Paul Dinovitz, Hearst Foundations

TITLE: Executive Director

FUNDING AREAS: Education, health, culture, social services

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PROFILE: Paul Dinovitz (known as "Dino") joined the Hearst Foundations in 2005, originally vice president and western director, working from their San Francisco office. He later ascended to his current post as Executive Director of the Hearst Foundations, still operating out of their San Francisco headquarters.

Per the press release when Dinovitz was first hired by Hearst, here is his background:

Dinovitz began his career at Taft Broadcasting in 1970 as an account executive for WDAF-FM in Kansas City and later went on to serve as vice president & general manager of Columbus, Ohio's WTVN-TV. In 1985 he joined Hearst Broadcasting (now Hearst-Argyle Television, Inc.) as vice president & general manager of KMBC-TV in Kansas City. In 1996 Dinovitz assumed the same title at KCWB-TV, also in Kansas City, when Hearst resumed responsibility for operating that station. In 1997 he was promoted to president & general manager of both stations. After 13 years with KMBC, he left Kansas City to serve as president & general manager of KCRA-TV and KQCA-TV in Sacramento.


Mason Granger, Hearst Foundations

TITLE: Director of Grants

FUNDING AREAS: Culture, education, health, and social service

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PROFILE: Before Mason Granger became a full-time Hearst philanthropist in 2008, he was a Louisiana Hearst TV news exec with a heart of gold. His JAA Fordham speaker bio shares: 

Mason Granger is the director of grants of The Hearst Foundations in New York. He is the former president and general manager of WDSU-TV, the NBC affiliate in New Orleans, as well as the former executive vice president and general manager of WMC-TV and its companion radio stations, WMC-AM and WMC-FM, in Memphis.
Granger attended the University of Virginia (B.A.) and Columbia University (M.S.). Among other career experiences, he taught at Rhodes College in Memphis and served on the staff of Congressman Ed Koch prior to Koch's election as mayor of New York.
Granger is a member of the boards of directors of the National Corporate Theatre Fund and the Waterwell Theatre Company and is a former board member of the French Institute Alliance Francaise and the New York Foundation for the Arts.
The Hearst Foundations are national philanthropic resources for organizations working in the fields of culture, education, health, and social services. The Foundations identify and fund outstanding nonprofits to ensure that people of all backgrounds in the United States have the opportunity to build healthy, productive, and inspiring lives.
Since their inception in the 1940's, the Foundations have made more than 19,700 grants totaling more than $980 million.

David Fukuzawa, The Kresge Foundation

TITLE: Managing Director, Health

FUNDING AREAS: Access to healthcare, community health partnerships, food insecurity, and healthy housing and environments

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PROFILE: David Fukuzawa is the managing director of The Kresge Foundation's Health program. His foundation shares: 

David D. Fukuzawa, managing director of Kresge's Health and Human Services Programs, has more than 20 years of experience in philanthropy, with a special focus on children and youth.
His experience as a youth worker and community organizer in Detroit and Chicago taught him that health and well-being are profoundly affected by the condition of the communities, schools and environment in which people live. Those lessons inform the efforts he has led to re-envision and redesign Kresge’s approach to health grantmaking.
David joined Kresge in 2000 and has served as a program officer and senior program officer. In 2002, he helped develop the Special Opportunities Initiative. The initiative focused on building the capacity of high-impact organizations that reached underserved populations, but were uncompetitive in the foundation’s historic bricks-and-mortar challenge program. He then managed the initiative.
He was a program officer at The Skillman Foundation in Detroit from 1990 to 1999. At Skillman, David focused on child and youth health. He was responsible for a major initiative to address the lack of safe and accessible out-of-school opportunities for Detroit youth, a major factor in the city’s high incidence of violence, delinquency, substance abuse, and teen pregnancy. He also helped develop Michigan’s first statewide childhood immunization registry.
Before his career in philanthropy, David served as director of human needs at New Detroit, Inc. (NDI), where he was responsible for policy analysis and development, particularly in the areas of welfare reform and health care reform. He drafted NDI’s policy statement for health care reform and was NDI’s liaison to the Michigan Legislature regarding liability/tort reform and its effect on physicians in Detroit. He also administered a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation grant, which established the first school-based health centers in the Detroit Public Schools.
David moved to Detroit in 1981, fresh from seminary, to work with youth on the streets, where he learned firsthand about the roots of urban drug-related violence. That experience directly informed a booklet, which he co-wrote while at NDI titled Drug Free Neighborhoods: How we can do it.  The Michigan Substance Abuse and Traffic Safety Information Center reprinted the booklet in 1993 with a new title, Creating Drug Free Neighborhoods in Michigan: How we can do it.
A Yale University graduate, David also holds a master of divinity degree from Catholic Theological Union in Chicago and a master of science in administration degree from Central Michigan University. He has published articles about urban issues and population health, including “Achieving Healthy Communities through Community-centered Health Systems” in the Winter 2013 edition of National Civic Review.

