100 Days in Office

Hi, I'm Leah Wilberding. Yep, Will-burr-ding, emphasis on the 'ding'. My (new-ish) last name is just the right amount of ridiculous and never fails to bring a smile to my face. I joined the team roughly 100 days ago as the Peery Foundation's first Peer Relationship Manager…

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8 Organizations Supporting College-Bound Students

When navigating the complex system of higher education, students aspiring to go to college have a lot to consider: How do I choose a university? How do I write a strong application?  What classes do I need? Where do I find quality internships? How do I get financial aid? What resources are out there for me? It can be overwhelming for anyone…


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We Are Closing Portfolio Pipeline For 2019

During the past few weeks we've made the difficult and uncomfortable decision to close our portfolio pipeline for new grants for the whole of 2019. Sounds pretty hypocritical coming from a foundation that claims it's trying to be grantee-centric, huh? Well read on, dear reader, and you can assess for yourselves…

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Kenya Site Visits Recap

This past June, three Peery Foundation staff members embarked on a new adventure with the Peery Foundation Board and their families. We spent 2 weeks in Kenya together, conducting site visits and expanding on their existing definition of philanthropy…

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Mentor-coaching at the Peery Foundation

For the past year and a half across the PF team we have been experimenting with a system of peer coaching & mentoring, which we call the MC (mentor-coach) system. In the past, we had found it difficult to find time for reflection and when difficult conversations came up we often went to our teammates for advice…

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We’ve Grown to 7

The last year at the Peery Foundation has brought many new ideas, challenges, and successes. To help our team maintain our support to and relationships with our grantees, we’ve brought on two Portfolio Associates--making us 7!

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Thinking Differently About Workforce Development

It’s fascinating that while the San Francisco Bay Area is often hailed as the center of technical innovation and social change (and deservedly so) many companies are still operating with old and traditional mindsets of workforce development and community engagement...

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Philanthropy in the Age of Innovation

The PF office is at the heart of Silicon Valley, where new ideas and new approaches are constantly brewing, and ‘innovation’ is a word you hear daily. In the PF priorities, after People, the Idea is the second element we are concerned with-- “the relative importance of an idea, whether it matters...

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Number 1 Priority

One Friday evening I had a few minutes to decompress and like many people do I pulled out my phone to see what I could catch up on. After browsing Instagram I tapped my work inbox. A couple of new messages, one of which was pertinent to our Regional Portfolio, so I quickly forwarded it...

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Welcoming New Program Associate to the Team

This September we were excited to welcome Lindsey Padjen as Program Associate. She will be supporting our grantees and Portfolio Directors, as well as sourcing pipeline. Here is a message from Lindsey with a little more background about herself and her journey to the Peery Foundation...

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