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Coffee and Conversation: Community Responsive Grantmakers

Friday, September 22, 2017 9:30 am - 11:00 am  ET
In-person | Cleveland, OH

How does a foundation respond to the changing needs of the communities it serves? Come hear from expert foundation managers who will discuss how they keep connected to current and potential grant recipients, and how they work to consistently improve their effectiveness.

Foundations must balance many factors to best serve their communities:  mission, donor intent, community need, and their trustees' interests and concerns.  Each of the panelists in this program work with foundations to ensure that they are making the strongest impact possible.

Come join the conversation:  learn their secrets and find out how you can be a helpful partner in their efforts.

Dave Holmes, Cleveland Lead at the Foundation Center Midwest, will moderate the discussion.  Panelists will include:

About the panelists:


Anne C. Goodman
Anne began work at Saint Luke’s Foundation as President and CEO in August 2014. As the Foundation’s third CEO since its founding in 1997, her responsibilities include developing and implementing policies, procedures and practices that reflect the Foundation’s priorities of Healthy People, A Strong Neighborhood and Resilient Families. Before joining the Foundation, Anne served as President and CEO of the Greater Cleveland Food Bank since 1999. She has also held various leadership roles with the Greater Chicago Food Depository. Additionally, Anne worked with Family Focus in Chicago, and she served as a legislative aide to Congressman James J. Florio of New Jersey. Anne is a member of the board of In Counsel With Women, The Fund for our Economic Future and the Greater University Circle Partnership. Additionally, she serves on the John Carroll University Nonprofit Administration Program advisory board.Anne has a master’s degree in Social Service Administration from the University of Chicago and a bachelor’s degree from the University of New Hampshire. She resides in Shaker Heights with her husband and two children.


Cristin N. Slesh
Cristin has worked with the nonprofit community for over 20 years, as both a consultant to philanthropy and a professional in nonprofit organizations. Cristin joined Foundation Management Services (FMS) in 1999 as an Associate evaluating grant requests and matching them to client funding priorities. She became President in 2007, and now oversees office operations and manages client relations. Cristin is a member of the Philanthropy Ohio’s Northeast Ohio Advisory Committee and the Fund for Our Economic Future Funders Committee, and represents FMS and its clients at numerous other community-wide meetings and committees (Cuyahoga County Youth Funders, CMSD Arts Education Funders, etc.) Prior to joining FMS, she was the director of communications/public relations for the Orange Schools and the communications manager in the development office at the Center for Families and Children (now The Centers). She also spent several years in the development office of Thompson Hine. Cristin is a graduate of the Newhouse School of Communications at Syracuse University.


Sherri Clancy
Sherri joined FMS in 2009. Prior to that, she spent 13 years serving in program and fund development positions with Cleveland nonprofits. She served as the Development Director of Goodrich-Gannett Neighborhood Center and as the Senior Manager of Development and Marketing for ParkWorks, now LandStudio. Sherri’s introduction to Cleveland’s philanthropic community came when working for The Cleveland Bicentennial Commission in 1996 which left her with a strong appreciation of the city’s history and generous philanthropic spirit. She is a graduate of Kent State University with a B.A. in Speech Communications. Sherri serves on the United Way Income Impact Committee and is a member of Philanthropy Ohio.

About the Organizations:

Foundation Management Services personalizes its grant-making services for private independent and family foundations. The FMS goal is to help donors define and achieve their philanthropic visions and maximize the impact of their philanthropic efforts.Clients include a diverse group of private funding organizations, each with unique histories, philosophies and operating styles, that all share a common interest in improving the community through effective charitable giving. Among FMS's current clients are: The Abington Foundation, Eva L. and Joseph M. Bruening Foundation, Thomas H. White Foundation, and Woodruff Foundation.

Saint Luke's Foundation is dedicated to improving and transforming social and physical conditions in their neighborhood and improving the health and well-being of individuals and families in Greater Cleveland. The Foundation's program strategy framework positions them to build sustainable solutions to key issues that impact the community. Since 1997, when it was established with the charitable assets of the Saint Luke’s Medical Center, the Foundation has awarded more than $98 million in grants.

Space is limited.  Register using the links below or by calling 216-861-1933 x325. 


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Cleveland, OH 44115

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