About Esra Khalil

Senior Program Officer
Esra Khalil

Esra joined the Community Foundation in 2018 after working in the nonprofit sector for more than 15 years. During that time, she worked at the intersection of development, program and policy, with direct experience in culturally-specific service delivery, program development, grant writing and front-line fundraising for major and special gifts.

Esra holds a Bachelors of Arts from Columbia College and a Masters’ in Public Policy from the University of Chicago.

In her spare time Esra is an avid reader, loves a good film, travels when she can and relishes the moments of calm with her husband between all the joyful chaos created by her two kids.

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Recent Posts by Esra Khalil

Participatory Grantmaking Advances Inclusion & Equity

October 13th, 2023

As a field, philanthropy is in a moment of deep reflection. Funders are examining internal structures, policies and practices to create more equitable approaches. Participatory grantmaking is one concept emerging from this work, and for good reason.

Our Focus Grant Program awards more than $1 million each year. While significant, the pool of declined proposals is …

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Culturally Specific Organizations Provide Targeted Impact

August 23rd, 2023

As a program officer, I depend on data and feedback to develop effective funding strategies. The knowledge I gather from grantees, colleagues and community partners helps to inform the Community Foundation for Southwest Washington’s approach. Through this ongoing work, we have found that those closest to the issues are best positioned to bring about solutions. …

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During COVID-19, Stable Housing Is More Essential

June 4th, 2020

Stable housing was already a complicated issue in our region, and COVID-19 is intensifying many of the systemic problems.

High costs are being compounded by widespread job losses and setbacks in the construction sector. Shelter in place mandates are also shining a light on the connection between our health and housing in ways we’ve never experienced before. Simply put, stable housing shapes our livelihoods, and that stability is increasingly at risk in a …

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A Year-in-Review: Grant Program Highlights and Hopes

January 28th, 2020

Progress is the word I would use to describe the Community Foundation’s grant programs over the last year.

Our Focus Grant program received 133 proposals that amounted to $3.1 million in requests. These grants increase opportunities for economic advancement in historically under-resourced communities. Thus, the millions in funding requests are a reflection of the significant costs …

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