Jennifer Leith, The Alfred & Mary Douty Foundation

TITLE: Executive Director

FOCUS AREAS: Children & youth

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PROFILE: Jennifer Leith is the executive director of the Alfred & Mary Douty Foundation and the only staff member. She is joined by a seven-member board of directors. Leith is a nonprofit professional with over 15 years of experience working on economic and community development issues, housing, health care, and employment within under-represented communities of the Philadelphia region.

These are her current job duties:

  • Oversee and manage all administrative, programmatic and fiduciary functions of Philadelphia area private foundation committed to increasing opportunities within under-resourced communities, particularly for children and youth.
  • Direct all aspects of Douty twice-per-year grant program, which includes reviewing all grant applications, vetting for funding appropriateness, creating grant review tools and writing grant recommendations to Board of Directors.
  • Engage and cultivate relationships within the local philanthropic community in development of innovative methods to address issues related to mission.
  • Manage current grants and relationships with grantees and nonprofit/provider community at large.
  • Develop and write Requests for Proposals and maintain online application submission site.
  • Research innovative ‘best practices’ and incorporate into foundation’s responsive grant-making strategies.
  • Write content for all print and electronic media materials and maintain website.
  • Represent foundation at public meetings and through various public speaking engagements.
  • Lead community information sessions each grant cycle.

Her foundation bio shares:

Ms. Leith joined the Douty Foundation in 2012. She has many years of experience in the nonprofit community, both as a grantmaker and a grantseeker. Ms. Leith also spent two years in Mauritania, West Africa as a Peace Corps Volunteer. She is currently co-Chair of Philanthropy Network of Greater Philadelphia’s Small Funders Roundtable and is a Board member of the Women’s Opportunities Resource Center in Philadelphia.

An announcement about her hiring shared the following information:

Ms. Leith has over seven years of experience with grantmaking in Philadelphia focused on issues of equitable opportunity for marginalized communities and populations. She currently serves as Director of Grantmaking for WOMEN'S WAY and has held similar positions with the Homeless Assistance Fund and with Susan G. Komen for the Cure, Philadelphia. She began her professional career at the Philadelphia Unemployment Project working in development and on housing issues. Ms. Leith also spent two years in the Peace Corps as an Economic Development Volunteer in Mauritania, West Africa. She has a B.A. from Bucknell and an M.A. in history from Rutgers. A native of Philadelphia, she now lives in Ardmore with her husband and two young sons. She is an active volunteer with her neighborhood civic association and an avid runner.

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