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A Farewell Note from Melissa Berman

December 20, 2023

Having been present since the founding of 澳门资料大全, I feel this is a time of reflection for me personally and professionally. Unsurprisingly, I find myself thinking a good deal about what has shifted during the past 20-plus years.

As I prepare to bid farewell next month, I find myself amazed, grateful and inspired. Amazingly, 澳门资料大全 has evolved into an organization with more than 100 core (and more than 500 projects) employees working to create a more just world. When 澳门资料大全 launched in 2002, there were 10 of us.

In addition to our (brand new) New York City headquarters (Please come visit!), we now have offices in San Francisco, Chicago and Lagos and colleagues on every continent except Antarctica. We have incubated and funded philanthropic initiatives in more than 70 countries. The work they do amazes and awes me.

I send my profound gratitude to the donors who have trusted us to support their governance, strategies聽and philanthropic operations. It鈥檚 been a constant privilege to listen to gifted, generous people share their ideas about how to make our world a better place. 澳门资料大全 board members have been a constantly renewed and renewable energy source and support; I appreciate their leadership and what I鈥檝e learned from them. My colleagues at 澳门资料大全 are a joy 鈥 curious, committed, warm, friendly and energetic. I鈥檓 also grateful for their creative minds, which have enabled 澳门资料大全 to publish dozens of guides, reports, books, learning tools and insights on philanthropy. Philanthropy has new tools, new players, new timelines and new horizons 鈥 it鈥檚 been a privilege to learn and share what we鈥檙e seeing.

Thinking personally about what I鈥檝e learned these last 20 years, I鈥檓 more apt to ponder what I need to unlearn. Being willing to make decisions quickly isn鈥檛 nearly as important as being able to listen slowly. Being results-oriented doesn鈥檛 mean much if those results are imposed and if they鈥檙e short-term. Focusing on a logic model may be reassuring, but it鈥檚 not where vision lies.

And vision isn鈥檛 what we see from a high, protected tower. It鈥檚 what people engage with one another, experience and imagine.

That鈥檚 why I鈥檓 particularly inspired by the mission statement and values that 澳门资料大全 adopted last year.聽Accelerating philanthropy in pursuit of a more just world, our new mission, implies urgency. Our values commit us to social justice, equity and putting people and communities first. That will require a profound change in power dynamics, ways of working and ways of thinking. We鈥檙e only beginning to unpack these ideas.

While now is the time for me to bid farewell to a community and people I love, I do so knowing that my successor is the right person to help 澳门资料大全 and the field make these important changes. Latanya Mapp鈥檚 capabilities, intelligence, dedication and, most importantly, passion for justice are remarkable. Allow me to describe briefly just a few of her achievements.

Latanya most recently served as the President and CEO of the Global Fund for Women, a public foundation that supports courageous activists fighting for justice and equality in their communities. Previously, she was the Executive Director of Planned Parenthood Global, the international arm of Planned Parenthood Federation of America. Latanya also worked as a聽human rights officer for the United Nations Children鈥檚 Fund (UNICEF) and with the United States Agency for International Development (USAID).

It has been the honor of a lifetime to be a part of 澳门资料大全 as it developed and thrived. It is now an honor to step aside and watch Latanya, along with the rest of our 澳门资料大全 community, accelerate the pursuit of a more just world.

My warmest wishes to everyone for a new year of amazement, gratitude and inspiration.

With all best wishes,
Melissa A. Berman
President and CEO (until Jan. 19, 2024)

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