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Ashley Blanchard

Affiliate Consultant

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Guiding foundations toward strategic focus and counseling on governance, program, and operations

“There is nothing so practical at the whole foundation level as a well articulated, thoughtfully supported, and collectively embraced theory of philanthropy.”—Michael Quinn Patton, Ph.D.

Ashley has spent the greater part of her career at TCC Group, where for over fifteen years she has helped inform and implement transformational organizational change for both public and private foundations.

A skilled facilitator, Ashley expertly guides strategic planning processes, helping clients collectively define a vision for the future and mobilize their resources to achieve that vision. She has a profound understanding of family philanthropy and helps multi-generational family boards enhance their family engagement while strengthening social impact.

Passionate about social justice, Ashley recently finished her final term on the board of the Ms. Foundation for Women, and she is Vice Chair of the Hill-Snowdon Foundation, a family foundation that strives to create a fair and just society by supporting community organizing among low-income families and communities.

At TCC Group:
  • Ohrstrom Foundation: Ashley has served as the outsourced manager for the Foundation for more than ten years. She counsels the board on its grantmaking, is responsible for the effective operation of the board, and oversees operations and administration. With a keen understanding of organizational dynamics within family foundations, Ashley anticipates and efficiently manages potential concerns and issues and facilitates productive and meaningful decision-making. She works closely with the Foundation’s next generation, providing training and education, so that they can be informed philanthropists, within and beyond their involvement with the Ohrstrom Foundation.
  • St. David’s Foundation: Ashley’s experience in foundation governance helped St. David’s Foundation redefine the role of its board in light of its major growth. She worked with the team to help the board transition from management to strategic leadership. Ashley’s industry acumen and awareness of best practices served as a valuable resource, opening connections to other health foundation boards for shared learning and identifying opportunities for board members to deepen their knowledge through publications, conferences, and seminars.
  • Community Foundation for Greater Buffalo: Ashley led the TCC strategic planning team to take this community foundation from a charitable bank to a catalyst for change in the Buffalo community. She gathered extensive community input and helped the foundation determine where its leadership could have a transformative effect on the community. She supported the vice president in implementing the restructuring of the Foundation’s governance and operations, both effective and important elements of the transition.
Education:
  • University of California, Berkeley, Goldman School of Public Policy
    • MPP
  • Stanford University
    • BA, Anthropology and Latin American Studies
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