Strategies to Achieve Social Impact
TCC Group Strategy Programs/Grants Management Capacity Building Evaluation

Ashley Blanchard

Ashley Blanchard Affiliate Consultant

Education: BA: Stanford University, in Anthropology and Latin American Studies, MPP: University of California, Berkley, Goldman School of Public Policy

Ashley Blanchard works with foundations on matters of strategy, operations and governance. She joined TCC Group in 2004 as a consultant in the firm’s Philanthropy practice; from 2012-2016, she was the Associate Director of Philanthropy, where she focused on strategic planning for foundations.

In her planning work, Ashley helps clients determine their mission, values and programmatic goals, and establish the governance and operations to achieve them. She has provided planning assistance to numerous family, private, health, operating, and community foundations, including:

Family Foundations

  • William Penn Foundation
  • Robert H.N. Ho Family Foundation
  • Benton Foundation
  • T.L.L. Temple Family Foundation
  • Goldsbury Foundation

Private Foundations

  • Ford Foundation
  • Margaret A. Cargill Philanthropies
  • John R. Oishie Foundation
  • Open Society Foundations
  • Knight Foundation

Community and Other Public Foundations

  • Community Foundation for Greater Buffalo
  • Erie Community Foundation
  • Community Foundation of Western North Carolina
  • Washington Area Women’s Foundation

Health Foundations

  • St. David’s Foundation
  • Space Coast Health Foundation
  • Kessler Foundation
  • Greater Rochester Health Foundation

Operating Foundations (most family foundations)

  • Jack Kent Cooke Foundation
  • Johnson Art and Education Foundation
  • Johnny Morris Foundation
  • Lincoln Institute for Land Policy

In addition to her strategic planning work, Ashley provides ongoing management and governance assistance to family foundations. In this capacity, she runs next generation programs, addresses governance matters, helps develop programmatic strategy, and oversees operations.

Along with her primary focus on philanthropies, Ashley has also provided strategic planning and governance assistance to numerous nonprofits, such as the Human Services Council, National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy, Girls Inc., Roosevelt Institute, and Institute for Advanced Study.

Ashley has presented at numerous conferences and workshops on a variety of topics relating to foundation governance and family philanthropy. Recent presentations include:

  • “2016 Trustee Education Institute” plenary speaker (National Center for Family Philanthropy, March 2016);
  • “Pulled Two Ways: Finding the Balance Between Strategic and Reactive Grantmaking” (Council of Michigan Foundations Tri-State Community Foundation Webinar Series, February 2016);
  • “Trustee Essentials” (Exponent Philanthropy Connect conference, October 2015);
  • “Building a Collaborative Culture” (Grantmakers for Effective Organizations Collaboration Conference plenary speaker, November 2015);
  • “Fostering a Learning Culture in Family Philanthropy” (National Center for Family Philanthropy Forum, October 2015);
  • “Generational Transitions in Family Philanthropy” (Advisors in Philanthropy, 2014);
  • “Women Leading in Family Philanthropy” (Women’s Institute of Philanthropy, 2014);
  • “Strategic Family Philanthropy” (Southern California Grantmakers, 2010);
  • “Succession Planning: Planning for Leadership Change Before it Happens” (Council on Foundations Webinar, 2009);
  • “Maximizing Your Family Foundation’s Effectiveness” (National Center for Family Philanthropy conference, 2008);
  • “Engaging the Next Generation” (Council on Foundation’s Family Philanthropy Conference, 2007).

Ashley served on the board of the Ms. Foundation for Women from 2008-2016, and is the Vice Chair of the Hill-Snowdon Foundation. Hill-Snowdon is a Washington-DC based family foundation which strives to create a fair and just society by supporting community organizing among low-income families and communities. Ashley is the former board chair and a fourth-generation family member.

Ashley is a graduate of Stanford University and the Goldman School of Public Policy at the University of California, Berkeley, where she completed her Master’s Degree in Public Policy. She lives in New York City with her husband and two children.

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