Team Meeting

Funders Cohort

Central to the success of the program is a funder cohort to co-create and actively test interventions in the field. This cohort engages with the Working Group to hone the model program and tailor it to their communities. Using this community of practice model, the participants learn from each other and develop a shared set of results that will continue to inform and improve the model program


Meet the philanthropies in our first funders cohort and their participating funding programs.

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Lorelle Espinosa, Program Director, Higher Education; Tyler Hallmark, Program Associate, Higher Education.

Participating Program:

Why participating in this program is relevant for your organization? 

As one of six strategic priorities, the Sloan Higher Education program is committed to regularly examining our grantmaking practices to ensure the integration of diversity, equity, and inclusion at every stage.

Participating Programs:

Partnership Awards, and

Annual Awards Programs

Why participating in this program is relevant for your organization? 

Increasing diversity and inclusion in oncology and academic research is not only vital for creating an equitable workforce, but to improving care and outcomes through rigorous science. The lack of representation in cancer research is deeply intertwined with cancer disparities, which has its roots in both socioeconomic barriers and medical racism. As a result, BCRF is committed to helping researchers from diverse backgrounds advance in their careers through direct funding. 

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Kari Fischer, PhD, Associate Director, Research Program

Margaret Flowers, PhD, Managing Director, Research Program

Dorraya El-Ashry, PhD, Chief Scientific Officer

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Participating Program:

Science Communication Program

Why participating in this program is relevant for your organization? 

More details soon.

Russ Campbell, Director, Science Communication and Strategic Partnerships

Participating Programs:

Why participating in this program is relevant for your organization? 

The Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation is looking to ensure that applicants for its funding receive unbiased, rigorous scientific review of their proposals. We view funding research as a partnership with researchers in the field, and believe that funding a diverse group of researchers will lead to the most robust IBD research community, which will in turn most quickly get us to our mission of finding cures for Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis.

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Caren Heller, M.D., Chief Scientific Officer

Mary Harkins-Schwarz, MPH, Director, Health Services Research

Orlando Green, Associate Director, Grants & Contracts, Research

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Stella Galaviz. Senior Program Manager

Juliet Gomez, Program Manager

Mary O'Reilly,  Vice President, Bioscience Research Programs

Participating Programs:

Why participating in this program is relevant for your organization? 

The Flinn Foundation believes that fulfilling our mission and programmatic goals requires a vigorous commitment to DEI, operationally and in our philanthropic activities. Participating in the Open & Equitable Model Funding Program will provide valuable information, resources, and a network to enhance our grant-making process. We are committed to serving all populations in a fair, equitable, and transparent manner and look forward to improving our processes, learning from our peers, and expanding our outreach to underserved populations.

Participating Programs:

Why participating in this program is relevant for your organization? 

We use data collection to track our success in increasing and diversifying our applicant pool. Our participation in the Open and Equitable Model Funding Program will help us in learning about best practices from participating funders to advance physical therapy treatments for all patients.

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Liz Jackson, Sr. Specialist, Grants and Scholarships

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Adam Jones. Program Officer, Science

Cathy Mader. Program Officer, Science

Amalia Fernandez Panella, Program Officer, Science

Yaw Agyeman, Adaptive Management and Evaluation Officer

Participating Programs:

Why participating in this program is relevant for your organization? 

More details soon.

Participating Program:

Why participating in this program is relevant for your organization? 

Openness might enable equity and inclusivity, but this is by no means guaranteed. We want to be intentional about how we address diversity, equity, and inclusion through the programs we fund in Open Education, and in how we work with our grantees and the field. The Open & Equitable Model Funding Program is an opportunity to improve our work and to learn in partnership with colleagues at other foundations.

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Angela DeBarger, Program Officer

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Jackie Hausman, Program Officer

Laura Wilson, Director of Health Strategies & Ventures

Participating Program:

Why participating in this program is relevant for your organization? 

The Kenneth Rainin Foundation is committed to advancing racial and gender equity in biomedical research. Participating in the Open & Equitable Model Funding Program offers us a unique opportunity to work with other biomedical research funders and experts to support our implementation of more equitable grant making practices.

Participating Program:

Why participating in this program is relevant for your organization? 

We seek to support discovery science to understand the deepest realities of human nature and the physical world. Such research can have a significant impact, but only if it can earn the trust of the broader scientific community. We think open and equitable science go hand in hand and are essential to earning this trust. 

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Kristin Eldon Whylly, Sr. Program Manager &

Lead in Change Management