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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE  

CONTACT:
Cheryl Loe
Communications Project Manager
The Foundation Center
(888) 356-0354 x701
communications@foundationcenter.org

Lisa Philp Named Vice President for Strategic Philanthropy and
Director of GrantCraft at the Foundation Center

New York, NY — June 22, 2011. Lisa Philp has been appointed vice president for strategic philanthropy and director of GrantCraft, a new position at the Foundation Center in New York City. Ms. Philp recently stepped down as managing director and global head of philanthropic services for the J.P. Morgan Private Bank in New York, where she oversaw $100+ million in annual grantmaking by 65 foundations and, with her team, advised several hundred major donors each year.

In her new position, beginning October 1, Ms. Philp will oversee GrantCraft — originally created by the Ford Foundation to help grantmakers hone their craft and be more effective — which became a joint project of the Foundation Center and the European Foundation Centre earlier this year. In this role, she will be responsible for overseeing GrantCraft's web site, the creation of training resources, and the development of new products with her counterpart Ms. Rosien Herweijer, recently named GrantCraft director by the European Foundation Centre, based in Brussels. As the Foundation Center's lead on strategic philanthropy, Ms. Philp will work with foundations, affinity groups, regional associations of grantmakers, donors and their advisors, and philanthropy intermediaries to help meet their needs for custom knowledge services that facilitate cooperation and working at scale on important social, economic, and environmental issues.

"Under Lisa's leadership, the Foundation Center is poised to expand and strengthen the strategic resources we provide to grantmakers globally," said Foundation Center President Bradford K. Smith. "Lisa's passionate commitment to social change, her extensive networks, and proven track record bode well for both the Foundation Center and the philanthropic community at large."

"I'm excited to tap into the Foundation Center's unparalleled combination of data, research, knowledge, and web-based technologies to help transform the practice of philanthropy," said Lisa Philp, "and to empower donors to be more strategic — through GrantCraft and other vital initiatives."

Prior to joining J.P. Morgan in 1998, Ms. Philp served as a program officer for youth development and education at the Robin Hood Foundation and as director of communications and government relations at Philanthropy New York. She has also held positions at several Washington, DC-based nonprofit organizations including the American Film Institute at the Kennedy Center, the National Forum for Black Public Administrators, the National Trust for Historic Preservation, and Public Technology, Inc.

Ms. Philp formerly served as chair of Asian Americans/Pacific Islanders in Philanthropy, as a vice chair of the New York Women's Foundation, and as a board member of Grantmakers for Children, Youth and Families. A frequent commentator on philanthropy matters in the press, she has also taught Master's level coursework on philanthropy as an adjunct professor at New York University.

Ms. Philp earned an M.B.A. in marketing and nonprofit management from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University and received her B.A. in Asian studies and economics from the University of Michigan. She recently completed a mid-career Revson Fellowship at Columbia University and is pursuing an M.A. in interdisciplinary studies in education at Teachers College.


About the Foundation Center
Established in 1956 and today supported by close to 550 foundations, the Foundation Center is the leading source of information about philanthropy worldwide. Through data, analysis, and training, it connects people who want to change the world to the resources they need to succeed. The Center maintains the most comprehensive database on U.S. and, increasingly, global grantmakers and their grants — a robust, accessible knowledge bank for the sector. It also operates research, education, and training programs designed to advance knowledge of philanthropy at every level. Thousands of people visit the Center's web site each day and are served in its five regional library/learning centers and its network of 450 funding information centers located in public libraries, community foundations, and educational institutions nationwide and beyond. For more information, please visit foundationcenter.org or call (212) 620-4230.

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