September 25, 2020

In this episode, Rusty talks with Kathy Reich, who works at the Ford Foundation, and previously worked at the David and Lucile Packard Foundation. They discuss how, in each foundation, Kathy discovered the need to provide support to the staff of grantee organizations.
Listen in to hear more about:
  • Kathy’s journey in philanthropy and the non-profit workforce
  • What changed Kathy’s practices as a funder
  • Lessons learned with the David and Lucile Packard Foundation and impact on talent investing initiatives
  • The Values of Listening Deeply and more
  • Building trust and building relationships around the world with Ford Foundation and the BUILD program
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Kathy’s Bio:
Kathy Reich leads the Ford Foundation’s BUILD initiative, a 6-year, $1 billion effort to strengthen key social justice institutions around the world. BUILD is an essential part of the foundation’s strategy to reduce inequality, a strategy arising from the conviction that healthy civil society organizations are essential to driving and sustaining just, inclusive societies.
Before joining Ford in 2016, Kathy was director of organizational effectiveness and philanthropy at the David and Lucile Packard Foundation, where she led a cross-cutting program to help grantees around the world strengthen their strategy, leadership and impact. Previously she had served at the Packard Foundation as policy analyst and program officer. Prior to that, she was policy director at the Social Policy Action Network, served as a legislative assistant on Capitol Hill, and worked for state and local elected officials in California.
Kathy currently chairs the board of Grantmakers for Effective Organizations (GEO). She was selected as a Schusterman Fellow in 2016.
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