Monthly Archives: August 2011


Hewlett Foundation President Plans to Retire in 2012

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…


More Foundation CEO’s Start to Tweet

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’…


Council on Foundations Picks an Interim Leader

Jeff Clarke

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, sai…


Cummings Foundation Selects New Leader

Simon Greer

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 organ…