Catalyzing Change Beyond Grantmaking: A Conversation with Henry L. Berman, CEO of Exponent Philanthropy

February 21, 2017 Jamie Serino

"As a funder, you have the ability to convene people, to bring people together, to be a catalyst for change." - Henry L. Berman 

In this episode of the Champions for Social Good Podcast, Jamie Serino speaks with Henry L. Berman (@Berman_Henry), CEO of Exponent Philanthropy (@exponentphil). Henry provides an in-depth perspective on the complexity of funder-nonprofit relationships taken from his unique perch in the space working directly with philanthropists, and he emphasizes the importance of tracking against pre-defined outcomes. Henry also suggests how funders can act as catalysts for change beyond grantmaking, such as by leveraging strategic relationships, holding local convenings and empowering other stakeholders to take action together. The topic of building strong foundation infrastructure is also discussed, and Henry offers advice for foundations on how to thrive amidst the new political environment.

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Jamie Serino

Jamie Serino is Director of Marketing for Blackbaud’s Corporations & Foundations division. Bringing nearly two decades of leadership experience spanning the private and nonprofit sectors, Jamie oversees the strategy to communicate Blackbaud’s brand promise to grantmaking organizations and corporations, drive market leadership, and establish strategic partnerships that lift the philanthropic sector. Jamie also hosts the Champions for Social Good podcast. Prior to joining Blackbaud, Jamie developed and led transformational marketing and communication strategies in both B-to-B and B-to-C technology industries, including financial services, network security, CRM, Internet telephony and HR/Recruiting. He was instrumental in building the Vonage brand, growing the customer base from 10,000 to 2.5 million while helping the company through its IPO. He also led the centralization of communications and branding at SunGard in order to reposition the company for IPO/acquisition.

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