Ligia Cravo, Hearst Foundations

TITLE: Senior Program Officer, New York

FUNDING AREAS: Education, health, culture, social services

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PROFILE: Like most funders, the Hearst Foundations support only a fraction of the grant proposals received, with the majority going to previous grantees. However, this leaves the door open for new proposals, and Ligia Cravo, a senior program officer at Hearst, is always open to funding new organizations that offer cutting-edge programs and projects.

Just ask the heads of the Mobile Symphony Organization in Mobile, Alabama, or the Rotunda Gallery in Brooklyn, New York. Both organizations received Hearst Foundation support for their arts education programs. In a recent year, Hearst awarded more than $11 million in arts-related grants, with much of the funding going to nationally established organizations such as the Lincoln Center, the Monterey Jazz Festival, and the National Gallery of Art. The Mobile Symphony, however, received $40,000 to support and expand its music education outreach. According to Cravo, the fact that the foundation awarded to grant to the symphony as a new recipient during sluggish economic times speaks well of the quality of its programs.

As for the Rotunda Gallery, which received $50,000 from Hearst for its teacher training workshops and in-school “Mini-Museums,” which introduce Brooklyn school children to contemporary art, Cravo called the gallery an organization that makes art come alive for public school students and that works well with local artists.

Stories such as those of Rotunda Gallery and the Mobile Symphony suggest that Cravo is the kind of funder looking for ideas that will stand out among the crowd of programs and projects­—the kinds of ideas that make a program officer think, “Aha! This organization is on to something new and different.”

That those ideas should be sustainable beyond the grant period goes without saying. They should make also make a lasting impression on the intended audiences. Arts and education programs should, for example, make a lasting impression on young people, stimulating a deep interest in art and music or providing students with the skills needed for success in a global society.

A part of the grantmaking team at Hearst since 1996, Cravo helps make funding recommendations across the foundations’ four main funding areas, which in addition to arts and culture include education, health, and social services. The Hearst Foundations have assets of more than $750 million and are national, independent philanthropies that operate separately from the Hearst Corporation. The foundations have headquarters in New York City and an office in San Francisco.

Cravo serves on the Leadership Council of the New York Foundation for the Arts and is a member of the Hispanics in Philanthropy (HIP) Aging Advisory Committee. She is a former Vice-Chair of HIP’s Board of Trustees and a former Chair of its National Funders’ Collaborative for Strong Latino Communities. She also has served on the Boards of the Brooklyn Philharmonic, the Brooklyn Youth Chorus, Women & Philanthropy, and the Center for Economic and Social Rights. She is also a former member of Philanthropy New York’s (formerly the New York Regional Association of Grantmakers’) Committee to Increase and Diversify Philanthropy, and of the Membership Committee of the Neighborhood Funders Group.

Cravo received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Mills College in 1986 and a Master of Science in social work administration from Columbia in 1991. She is fluent in Portuguese and has a working knowledge of French and Spanish. Prior to joining the Hearst Foundations, she worked with several nonprofit and philanthropic institutions, including Planned Parenthood Federation of America and the American Express Foundation.