capital aggregation activities, notably the True North Fund.
Before joining the Foundation, Chuck co-founded and served for five years as Executive Partner of SeaChange Capital Partners, a financial intermediary designed to enhance the flow of capital to outstanding nonprofits serving children and youth in low-income communities in the United States.
Chuck spent 23 years in the banking business before retiring in 2002 from his position as a partner and managing director at Goldman Sachs, where he served as co-head of Corporate Finance in the Americas.
He has served extensively on the boards of nonprofit and philanthropic organizations as well as privately held and publicly traded for-profit corporations.
He is a graduate of Harvard College and holds a master’s degree in finance from MIT’s Sloan School of Management.
Philanthropy has turned to intermediaries for many purposes over the past several decades. And while these arrangements present many advantages, they also pose some challenges. When is it opportune to work through an intermediary agency? When does working with an intermediary no longer make sense? In this session, a panel of leaders representing a diverse range of intermediary providers will explore the reasons that funders engage in the services they offer, examine the challenges associated in working with intermediaries, provide practical advice for donors considering entering into intermediary relationships, and speculate on future trends and opportunities that exist for current/new […]