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Molly Schultz Hafid

Associate Director, Philanthropy

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Advancing social justice principles through strategic philanthropy

“We must use time creatively, and forever realize that the time is always ripe to do right.”—Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Molly is a social justice-minded philanthropic strategist and respected thought leader in strategic foundation practice. Passionate about the role foundations can play in supporting community-led social change and movements for social, racial, economic, and environmental justice, she has grantmaking expertise in civic participation, immigrant and refugee rights, and community-based policy and advocacy organizing.

Molly is an important contributor to the design and execution of TCC Group’s philanthropy sector research agenda and thought leadership. She brings her social justice philanthropy lens to exploring how strategic equity commitments and internal institutional practices can align and reinforce each other. Her past work has included innovative new funder initiatives, multi-party partnerships, and both issue- and place-based funder alignment strategies.

In addition to her efforts in the United States, Molly has conducted research and collaborated with the emerging philanthropic sector in the Middle East and North Africa. She has published widely on topics related to foundation management and sits on several boards within the philanthropic sector. As a leading expert in the field, Molly is a part-time assistant professor at the New School for Social Research, and New York University, where she teaches Strategic Philanthropy and Fundraising and Development.

At TCC Group:
  • Anonymous Family Foundation: Working hand-in-hand with the Board of an anonymous family foundation, Molly guides the Foundation’s efforts to professionalize and codify its practices in order to strengthen its potential for impact. Poised for growth in asset size, the Foundation is among other things considering its customary grantmaking approach, governance and trustee engagement, and due diligence and learning processes. Bringing deep knowledge of family foundations and philanthropy best practice, Molly facilitates trustee dialogue and learning, fostering shared consensus around practices most likely to advance family legacy while achieving social impact.
  • Robert Wood Johnson Foundation: A fierce advocate for community-led solutions, Molly co-leads the TCC project team in working to develop best practice tools and learning materials to guide Foundation staff in making the concept of community power fundamental to fostering a “Culture of Health.” The project is integrated into the launch of a core set of leading health equity and community power grantees and will focus on: identifying preliminary definitions of community power; understanding the dimensions of the concept that are relevant to existing grantmaking parameters; and, assessing current grantmaker practices that reveal—or obscure—community-driven power building efforts.
  • Rose Community Foundation: In a highly participatory planning process, Molly is co-leading the TCC Group team that will partner with the Foundation to develop a five-year strategic plan. The Rose Community Foundation invests across diverse program areas, aiming to utilize the varied tools of philanthropy—grantmaking, collaboration, community leadership, and donor engagement—to empower area residents and support sustainable change. The project will review existing Foundation data; conduct interviews and focus groups; analyze Greater Denver area trends; and facilitate group leadership meetings to review and solidify the Foundation’s mission, vision, values, and strategic priorities.
Before TCC Group:
  • Unitarian Universalist Veatch Program at Shelter Rock: With extensive experience in foundation strategic planning, Molly was instrumental in guiding the overall grantmaking strategy for the program while directly managing an expansive grant portfolio in civic engagement, immigrant rights, and multi-issue community-based organizing. Determined to streamline the grantmaking practices and minimize the burden on grantees, Molly led efforts to evaluate, design, and implement a complete overhaul of the Veatch Program application process, reporting requirements, and financial due diligence. Successful in her efforts, her work developed a new tool for financial due diligence and reduced the Veatch Program application and financial reporting burden by 75 percent. She continues to be invited to present to foundations around the country about this process and the resulting efficiencies. Her Foundation Review article about the Program’s financial due diligence is available online.
  • Bend the Arc (Formerly Jewish Funds for Justice): Molly led the development of an innovative place-based strategy for the Jewish Funds for Justice to integrate the signature programs of three legacy organizations, a community investing portfolio, a community service program, and a place-based grantmaking strategy. She managed the foundation’s five core grantmaking programs: community organizing in low-income communities and communities of color; progressive faith-based community organizing; Gulf Coast redevelopment; donor-advised giving; and a funders collaborative to support social justice organizations.
Education:
  • Harvard University, Kennedy School Executive Education
    • Nonprofit Financial Stewardship Program
  • New York University, Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service
    • MPA, International Nonprofit Management
  • Antioch College
    • BA, Anthropology and Literature
Affiliations:
  • National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy, Power Moves Consultant Learning Cohort (current)
  • Philanthropy New York, Faculty, Essential Skills and Strategies for New Grantmakers (current)
  • James P. Shannon Leadership Institute, Participant (past)
Board Service:
  • Funders for Justice, Co-Founder, Co-Chair (current)
  • National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy, Board of Directors (current)
  • Emerging Practitioners in Philanthropy, Founding Steering Committee, National Board (past)
  • Funders for a Just Economy, Co-Chair, Steering Committee (past)
  • Grantmakers Concerned with Immigrants and Refugees, Board of Directors (past)
  • Interfaith Funders, Board of Directors, Chair of the State of the Field Research Committee (past)
  • Neighborhood Funders Group, Board of Directors, Co-Chair (past)
  • Solidaire, Steering Committee, Chair, Finance Committee (past)
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