July 19, 2020

“At their best, arts and culture organizations help us experience joy, connect with one another, celebrate our shared humanity, and reckon with difficult truths. The arts can create spaces for grieving — and for healing. Our communities will need all of that as we weat...

August 2, 2019

So long as Virginians allow the Lost Cause narrative to define and divide us, we remain trapped in the past.

March 28, 2019

Like many newly elected chairs, I was honored but also viewed the responsibility with trepidation. I had led committees and advisory groups, but had never chaired a “real” board. And it wasn’t just any board — it was BoardSource — a national organization that aims to s...

February 23, 2019

Boards that are serious about diversity need to prepare themselves for a conversation and a self-examination that is much broader than brainstorming about how to get more people of color, people with differing abilities, or broader age representation onto the board. Di...

January 19, 2019

Several months ago, I met with the governance committee of an all-white board that was considering me as a potential facilitator for their annual board retreat. One of their goals was to develop a plan to increase board diversity.

December 30, 2018

When I first began thinking about leaving institutional philanthropy, friends warned me that I needed to be prepared for my life to change. Foundation executives are routinely sought out for their insights and complimented on their thoughtfulness. Emails and phone ca...

February 14, 2018

“Checkbook philanthropist” has become a pejorative, and that’s a shame. Simply writing checks to effective organizations doing important work can be an honorable approach to philanthropy and doesn’t have to be mindless, haphazard, or ineffectual. Checkbook philanthropy...

January 10, 2018

This piece was first posted on this blog on February 23, 2017 and was updated and republished in the Chronicle of Philanthropy on January 9, 2018.

This past fall, a new study announced that 84 percent of board members and 90 percent of board chairs were white. And at le...

September 19, 2017

Since moving back to Virginia’s Shenandoah Valley a few months ago, I’ve been noticing how things have changed in the nearly three decades I’ve been away — changes that a tourist or weekend visitor might miss, but that jump out at someone who grew up here.

Before I get...

August 8, 2017

I’m writing this post from my home in Staunton, Virginia (the town where I was born, about three hours south of DC in the Shenandoah Valley). The birds are noisy this morning, the sun is shining through the trees, and from my upstairs deck I have a panoramic view of th...

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