Local Engagement Groups

In 2013 we initiated our Local Engagement Group Initiative to provide opportunities for Exponent Philanthropy members to connect with and learn from other funders with few or no staff in their community. LEG programs are planned and hosted by members with support from both Exponent Philanthropy staff and regional associations. Past participants agree LEG programs are an opportunity for peer networking, group discussions, sharing personal experiences, and learning something new.

If you are interested in learning more about a Local Engagement Group Initiative in your community please contact Nikki Hilgert.

Interested in sponsoring a LEG program? Contact Andrea Clay at 202-375-7796. 

Current LEG Communities


  • Program Partner: Forefront

Los Angeles

  • Coordinators: Beatriz Moreno, Focusing Philanthropy; Terrence Dibble and Diane Wingerning, J. B. and Emily Van Nuys Charities
  • Program Partner: Southern California Grantmakers

New York City

  • Coordinators: Chad Hansen, Rita J. Stanley H. Kaplan Family Foundation; Judy Bigelow, Fordham Street Foundation; Alice Eaton, Leon Lowenstein Foundation, Inc.; Karen Balliett, Solon E. Summerfield Foundation, Inc.; Liz Sak, Cricket Island Foundation; Peter Klein, The Claire Friedlander Family Foundation.

Northern Virginia

  • Coordinators: Allison Erdle, Washington Forrest Foundation; Celeste Land, Land Family Foundation
  • Program Partners: Southeastern Council on Foundations (SECF) and Washington Regional Association of Grantmakers (WRAG)

Northern Ohio

  • Coordinators: Holley Martens, Char & Chuck Fowler Family Foundation; Chann Fowler-Spellman, Char & Chuck Family Foundation; Brenda Norton, Norton Family Foundation
  • Program Partner: Philanthropy Ohio

San Francisco Bay Area

  • Coordinators: Jayne Booker, Avant! Foundation; Rajiv Khanna, International Development Exchange (IDEX)
  • Program Partner: Northern California Grantmakers

Southeastern Massachusetts + Boston

  • Coordinators: Denise Porche, Island Foundation; Debra Moniz, Cedar Tree Foundation (Boston)
  • Program Partner: Associated Grant Makers

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Contact Nikki Hilgert at 202-580-6569.

Check our Educational Programs calendar to find a program near you. The calendar is updated frequently, so be sure to check it often.

Check our Educational Programs calendar to find a program near you. 

"Our team found the discussion very informative and enjoyed the opportunity to meet colleagues in the foundation community. Celeste did a wonderful job facilitating and we look forward to attending other LEG programs in the future."

— Mike M. Engley, Apple Federal Credit Union Education Foundation