Congratulations to Jane Alexander, President and CEO of the Community Foundation for Mississippi, for recently being named to the Council on Foundation’s Community Foundation Advisory Group! The group assists the Council with strategic decisions related to the community foundation field, represents the interests of their peers across the country and elevates the issues of most importance to the sector. This year’s advisory group will be co-chaired by Kristi Knous, President of the Community Foundation of Greater Des Moines, and Heather Peeler, President and CEO of ACT for Alexandria.
“The Council on Foundations has always provided great leadership in philanthropy and this new advisory group shows that its commitment to excellence will touch communities small and large, across the country,” said Alexander. “I am thrilled to be working with colleagues under the leadership of Kristi and Heather.”
The cohort provides a new mechanism for community foundation leaders to collaboratively influence the Council’s programs, resources, and services for community foundations, which represent the largest segment of Council membership.
“The rigorous selection process for this group fielded nearly 50 applications of extraordinary quality for a final cohort of 15 leaders,” said Kathleen Enright, Council on Foundations President & CEO, to members this week. “We were intentional in our selection process to ensure broad representation across multiple dimensions of diversity and to establish a group that embodies the many ways in which community foundations and communities served are different.”
This group will also assist the Council on important work, such as ensuring an equitable approach to the design of community philanthropy work, including the 2023 Leading Locally: The Power of Place-Based and Community Philanthropy conference.