Clara Miller on Building a Foundation for the 21st Century

Clara Miller on Building a Foundation for the 21st Century

Clara Miller is President of the Heron Foundation, which helps people and communities help themselves out of poverty. Prior to assuming the foundation’s presidency, Miller was President and CEO of Nonprofit Finance Fund which she founded and ran from 1984 through 2010. In addition to serving on Heron’s board, Miller is on the boards of the Sustainability Accounting Standards Board (SASB) and she is a member of the U.S. Advisory Committee to the G8 on Impact investing, named in 2014. From 2010-2014 Miller was a member of the first Nonprofit Advisory Committee of the Financial Accounting Standards Board.

Ms. Miller speaks and writes extensively and has been published in The Financial Times, Stanford Social Innovation Review, The Nonprofit Quarterly and the Chronicle of Philanthropy, and her newest essay is titled Building a foundation for the 21st Century.

In 2015, Miller and Heron were named Investor of the Year by Institutional Investor Magazine in the category “small foundations.” In 2014, Miller and Heron received the Prince’s Prize for Innovative Philanthropy from the Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation and the “Shining Star Award” from New York City performance space, PS122. She was awarded a Bellagio Residency in 2010 by The Rockefeller Foundation and was named to The NonProfit Times “Power and Influence Top 50” for the five years from 2006 through 2010.

In this episode Clara shares her insights on the future of impact investing within foundations, investing through the gender lens, the importance of diversity, and the future of poverty and work.

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