Network Call: Working with funders

Wednesday, September 2, 2015 - 12:30pm




WebEx Meeting Center

Have you ever asked yourself:

  • What kinds of foundations might support my work?
  • What is the strategic role of foundation funding?
  • How should I approach foundations?
  • What are the best kinds of projects to present to foundations?

The Robert & Patricia Switzer Foundation is offering a networking call on working with funders. Our networking calls provide an informal way for Fellows and their colleagues to connect with each other on topics that directly inform their work.

Executive Director Lissa Widoff with start our call with an overview of the types of foundations out there, typical requests made of foundations, and general foundation strategies.

Panelists will provide a brief overview of their funding programs and address:

  • Tips for good proposals
  • Tips for reaching out to new foundations
  • Developing a context for your work
  • Ways in which funders collaborate/ ways in which funders expect grantseeker collaboration
  • Examples of funding strategies
  • Likelihood of multiyear grants

TO REGISTER FOR THIS CALL please email Lauren Hertel.


2000 Fellow
Program Director, Compton Foundation
Board Chair, Robert & Patricia Switzer Foundation
During her tenure at the Foundation, she has led on strategy and grantmaking in the fields of fresh water, climate change, and rural conservation in the western United States, as well as art for social change and sustainable food systems. She has been working on sustainability issues for more than two decades, with a focus on natural resource-based economies and collaborative decision-making. Prior to joining Compton, Jen worked on a variety of community-led projects in California, Montana, and the Pacific Northwest. She conducted post-doctoral research on sustainable food and farming, and completed her PhD at UC Berkeley in Environmental Science, Policy, and Management. She chairs the board of Switzer Foundation, and serves on the board of the Consultative Group for Biological Diversity and the advisory board for Carpe Diem West. 
2001 Fellow
Associate Professor at Occidental College
Board member, Jessie Smith Noyes Foundation (past Chair)
Board member, Human Impact Partners
Martha's teaching and research focuses on environmental justice, community organizing and leadership development, urban policy, environmental movement history, and community-based research methods. Her current research focuses on role of community-based organizations in policy, planning, organizing, and advocacy related to ports and freight transportation. She directs the Moving Forward Network, a nationwide network focused on transforming freight transportation to improve public health, quality of life, environmental integrity, labor conditions, and environmental justice. Her new research area focuses on gentrification and displacement. Martha received her Ph.D. in Urban Planning from UCLA, a Masters in City Planning from UC Berkeley, and an A.B. from Occidental College.
2010 Fellow
Program Officer, Agrobiodiversity and Resilient Biocultural Landscapes at The Christensen Fund
Kyra works with the Global Program and partners in all six regions to support Indigenous innovation in food, land and livelihood processes. Prior to joining the Christensen Fund, Kyra fostered local food sovereignty for over a decade. Alongside the Alternative Agriculture Network of Thailand and Educational Network for Global and Grassroots Exchange, she worked on successful initiatives to certify and import Fair Trade Thai jasmine rice to the U.S. and to prevent an inequitable U.S.-Thai free trade agreement. With the White Earth Land Recovery Project in northern Minnesota, Kyra spearheaded the nation’s first Indigenous farm-to-school program and managed a culturally appropriate food delivery program for diabetic elders on the White Earth Reservation. She has represented the Republic of Maldives in international climate change negotiations and has worked with the US Environmental Protection Agency promoting tribal water quality standards. Kyra holds a Master’s degree in Social Ecology of Conservation and Development from the Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies, where she wrote her thesis on the Kuna’s groundbreaking biocultural curriculum in Kuna Yala, Panama. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science and Environmental and Social Justice from Indiana University. Kyra is fluent in English and Thai and conversant in French and Spanish.

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