Managing Director, Fund for Shared Insight
Melinda is Fund for Shared Insight’s managing director, guiding and facilitating the collaborative’s operations, communications, grantmaking, evaluation, and more. As an independent consultant to senior leadership at philanthropic organizations around the country, Melina promotes, crafts, and implements strategies for effective philanthropy. Prior to starting her consulting practice in 2003, Melinda co-founded and ran REDF, a social-venture capital fund; served as a manager at a national healthcare nonprofit; and worked as a management consultant. She enthusiastically brings her unique combination of business, leadership, evaluation, and management skills to helping mission-oriented organizations meet their goals, care for people, and better the world in which we live.
Melina serves as a Senior Fellow at the Center for High Impact Philanthropy, on the Board of Managers for Evergreen Lodge and Rush Creek Lodge, and the REDF Advisory Council. Melina graduated from Harvard University magna cum laude with an AB in Social Studies focusing on urban poverty and homelessness and holds an MBA and certificate in nonprofit management from the Stanford Graduate School of Business.
Many nonprofits and foundations are overlooking a critical source of insight into the relevance and impact of their work — the people they are ultimately seeking to help. How are those people experiencing programs and services? Are they being treated with respect? Is the work philanthropy is supporting meeting their needs and making a positive difference in their lives? This session will offer an inside look at Listen for Good (L4G), a national partnership of 94 funders and more than 200 nonprofits that is pioneering a new approach to creating simple, systematic, and rigorous feedback loops in the social sector. […]