Staff Transition

After four years as The Prospect Hill Foundation’s Grants Administrator, Steffany Ballas has moved to Illinois to start her new job at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.  Steffany was an invaluable member of the small team here and her contributions to the Foundation were substantial.  Her success in transforming our grants management system, for example, is one that we will appreciate for years to come.

We are pleased to announce that Caryn Thor is the Foundation’s new Grants Administrator.  Caryn is from the St. Paul/Minneapolis area, with a bachelors degree from University of Wisconsin-Madison and a Master of Arts degree from the University of Chicago, School of Social Service Administration with a concentration in Nonprofit Organizations and Management.  While in Chicago she also worked at the Polk Bros. Foundation as a Program Officer Intern.

Announcement: PHF enters Year of Reflection

The Prospect Hill Foundation has entered a Year of Reflection (July 1, 2017 – June 30, 2018) during which it will suspend grantmaking as usual and instead will work hard to gain a better understanding of what it has done well and how it could improve as a philanthropic institution.  We will be having conversations with a sampling of the Foundation’s current and past grantees to learn more about their needs and impact.  In addition, the staff and board will be exploring trends in philanthropy and the ways that modestly-sized family foundations can have strategic impact.  By the end of our Year of Reflection, we hope to have clarity about our funding programs, priorities and activities going forward.