The Council on Foundations, a nonprofit leadership association of grantmaking foundations and corporations, has announced the appointment of Kathleen P. Enright as its president and CEO, effective March 5, 2019.
Since 2001, Enright has served as president and CEO of Grantmakers for Effective Organizations, a membership organization that works to promote smarter grantmaking and help nonprofits achieve better results. Under her leadership, the council will work to hone its focus on shaping the public view of philanthropy as a positive agent in advancing the public good, provide counsel with respect to public policy and foundation advocacy efforts, and develop and engage in national programs that add value in the current landscape, with a focus on giving its members more of the support they need to build and sustain a vibrant democratic society and create a more equitable world.
"Now is the right time to take stock of philanthropic and public policy trends, to look carefully at the role the Council on Foundations has played — and, most important, how we can strengthen that role moving forward," said Javier Soto, Council on Foundations board chair and president and CEO of the Miami Foundation. "Under our visionary new leadership, we can think expansively and creatively to make sure the council is prepared to play an even more vital, essential, and positive role in the years to come."
"The council must be a convener that builds trust and helps foundations have productive conversations about issues that defy easy answers, because that's how philanthropy will continue to make progress," said Enright. "I will lead the council collaboratively and with humility so that we are better positioned to both advance our mission and support our members as they work tirelessly to accomplish theirs."