Emmett Carson, Silicon Valley Community Foundation

TITLE: CEO and President

FUNDING AREAS: Education, arts, and the environment

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PROFILE: Emmett D. Carson, PhD, founded the Silicon Valley Community Foundation (SVCF) in 2006, merging two of the largest community foundations in the world to do so. SVCF has $3 billion in assets, and Carson now oversees its work with donors and corporations while managing funds well. He continues to be the Bay Area's largest grantmaker—and the largest international grantmaker among community foundations in the United States.

His foundation bio shares: 

Emmett D. Carson, Ph.D., is the founding CEO of Silicon Valley Community Foundation and led the unprecedented merger of the two community foundations that created it. In the process, he has pioneered a new, 21st century community foundation model in which individuals and corporations can pursue their philanthropic dreams in Silicon Valley, across the nation and around the world. This new approach to giving explains SVCF’s remarkable growth in assets under management from $1.7 billion in 2007 to over $13.5 billion by the end of 2017. It also accounts for the inspiring generosity of SVCF’s donors, who have provided $5.6 billion in philanthropic capital to nonprofit organizations since 2007.

Before SVCF, Emmett had a distinguished 12-year career as CEO of The Minneapolis Foundation and, prior to that, was the first leader of the Ford Foundation’s U.S. and global grantmaking program on philanthropy and the nonprofit sector. An international thought leader in philanthropy and the nonprofit sector, he has published more than 100 works on philanthropy and is an authority on issues of social justice, public accountability and African American giving. He has been recognized by the Nonprofit Times as one of the most influential nonprofit leaders in the U.S. more times than any other person. Emmett is the recipient of honorary degrees from Indiana University, Morehouse College, Becker College and The National Hispanic University. He received both his master’s and Ph.D. degrees in public and international affairs from Princeton University and his bachelor’s degree in economics, Phi Beta Kappa, from Morehouse College.


P. Russell Hardin, Robert W. Woodruff Foundation

TITLE: President

FUNDING AREAS: Education, health, human welfare, the environment, community and economic development, philanthropy and volunteerism, and the arts

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PROFILE: An attorney by profession who received his law degree from Duke University, P. Russell Hardin has been with the Robert W. Woodruff Foundation since 1988. Beginning as secretary of the foundation, Hardin later became the foundation’s treasurer, then vice president. In 2006, Hardin became president of the Atlanta-based foundation, which was established in 1937 by Robert W. Woodruff, longtime chairman of the Coca-Cola Company projects.

His foundation bio shares: 

Russ joined the Foundations’ staff as Secretary in 1988, became Treasurer in 1989, Vice President in 1994, and President in 2006. Prior to joining the Foundations, Russ practiced law with King & Spalding and was associated with the Robinson-Humphrey Company. He currently serves as Chairman of the Foundation Center, trustee of Northwestern Mutual, and director of the Genuine Parts Company and the Commerce Club of Atlanta. He is a former board chair of the Southeastern Council of Foundations. Russ received his B.A. degree with high distinction from the University of Virginia in 1979, and his J.D. degree with honors from Duke University School of Law in 1982.

Lorie Slutsky, The New York Community Trust

TITLE: President

FUNDING AREAS: Children, youth, and families; community development and the environment; education, arts, and human justice; and health and people with special needs

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PROFILE: Lorie Slutsky has been president of the New York Community Trust (NYCT) since way back in 1990 after beginning her career there 13 years earlier, in 1977. Back then, she was a grantmaker with responsibility for education, housing, government and urban affairs, and neighborhood revitalization. She was then executive vice president for three years before ascending to her current position.

Here's her full bio on NYCT's own website:

Lorie is the president of The Trust where she began her career in 1977 as a grantmaker. She was named executive vice president in 1987, when she assumed responsibility for strategic planning, personnel and budget management, and oversight of all departments. 

Lorie received her B.A. from Colgate University, where she served for nine years as a trustee and chairman of the budget committee, and her M.A. from The New School, where she also was as a trustee. She sits on the Chief Judge’s Permanent Commission to Expand Access to Civil Legal Services in New York State. She was a member of the board of Independent Sector and co-chaired its Panel on the Nonprofit Sector. 

Lorie is a former board chairman of the Council on Foundations and BoardSource, and vice chairman of The Foundation Center. She also is a director of two for-profit companies: Alliance Bernstein Capital Management and AXA Equitable.