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Adriana Rocha
Adriana Rocha
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Philanthropy Forward: Leadership for Change Fellowship

Philanthropy Forward is a CEO fellowship community for visionary leaders who center racial and gender justice and community power building to disrupt and transform the future of philanthropy. This collaborative program is designed and delivered by Neighborhood Funders Group and The Aspen Institute Forum for Community Solutions in collaboration with design consultants and facilitators.
 
This fellowship brings together CEOs of foundations who are already supporting racial and gender justice and community power building to make deeper change at the individual, organizational, and philanthropic field levels. Philanthropy Forward’s programming is rooted in the following frameworks:

  • Analysis: racial and gender justice, community power building
  • Leadership: liberated gatekeeping and accountability practices, strategic risk taking  for leading change

Hear more about Philanthropy Forward's impact as told by our first cohort fellows in this video. The impact and value of Philanthropy Forward is evident in these reflections from Fellows of our first and second cohorts:

“Philanthropy can be so isolating and it’s really hard in an institution to figure out what you can do. Belonging to a group of people helps keep you accountable, keep you feeling, keep you full with new ideas, and pushes you forward. [Philanthropy Forward] has been an experience that I’ve not had in my career and it is pretty special.”

“You all fueled my fire. This cohort centered me to be a leader, take risks and not to follow. I am grateful for it, and to you all. Deeply grateful.”
 
“This is what dismantling white supremacy and centering Black liberation looks like in philanthropy. Thank you deeply for your leadership and work in making this initiative happen even when it may have been painful or uncomfortable.”

Philanthropy Forward is a timely and necessary offering to catalyze funders who are working together to center racial and gender justice and community power building to disrupt and transform the future of philanthropy. For more information, please contact Adriana Rocha, President at Neighborhood Funders Group, at president [at] nfg.org.  

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Meet our program leaders.

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Viveka is a consultant and faciliator for Philanthropy Forward. She is an organizational development consultant, certified coach, facilitator and trainer. For over twenty years, she has worked for social justice across a spectrum of cultures, communities, movements and sectors.

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As a consultant and facilitator for Philanthropy Forward, Maura is passionate about developing leadership and management practices to energize and sustain social justice organizations. Maura takes a systems approach to working with leaders and organizations engaged in social change work.

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Michelle is a consultant and facilitator for Philanthropy Forward. She is a Leadership and Organizational Development Coach and Consultant who has partnered with numerous organizations including CompassPoint Nonprofit Services, NoVo Foundation, and Luminaire Group.

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Sheri is the Director for Strategic Partnerships at the Aspen Institute Forum for Community Solutions. She leads work on field building around collective impact, place based investment, community engagement and equity. She has extensive experience in capacity building, training, and consultation on policy and advocacy strategy.

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As President of Neighborhood Funders Group, Adriana mobilizes NFG's dynamic network to influence philanthropy and connect people, place & power to support thriving communities. She is a bold, visionary leader with expertise in place-based and movement-led grantmaking, organizational capacity building, and nonprofit management. 

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