About Shona Carter, MBA

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Shona Carter, MBA

Shona came to the Community Foundation in 2015 with 13 years of experience in program evaluation and philanthropic advising, eventually becoming Vice President of Community Engagement and Strategy. She has worked with corporate, education and community foundations to effectively establish partnerships, respond to changing environments and channel resources to achieve greater social impact.

Prior to joining the Foundation, Shona worked at both the East Bay Community Foundation, where she managed the grantmaking activities for The Clorox Company corporate fund, and The San Francisco Foundation as a donor relations officer. Shona currently works as the Director of Partner Engagement and Investment with the Black Future Co-Op Fund. She holds a Bachelors of Arts from the University of California, Berkeley, and an MBA in corporate social responsibility from Mills College.

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Recent Posts by Shona Carter, MBA

Building Affordable Housing with a Philanthropic Tool Belt

July 11th, 2019

I don’t have to tell you that our region is facing a prolonged housing crunch. The stories of soaring rents, low vacancy rates, longtime residents priced out, community opposition to shelters and roving tent encampments are all alarming reminders. 

Recent homelessness counts in Clark County and Cowlitz County show that our circumstances aren’t improving either. The …

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Community Engagement Improves Local Programs

April 20th, 2016

Sometimes those who give money away—and this includes Community Foundations—assume that they are innately experienced at using dollars to remedy social issues. Over the years, I’ve learned that the only innate characteristic in grantmaking is privilege, and that there is an important distinction between the two.

We may have the privilege of doling out resources, but …

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Record Year of Granting in SW Washington

January 14th, 2016

This year, our discretionary grant programs set a record for funds distributed, but our granting in southwest Washington is more than simple dollars and cents. We are going beyond giving to ensure that we can create greater impact in the community.

Because of these behaviors, the first word that I’ve heard our grantees and supporters use when …

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Interrupting Poverty through Effective Grantmaking

September 23rd, 2015

When people come together with shared purpose, the results are often beyond imagination. Give More 24! is a recent example of how collective efforts can work, but the Community Foundation has a long history of pooling gifts of all sizes to advance important causes. For example, the Community Giving Fund was established in 1986 to …

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