The multiple modern-day crises we’ve experienced have prompted many in our nonprofit sector to engage in new collaborations and deepen partnerships that can advance our collective impact in community. But what does it take for philanthropy and nonprofits to create conditions of trust within these collaborative efforts? Join us for a session that brings foundations and nonprofits together as we spotlight the voices and experiences of real nonprofit and philanthropy leaders who are embracing trust-based practices to enhance their organizations’ mission fulfillment. Through a lens of equity and the principles that trust-based philanthropy is built upon, we’ll explore the efforts of Hub ONE, a grantee-led collaboration initiative, as they offer actionable strategies and critical insights on cultivating and maintaining a trust-based ecosystem.
~ Navigating power dynamics and potentially difficult conversations.
~ How trust based philanthropy has contributed to Hub ONE’s ability to overcome the challenges of COVID 19 and serve the community in partnership with Stryker Johnston Foundation.
~ The current status, application and benefits of trust-based philanthropy and the work of the Trust Based Philanthropy Project, a national sector leader and partner.
Megan Johnson, executive director, Stryker Johnston Foundation
Megan Johnston leads the Stryker Johnston Foundation’s efforts to change the cycle of generational poverty in Kalamazoo County, Michigan, while utilizing a trust-based approach to grantmaking and partnerships. In this role, she calls upon her experience in the public service sector, where she spent over a decade focusing on youth development, poverty alleviation, and collaborative governance. Megan earned a Master of Public Administration from New York University, and a Bachelor of Science, summa cum laude, in Community and International Development from the University of Vermont.
Amy Kuchta, chief executive officer, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Southwest Michigan
Amy has over 25 years of experience in the nonprofit sector, focused on working with children to help them reach their full potential. She received her BS from John Carroll University in Cleveland, Ohio. Amy has experience working in residential treatment, foster care and youth development programming. Amy has served as the CEO of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Southwest Michigan for 7 years, and has expertise in best practices related to child safety and mentoring relationships.
Yolonda Lavender, grant program manager, Stryker Johnston Foundation
Yolonda Lavender is a Kalamazoo native and serves as the Stryker Johnston Foundation’s Grant Program Manager. Complimentary to her organizational role is her innovative thought leadership and community advocacy. Yolonda earned her undergraduate degree in Sociology with a focus in Nonprofit Leadership and a Master’s in Public Administration from Western Michigan University. Reimagining philanthropy has been a focus for Yolonda educationally and professionally.
Matt Lynn, chief executive officer, Boys & Girls Club of Greater Kalamazoo
Matt is a seasoned professional with over 25 years of experience in nonprofit organizational leadership, including 13 years as the Vice President of Community Impact with United Way of the Battle Creek and Kalamazoo Region prior to starting with Boys & Girls Clubs. Matt’s areas of expertise include driving community impact and measurable results against organization goals through the development, implementation, and execution of strategic plan objectives, while creating effective operating processes and procedures aligned to organization business plans and target financial & impact goals for achieved success.
Shaady Salehi, director, Trust-Based Philanthropy Project
Shaady Salehi is a strategist, facilitator, and network builder who has dedicated nearly two decades to the nonprofit sector. She currently serves as the director of the Trust-Based Philanthropy Project, a learning and advocacy initiative to make trust-based practices the norm in the philanthropic sector. She is also Principal and Founder of Skyview Strategies, a social impact consultancy for nonprofits, foundations, and changemakers. Her work in the nonprofit sector has spanned many roles -- from department head, to executive director, to board member.
Danielle Sielatycki, chief executive officer, Prevention Works
Danielle Sielatycki is the driving force behind turning Prevention Works into a valuable community asset for Kalamazoo residents. Danielle has had a lifelong passion for health. Making her way from the east side of the state to Kalamazoo and Western Michigan University, where she majored in Community Health. Soon after, she began her career as a Health Educator for the Van Buren County Health Department. In 1997, she took the position of CEO at Prevention Works and has led the organization for over 24 years.
Sarah Weishaar, chief executive officer, Impact Collective Group
Sarah Weishaar is CEO of Impact Collective Group, an advisory firm focused on helping business leaders maximize sustainability and effective impact. Prior to founding Impact Collective Group, Sarah spent over 15 years leading and growing organizations spanning many sectors, including healthcare, education, culture, international, economic and community development. Sarah holds an Executive Master’s degree in Philanthropic Studies and Nonprofit Management from The Lilly School of Philanthropy at Indiana University, a certificate in Sustainability through NYU Stern School of Business and two Bachelor’s degrees from the University of Michigan.
There is no cost to participate, but registration is required.
September 28, 2021 at 2:30 PM EDT