Colleen Mitchell

Get to Know Colleen:

Colleen serves as the founder and principal of VENTURE3Philanthropy LLC, a leading global philanthropic advisory firm committed to delivering new giving strategies for social impact. VENTURE3Philanthropy’s clients and service offerings also include a faith-based, Catholic giving focus. Colleen’s expertise as a global philanthropic advisor is distinct, utilizing a comprehensive three-sector lens of public, private and social sectors in her service experience. Colleen has led several private and operating foundations within the social sector, including Whirlpool Foundation, IMCERA Group Foundation, and the NorthShore Foundation. She has also served her hometown community foundation, The Columbus Foundation. Her extensive multi-sector experience includes public sector work on Capitol Hill in a bi-partisan caucus, and global P & L responsibilities in the private sector in brand, marketing, and sales leadership for KitchenAid Appliances, Bose Corporation and Jabra Bluetooth Headsets.

Areas of Expertise:

  • Strategic planning and giving strategies
  • Multi-generational family philanthropy engagement/preparing heirs
  • Donor stewardship experiences
  • Gift agreements
  • Grant due diligence
  • Faith-based giving approaches and the interior journey
  • Corporate social responsibility
  • Signature impact initiatives

Foundation Experience:

  • Dorothy A. Johnson Center for Philanthropy
  • Fetzer Institute
  • Grand Haven Area Community Foundation
  • Granger Foundation
  • The Hagerman Foundation
  • Laidlaw Foundation
  • Mission Throttle
  • Paine Family Foundation
  • Rotary Charities of Traverse City
  • Steelcase Foundation
  • Walters Family Foundation
  • Whirlpool Foundation
  • Other Family Foundations and Donor-advised Funds

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