Advancing Responsive Philanthropy

To promote a more social justice-minded approach to philanthropy, many funders are seeking opportunities to uphold diversity and equity in their work. In this panel, we’ll speak with funders, practitioners, and organizations about approaches to empowering marginalized communities and providing greater ownership to grassroots efforts. How can the lessons learned by these organizations help inspire a more responsive and inclusive sector? Our conversation will have a special focus on racial and economic justice, and issues facing the indigenous and LGBTQ communities


Storme Gray: Director of Programs, Emerging Practitioners in Philanthropy

Andrea Lynch: Principal, A. E. Lynch Consulting

Marco Antonio Quiroga: Contigo Fund Program Director, Our Fund Foundation

Edgar Villanueva: Vice President of Programs and Advocacy, Schott Foundation for Public Education

Rye Young: Executive Director, Third Wave Fund


Kate Cooney: Lecturer in Social Enterprise and Management, Yale School of Management

Panelist Bios:

Storme Gray is Director of Programs at Emerging Practitioners in Philanthropy, where she leads EPIP's professional and leadership development portfolio. Prior to joining EPIP, Storme was a Program Officer at the Washington Area Women’s Foundation, where she developed programs serving young women and girls of color. Chief among these was the foundation’s Young Women’s Initiative, a city-wide effort to improve educational, economic, and life outcomes for cis and trans young women, girls, and gender non-conforming youth of color. 

Storme possesses a wealth of knowledge gained from over ten years of philanthropic and nonprofit experience. She’s worked for family foundations, operating foundations, and national infrastructure organizations such as the Council on Foundations. In both her professional and personal life, Storme remains committed to advancing equity. In her spare time, she serves on the board of Women of the Dream, a nonprofit organization in Camden, NJ that educates and empowers socially and economically disadvantaged girls.


Andrea Lynch is an independent consultant for nonprofit, social justice, and philanthropic organizations. Her consulting practice, A.E. Lynch Consulting, provides strategy, research, and facilitation support to activists, grantmakers, and leaders seeking not only to work more sustainably and effectively, but also to align their work more closely with their values and their vision for change. Prior to launching her consulting practice, Andrea was a program officer at the Foundation for a Just Society, where she played a key role in developing the foundation’s programs and oversaw grantmaking to organizations working to advance the rights of marginalized women, girls, and LGBTQI people in the U.S. South and Francophone West Africa. She has over 15 years of professional experience in grantmaking, program development, fundraising, and communications, and is committed to supporting intersectional approaches to social justice and human rights that place the leadership and priorities of women, young people, LGBTQ people, people of color, and people who live at the intersections of these identities at the center of the change process. Andrea holds a bachelor's degree in English from Yale University, and an master's degree in Participation, Power, and Social Change from the Institute for Development Studies at the University of Sussex. She is currently consulting for the Ford Foundation, Foundation for a Just Society, Astraea Lesbian Foundation for Justice, Urgent Action Fund for Women’s Human Rights, Mississippi Low-Income Childcare Initiative, A Better Balance, ISDAO – Sankofa Initiative for West Africa, and the Global Fund for Women.


Marco Antonio Quiroga has a long history as an advocate for the LGBTQ, immigrant, and racial justice movements. He is the director for the Contigo Fund, founded in the aftermath of the Pulse massacre to support the recovery efforts and healing of those impacted and building power for historically marginalized LGBTQ communities of color in Orlando and across Central Florida. He has also worked with United We Dream, the American Federation of Teachers and AFL-CIO, as Public Policy Director at the True Colors Fund, and as National Field Officer at Immigration Equality. His commitment is a direct result of his own life experiences as an undocumented and queer person of color, including family separation through deportation, poverty, unstable housing and homelessness. Most recently, Marco was honored as the first ever recipient of the Reed Erickson Trailblazing Leadership Award presented by Funders for LGBTQ Issues in 2017 and the Haas, Jr. Award for Outstanding LGBTQ Leadership for Immigrant Rights presented at the National Creating Change Conference in 2018.


Edgar Villanueva is a nationally-recognized expert on social justice philanthropy. Edgar currently serves as Chair of the board directors of Native Americans in Philanthropy and is a Board Member of Andrus Family Fund, a national foundation that works to improve outcomes for vulnerable youth.  Edgar is an instructor with The Grantmaking School at the Johnson Center at Grand Valley State University and currently serves as Vice President of Programs and Advocacy at the Schott Foundation for Public Education, where he oversees grant investment and capacity building supports for education justice campaigns across the United States. Edgar, previously held leadership roles at Kate B. Reynolds Charitable Trust in North Carolina and at the Marguerite Casey Foundation in Seattle.

Edgar is the author of the forthcoming book, Decolonizing Wealth, which offers hopeful and compelling alternatives to the dynamics of colonization in the philanthropic and social finance sectors.  In addition to working in philanthropy for many years, he has consulted with numerous nonprofit organizations and national and global philanthropies on advancing racial equity inside of their institutions and through their investment strategies.

Edgar holds two degrees from the Gillings Global School of Public Health at The University of North Carolina Chapel Hill. Edgar is an enrolled member of the Lumbee Tribe of North Carolina and resides in Brooklyn, NY.


Rye Young is Third Wave Fund's Executive Director. Third Wave Fund is a community-led gender justice funder that expands opportunities for communities who are most affected by oppression yet marginalized in philanthropy. Ten years ago, Rye began his career as an abortion fund intern when the organization was known as Third Wave Foundation. Since then, Rye has served as Third Wave’s Program Officer and, since 2014, as Executive Director. He has led a major overhaul of the organization and grown Third Wave Fund to the largest it has been in its 21-year history. Rye currently serves on the Board of Directors of Funders for LGBTQ Issues, Funders Concerned About AIDS, and the Groundswell Fund, and was a past board member of the New York Abortion Access Fund. He was a Grace Paley Organizing Fellow with Jews for Racial and Economic Justice and graduated from Bard College in 2008 with a bachelor's degree in Arabic Language, Culture, and Literature. Rye is also a certified cooking nerd with a degree from the Institute of Culinary Education in New York City.


Kate Cooney's research uses institutional theory to study the intersection of business and social sectors. To understand how hybrid organizations are shaped by commercial and institutional isomorphic pressures, she has studied commercialization in the nonprofit sector, social enterprise, workforce development programs, and the emergence of new social business legal forms. Her studies on work integration social enterprise approaches to workforce development have appeared in the Nonprofit Voluntary Sector Quarterly, Voluntas, Social Enterprise Journal and the Journal of Poverty. She has also written broadly about market based approaches to poverty alleviation in the Social Service Review.  Other work contributes to efforts to develop the micro foundations of institutional theory. Examples include a study of policy implementation in human service organizations contracting to provide welfare-to-work services, published in Administration & Society, and her current research interest in the negotiation of competing institutional logics in social enterprise organizations. Projects underway include an analysis of the diffusion of new legal forms for social business, and a study examining the organizational factors associated with financial risk and financial health in social enterprise models in selected subsectors of the U.S. nonprofit sector.

Prior to joining the faculty at Yale SOM, Dr. Cooney was on the faculty at Boston University teaching courses on nonprofit management, urban poverty and economic development, and community and organizational analysis. She has served as a research consultant for Abt Associates, Inc. and for Boston-based nonprofit organizations, including most recently, conducting a SROI analysis for Jewish Vocational Services (JVS) in Boston. She received her MSW and PhD from The University of California, Los Angeles School of Public Affairs