Monthly Archives: August 2011
August 29, 2011, 12:43 pm
Paul Brest, who has led the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation since 1999, announced on Friday that he will retire from the position next year.
Mr. Brest, a former dean of Stanford Law School, said in a message on Hewlett’s Web site that he had decided the time was right to step down.
“Next summer I will turn 72, the age at which Hewlett board members (including the president) have traditionally retired,” he said. “After 12 years as president, I am planning to leave the foundation to return to teaching.”
In the message, Mr. Brest said that the foundation had created a search committee and that a new president would probably be named during the first half of next year. Mr. Brest plans to remain in the post until that time.
During his tenure at the Menlo Park, Calif., organization, Mr. Brest focused on strengthening the field of philanthropy.
In addition to serving as…
August 26, 2011, 10:55 am
While it certainly hasn’t reached a tipping point, the number of foundation chief executives using Twitter is growing—slowly.
Jeffrey Raikes, chief executive of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, started tweeting as @jeffraikes last month. His boss, Bill Gates, has been on Twitter since January 2010.
Mr. Raikes’s Twitter posts have shared Warren Buffett’s much-discussed New York Times opinion piece about raising taxes on the super-rich, plugged Bono and his One Campaign, and praised Romania’s efforts to end polio.
James Knickman (@jimknickman), head of the New York State Health Foundation, signed on recently. Alberto Ibarguen (@ibarguen), of the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, and Risa Lavizzo-Mourey (@risalavizzo), of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, are tweeting their way to significant numbers of “followers”—2,098 and 1,181, respectively, as of Friday…
August 8, 2011, 8:24 pm
The Council on Foundations announced today that Jeff Clarke, a veteran grant maker, will take over as interim president on September 1.
Mr. Clarke serves as a senior fellow at the Rasmuson Foundation, in Anchorage. He previously worked for nine years as the Alaska foundation’s vice president.
“Jeff Clarke is a well-known and widely respected philanthropic leader with strong management expertise and a proven track record in the field,” Carol Larson, who chairs the council’s board, said in a statement. “His experience and vision will be tremendous assets to the council.”
Mr. Clarke will succeed Steve Gunderson, who announced last month that he plans to resign in September. Mr. Gunderson has led the Washington association of grant makers for the past six years.
During that time…
August 1, 2011, 11:04 am
The Nathan Cummings Foundation, a $440-million fund that supports arts, environment, health, Jewish life, and social-justice causes, has selected Simon Greer as its new leader.
Mr. Greer, 42, currently serves as chief executive of Jewish Funds for Justice, a post he has held since 2005. He will take the helm of the Cummings foundation upon the retirement of its current leader, Lance Lindblom. Mr. Lindblom is scheduled to retire on December 31, capping a decade of service to the organization.
Mr. Greer, who comes to his new job after more than 20 years working in social-change groups and as a labor and community organizer, including a stint as executive director of New York Jobs With Justice, and as founder of Jews United for Justice, a Washington group.
“Simon is bold, collaborative,…