Dear Friends and Colleagues,
Over the past couple of months, I’ve traveled quite a bit, and I’d like to share some insights from abroad and at home.
As most of you know, this summer I accepted the invitation to join the Guthy-Jackson Charitable Foundation and transitioned from an advisory capacity to the leadership of their foundation.
Working with the staff and founders, Victoria and Bill, we quickly updated the foundation’s immediate and long-term goals, aligned staff with the mission, and continued global outreach. In September, it was my pleasure to travel first to Berlin, and then Moscow, to deepen relationships and make new connections with researchers and clinicians on behalf of Guthy-Jackson Charitable Foundation. At the same time, I was gaining a greater understanding of the impact and potential of the foundation which is focused on a single disease, and has achieved radical advances just this year.
Here’s the rest of the story, and it’s one you may be familiar with: Small, high impact foundations don’t always need a full-time CEO to maintain significant outreach.
Giving should be maximized and operational costs minimized. The fundraising capacity, strategic planning and governance assistance required can all be achieved working with consultants, as needed. That’s what I learned, and recommended. Now, as before, I will continue to advise the foundation along with other clients from my offices in Los Angeles and Paris. I hope you will let me know if you plan to be in town so we can connect!