The Open Society Foundations has named CAMILLA CROSO, a leading global advocate for the right to education, to lead its newly integrated education funding and advocacy work. Croso joins OSF from the Latin American Campaign for the Right to Education, where she was general coordinator. Based in Brazil, Croso led the campaign’s regional network, working for effective implementation of the right to education in eighteen Latin American countries. She also served on the board of directors of the Global Partnership for Education and served on the steering committee for the UNESCO’s Education 2030 framework.
The Minneapolis-based McKnight Foundation has named DAVID NICHOLSON as director of its new Vibrant & Equitable Communities (V&EC) program, effective September 8. In his new role, Nicholson, who joins the foundation from the Headwaters Foundation for Justice, will work closely with vice president of programs Kara Inae Carlisle, program officers Sarah Hernandez and Eric Muschler, director of program integration Erin Imon Gavin, and program and grants associate Renee Richie to create integrated programming in support of a more just and inclusive Minnesota.
The Scheer Foundation in Beverly Hills and Brisbane, Australia, has announced the appointment of MADELINE ("Maddy") CROSS-PARKIN as director of its Music Grants program. In that role, Cross-Perkins, an accomplished pianist currently following a cursus at the University of Queensland in Brisbane, will develop a strategic plan for the foundation’s music initiatives and will have the ultimate say in awarding grants to young artists. The foundation historically has awarded grants to organizations working to alleviate malnutrition but has recently expanded its scope to arts and music.
The HealthWell Foundation in Germantown, Maryland, has announced the appointment of CATHLEEN D. BENNETT, Esq., to its board of directors. Bennett has more than twenty-four years of experience in the health and human services field and currently serves as president and CEO of the New Jersey Hospital Association and its affiliates, the Health Research and Education Trust of New Jersey and Healthcare Business Solutions.
Wellcome Leap, an advanced projects nonprofit established by the UK-based Wellcome Trust to accelerate innovations that benefit global human health, has announced former U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) acting director KAIGHAM ("Ken") GABRIEL as its chief operating officer. In that role, Gabriel will oversee the operations of the Los Angeles-based organization as it undertakes unconventional programs and funds them at scale. With initial funding of $300 million, Leap’s programs will target complex human health challenges with the aim of achieving breakthrough scientific and technological solutions within a decade.
In other news, ADAM MEYERSON, former president of the Philanthropy Roundtable, has joined the board of the New York City-based National Review Institute. Myerson currently serves on the boards of the State Policy Network and DonorsTrust, and from 1993 to 2001 served as vice president for educational affairs at the Heritage Foundation. Prior to that, he was an editorial writer for the Wall Street Journal and editor of its "Manager's Journal" and "Asia" columns (1974-77) and managing editor of the American Spectator.
And the Community Foundation for Southern Arizona in Tucson has announced that CLINT MABIE will retire as president and CEO of the foundation on December 31. Mabie, who served as director of donor services and program development at the Chicago Community Trust for a decade before joining CFSA in 2010, has helped grow the foundation’s assets from $90 million to nearly $165 million. Under his leadership, the foundation also established and supported the African American Legacy Fund and Latino Community Fund; more than doubled the funding provided by CFSA's LGBTQ+ Alliance Fund; and created CFSA's Civic Leadership Award and the annual Buddy Amos Founders Award to highlight and recognize nonprofit founders in Southern Arizona who have provided inspirational leadership to the community and have demonstrated a commitment to diversity. With Mabie as president and CEO, the foundation also established partnerships with the MAP Dashboard, Pima Alliance for Animal Welfare, Nonprofit Loan Fund (now Growth Partners Arizona), and ELDER Alliance; implemented its CORE Grants Program and created several funds in response to the January 8, 2011, shootings in Tucson; and, most recently, established two COVID-19 Response Funds that have provided over $1.5 million in aid to Southern Arizona's nonprofit organizations. A search committee will be formed soon to help identify a new president and CEO for the foundation.