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Apr 18, 2024

Insider Insights: How Social Impact Funders Think

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Insider Insights: How Social Impact Funders Think
Insider Insights: How Social Impact Funders Think

This session will help social impact founders understand what the funding process looks like from inside a foundation or donor office.


Erin Ricci serves as the Senior Director of Philanthropic Partnerships & Strategy at Health Care Without Harm, spearheading the primary revenue-generating division by securing flexible, long-term support from diverse funders. Health Care Without Harm works to transform health care worldwide so that it reduces its environmental footprint, becomes a community anchor for sustainability, and a leader in the global movement for environmental health and justice. As an integral member of the Executive Leadership Team, Erin contributes to shaping the overall direction and success of the organization.With a Ph.D. in cultural anthropology and over two decades of international experience spanning philanthropy, social impact, and governmental sectors, Erin brings a distinctive combination of applied, critical, and analytical thinking, enriched by cross-cultural perspectives, to all facets of her work.

In her previous role, she led global grantmaking initiatives at Bohemian Foundation for over six years. For part of that time, she served on the Executive Committee of Big Bang Philanthropy, a key player in directing funds towards organizations with scalable poverty solutions. Prior to her philanthropic endeavors, she dedicated five years as a USAID Foreign Service Officer, earning Meritorious Honor Awards for her contributions in Central America (Honduras) and Central Asia (Tajikistan). Earlier in her career, she served as a Program Officer at Heifer International, advocating for community-based, just food systems in the United States.Currently, Erin is honored to hold the position of Vice Chair on the board of directors at Lwala Community Alliance, actively contributing to their mission of driving community-led health system transformation in Kenya. As a proud Americorps*VISTA alum, mother of two teenage sons, and a reasonably tolerable wife, she finds joy in hiking, amateur Aikido training, and competing as a member of Pennsyltucky - a locally-recognized team with legendary status in our own minds. While she aspires to reside in Spain, for now, she calls Fort Collins, Colorado, home.


Julia Berman is an international development consultant with expertise in fundraising, communications, strategy, and leadership coaching, and a track record of scaling mission-driven organizations. She was most recently chief partnerships officer at Muso, where she led resource mobilization and communications to raise over $80 million, with a compound annual growth rate of 35%. Along with extensive experience in the global health sphere, she has worked to support investigative journalism and political campaigns. Julia holds a master’s degree in international affairs from Boston University, where she focused on human rights and democratization in Francophone Africa.


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