I no longer feel alone in this work. I feel the love and support of a community that truly stands behind me, encouraging me to be a smarter organizer and a bolder advocate in our sector. After Harmony, I am equipped with the knowledge, tools, and language to push a philanthropic agenda (inside and outside my Foundation) that puts people and grassroots voices at the center of our work.
-Masha Chernyak, VP of Programs and Policy, Latino Community Foundation
To learn more about future Harmony West cohorts, please fill out the interest form.
If you have questions, or if you would like to bring components of the Harmony initiative to your organization, please visit our Consulting and Coaching page and/or contact Rachel Humphrey, Program Director at firstname.lastname@example.org.
In 2019, Justice Funders will launch 2 additoinal cohorts of the Harmony Initiative:
Designed by and for grantmakers, the program’s curriculum follows six common steps in the grantmaking cycle (strategy development; outreach and application; due diligence; making the case; award and implementation; and evaluation and learning) and investigates the competencies needed at each step.
Guest speakers and faculty bring on-the-ground expertise and knowledge from years in the field. Past guest speakers and trainers have included:
There are 4 retreats for each Harmony cohort:
As a small, cohort based program, 100% active participation is required. To enable participation from grantmaking institutions of all sizes, tuition fees are sliding scale, based on annual organizational grantmaking budget.
The program is appropriate for philanthropic professionals of all levels who are directly responsible for grantmaking and seek an opportunity for reflection and learning in community. The Harmony Initiative is equally applicable for those looking to improve on current philanthropic practice as those looking to innovate how philanthropy is done.
Participating in Harmony helped me understand philanthropy’s challenges– and gave me the tools and confidence to tackle those challenges. I emerged from the program both committed to and excited about my work in philanthropy.
-Alex Desautels, The California Endowment
Being part of the Harmony Initiative helped me feel grounded and connected to other progressive people in philanthropy. Each gathering built on the next, and before long I understood how grant making can happen in more transformational ways.
-Esperanza Tervalon Garrett, Groundswell Fund
Class of 2017-2018
Sepi Aghdaee, Fellow, The San Francisco Foundation
Ashley Clark, Knowledge and Grants Manager, The Libra Foundation
JC De Vera, Fellow, The San Francisco Foundation
Sara Dronkers, Director of Grantmaking, Humboldt Area Foundation
Daisee Francour, Fellow and Bay Area Program Officer, The Christensen Fund
Annelise Grimm, Program Officer, James Irvine Foundation
Adriana Grino, Program Officer, Kenneth Rainin Foundation
Caitlin Hamood, Program Officer, Chorus Foundation
Fernande Legros, Program Officer, Full Circle Fund
Allistair Mallillin, Program Officer, Common Counsel Foundation
Rena Meyers-Dahlkamp, Program Manager, Conflict Transformation Fund
David Moy, Senior Program Officer, Hyams Foundation
Michelle Myles Chambers, FAITHS Program Manager, The San Francisco Foundation
Maisha Quint, Fellow, The San Francisco Foundation
Jasjit Singh Dhanoa, Fellow, The San Francisco Foundation
Class of 2016-2017
Galina Angarova, Program Officer, Swift Foundation
Diana Chao, Program Coordinator, Xelay Foundation
Masha Chernyak, Vice President of Programs and Policy, Latino Community Foundation
Katie Fahey, Program Officer, Kenneth Rainin Foundation
Kailyn FitzGerald, Program Officer, Sobrato Family Foundation
Iris Garcia, Learning and Impact Program Officer, Akonadi Foundation
Heather Masaki, Grants Coordinator, Thousand Currents (formerly IDEX)
Jake Mogan, Program Associate, The 11th Hour Project
Elaine Mui, Grants and Operations Manager, General Service Foundation
Lorraine Ramirez, Program Manager, Neighborhood Funders Group
Jennifer Root, Northern California Political Director, SEIU Local 2015
Jazmin Segura, Fellow, The San Francisco Foundation
Elizabeth Wampler, Initiative Officer, Great Communities Collaborative, The San Francisco Foundation
Cassandra Zawilski, Program Assistant, McKenzie Foundation
Alexandra Desautels, Program Manager, The California Endowment
Bessma Mourad, Program Officer, Skoll Global Threats Fund
Esperanza Tervalon-Garrett, Director of Strategic Partnerships and Initiatives, Groundswell Fund
Jose Carmona, Program Director, The Energy Foundation
Kathryn Gilje, Executive Director, Ceres Trust
Marissa Tirona, Director, Blue Shield Against Violence, Blue Shield of California Foundation
Michael Roberts, Program Manager, The 11th Hour Project
Padmini Parthasarathy, Program Director, The California Wellness Foundation
Shalini Iyer, Director of Programs, Metta Fund
Valeria Velazquez, Program Manager, Neighborhood Funders Group
Zach McRae, Program Associate, The San Francisco Foundation