Anne Murry Hileman, Connelly Foundation

TITLE: Senior Program Officer, Scholarships Program Coordinator

FUNDING AREAS: Early education, K-12 education, postsecondary education, professional development, and Catholic schools

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PROFILE: With two decades on the Connelly Foundation's program staff, Senior Program Officer Anne Murry Hileman has seen the foundation's commitment to learning evolve. She joined Connelly in 1995 as its strategy shifted to focus more on learning, and since then the education strategy has only gotten stronger. 

Connelly's education grants annually account for more than half of the giving at the foundation. And in terms of its support for early education, Connelly is a major player in Philadelphia.

One thing to keep in mind: The foundation's definition of education has a wide scope, including everything from traditional academic enrichment programs to learning opportunities for elder Philadelphians. This strategy can make it difficult for early ed groups to set themselves apart from the rest. Plus, Catholic schools —a focus of the foundation since its inception—continue to command a great deal of attention from Connelly. And in this realm she certainly knows of what she grants; prior to joining the Connelly Foundation, she served as Executive Director of Business Leadership Organized For Catholic Schools for more than eight years.