Co-Founder, Open Impact
Heather is the co-founder of Open Impact and a social entrepreneur, author, and consultant with 25 years of experience in social change. She is coauthor of the bestselling Forces for Good: The Six Practices of High-Impact Nonprofits, named a Top Ten Book of the Year by The Economist, and numerous case studies, articles and other publications. Previously she was the principal of McLeod-Grant Advisors. Heather helped lead the nonprofit practice at Monitor Institute and served as a McKinsey & Company consultant. She began her career as an Echoing Green Fellow when she cofounded Who Cares, a national magazine for young social entrepreneurs published from 1993 to 1999. She has been a Venture Partner with Draper-Richards-Kaplan and has served on numerous local, national, and global nonprofit boards. She holds an MBA from Stanford University and an AB from Harvard University.
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 […]