Meet the Grantmakers - Online!


Enjoy this series of conversations with leaders from the world of philanthropy. Hear about the issues that concern you and that shape grantmaking today. Meet the people who understand what drives decisions at the top levels of philanthropic giving.

We think you'll be impressed and inspired by the panelists' commitment to their communities and their passion to work in partnership with dedicated nonprofit and government professionals achieving meaningful change. Come enjoy an hour that’s sure to offer new insights and lift your spirits.

Sign up now for Wednesday, August 21, 2024 at 11:00am Pacific to enjoy another wonderful event. These events are free!       

August 21, 2024  11am Pacific

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Khanh Russo, Vice President of Policy and Innovation, San Francisco Foundation, San Francisco, CA 

Founded in 1948, the San Francisco Foundation is one of the nation’s largest community foundations. It’s mission is to mobilize resources and act as a catalyst for change to build strong communities, foster civic leadership, and promote philanthropy in the San Francisco Bay Area. Together with community leaders, nonprofits, and donors, SFF is committed to advancing racial equity and economic inclusion to ensure that everyone in the Bay Area has a chance to get a good job, live in a safe and affordable home, and have a strong political voice.

Since 2022, Khanh Russo has served as the Vice President of Policy and Innovation at the San Francisco Foundation. In this role, he leads a policy & innovation agenda focused on accelerating racial equity, economic inclusion and systemic change towards a more just society. Khanh’s expertise focuses on advocacy, power building, grantmaking and public policy.

Previously, Khanh led San Jose Mayor Liccardo’s strategic initiatives focused on education, workforce development, innovation, performance management and budget. He also worked in the private sector leading social responsibility initiatives for Cisco Systems and Kaiser Permanente. Khanh received his MS in Public Policy and Management from Carnegie Mellon University and BS from Santa Clara University.


Tina Kuckkahn, J.D., Managing Director, NDN Collective, Rapid City, SD

NDN Collective: defends people, communities, and nations against negative resource extraction that poisons people, pollutes water, destroys land, contributes to climate change, and violates human rights; develops Indigenous communities in a regenerative and sustainable manner based on values and connection to land, culture and identity; and decolonizes minds, communities, and sovereign nations by increasing the ability to prosper through revitalizing Indigenous ceremonies, culture, languages and life ways to strengthen identity, and break free from oppressive systems. 

Tina Kuckkahn, J.D., is a citizen of the Lac du Flambeau Tribe of Lake Superior Chippewa and a descendant of the Lac Courte Oreilles Band of Lake Superior Chippewa Indians.  As the Managing Director for NDN Collective’s Foundation, Tina helps lead a holistic, multilingual grantmaking strategy for the international funding streams across Turtle Island and related Island Nations. Tina was the Founding Director of the s’gʷi gʷi ʔ altxʷ “House of Welcome” Longhouse Education and Cultural Center at The Evergreen State College, from 1996 until 2018, when she became Evergreen’s first Vice President of Indigenous Arts, Education and Tribal Relations. Tina serves on the Boards of Directors for Grantmakers in the Arts, the Waaswaaganing Living Arts and Cultures Center, and the Advisory Circle of the NARF-Morning Star Sacred Places Protection Project.


Phillip P. Lanham, CAP,®  President & CEO, Gulf Coast Foundation, Venice, FL

The notion of a community caring for its own is written into the organizational DNA of Gulf Coast Community Foundation. Since 1995, GCF has granted more than $550M in the areas of health and human services, civic and economic development, education, arts and culture, and the environment. Together with donors, GCF transforms the region through bold and proactive philanthropy, driven by a vision of thriving communities with opportunities for all, motivated by integrity, leadership, collaboration, and excellence.

Phillip P. Lanham assumed leadership of Gulf Coast Community Foundation in 2023, responsible for corporate strategy and programs, operations, and investments. Results-driven strategies highlight Phillip’s 20-plus year career. As chief philanthropy officer at the Greater Cincinnati Foundation, Phillip led the philanthropic partnerships team, providing strategic guidance for relationships with donors, nonprofits, businesses, and private foundations. 

He is a Charted Advisor in Philanthropy® and a member of the 21/64 Network, a cutting-edge nonprofit specializing in the next generation within family philanthropy. Phillip has served on the boards for: Advancement Network (for community foundations), National Underground Railroad Freedom Center, and Music Hall Revitalization Company. 

Phillip’s bachelor’s and MBA degrees from the University of Cincinnati, inspired his philanthropic career which includes 11 years dedicated to advancing the university’s philanthropic impact.



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Angela Richardson, Senior Trainer, The Grantsmanship Center

Angela brings more than 20 years' experience as a nonprofit program and fund developer, strategic planner, and organizational coach. As senior trainer, Angela has coached other trainers for The Grantsmanship Center and trained staff for nonprofit organizations, school districts, governments, faith-based organizations, and colleges and universities. She brings additional expertise in education and the arts, recently delivering a virtual workshop for Broward County Cultural Division, FL as part of the Business Skills for Creatives series. Angela has facilitated many in-person Meet-the-Grantmaker panels in Los Angeles for PROJECT GRANTSMANSHIP and for the City of Los Angles, city council members. Recently, Angela trained faculty and community-based nonprofit leaders as part of a Research Proposal Workshop sponsored by UCLA Health Sciences.




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WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 17, 2024 - Hartford Foundation for Public Giving, Collins Foundation, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana Foundation

WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 11 2023 - Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Greater Houston Community Foundation, The Lemelson Foundation

WEDNESDAY, JULY 12, 2023 - Elton John AIDS Foundation, POISE Foundation, Albuquerque Community Foundation

WEDNESDAY, MAY 10, 2023 - Lessard-Sams Outdoor Heritage Council, Washington Area Women's Foundation, Nebraska Community Foundation

WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 18, 2023 - Skillman Foundation, W.M. Keck Foundation, El Paso Community Foundation

WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 12, 2022 - Annenberg Foundation, Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan, Dyson Foundation

WEDNESDAY, JULY 13 2022 - Hawai'i Community Foundation, George Gund Foundation, Inasmuch Foundation

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 13, 2022 - Waco Foundation, Indian Health Service US, Liberty Hill Foundation

WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 19, 2022 - Evanston Community Foundation, Zilber Family Foundation, Oregon Wildlife Foundation

WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 27, 2021 - Foundation for the Mid South, Weingart Foundation, Richmond Memorial Health Foundation

WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 18, 2021 - Community Foundation of Greater Flint, Crail-Johnson Foundation, Open Society Foundations

WEDNESDAY, MAY 26, 2021 - Bush Foundation, David Bohnett Foundation, Chautauqua Region Community Foundation

WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 24, 2021 - Ralph M. Parsons Foundation, Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation, Vermont Community Foundation

WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 14, 2020 - L.A. Care Health Plan, Rochester Area Community Foundation, Missouri Foundation for Health

WEDNESDAY, JULY 29, 2020 - Coastal Community Foundation of South Carolina, Denver Foundation, David Geffen Foundation


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