Community Foundation for Greater Buffalo

Community Foundation Increase Capacity for Impact Strategy Through Partnership with National Funders

Aug 03, 2017 | Posted in Home Page, News

Benjamin D. Kerman, Ph. D., joins Community Foundation as Senior Fellow and Advisor for Strategy and Impact through Fellowship with The Atlantic Philanthropies and the Heron Foundation

Dr. Ben Kerman

Dr. Benjamin Kerman

Buffalo, NY – The Community Foundation for Greater Buffalo, a 501©(3) public charity dedicated to helping clients make the most of their generosity, announces that Benjamin D. Kerman, Ph. D., will join the Foundation as Senior Fellow and Advisor for Strategy and Impact. This one-year Fellowship position, which is supported by The Atlantic Philanthropies and Heron Foundation, will focus primarily on deepening community impact and expanding relationships with national funders.

“Ben’s knowledge about systems, philanthropic best practices and catalyzing community change is a welcome addition and we are honored that he chose to join our team at the Community Foundation to share his expertise,” said Clotilde Perez-Bode Dedecker, President and CEO of the Community Foundation for Greater Buffalo. “It is through strategic partnerships like this that our organization will continue to advance its mission of connecting people, ideas and resources to improve lives in Western New York.”

The Atlantic Philanthropies, which were founded by entrepreneur Chuck Feeney in 1982 when he decided to devote his wealth to the service of humanity, will close its doors in 2020 having completed its grant making at the end 2016. Over 35 years, Atlantic invested a total of $8 billion in promising programs and people and in places where the organization saw the opportunity to promote greater fairness and equity for all.

The Heron Foundation began as a grantmaker in 1992 and focuses its efforts on helping people and communities help themselves out of poverty. Heron is focused on fostering economic innovations and practices that lead to long-term economic opportunity and prosperity for all.

Ben Kerman, Ph. D., comes to the Community Foundation from The Atlantic Philanthropies, where he most recently served as Head of Strategic Learning and Evaluation. In this position, Ben was involved with the design and implementation of Atlantic’s final phase learning agenda. Additionally, he oversaw the plan to synthesize Atlantic’s rich and varied experience in order to inform substantive systems reform while also improving both the implementation of change strategies and philanthropic practice.

Prior to Atlantic, he had worked on program development, program evaluation and applied research at the Annie E. Casey Foundation since 1997. In addition to managing grantmaking and evaluation, his principal activities have focused on system reform, direct services and advocacy in child welfare, juvenile justice, education, health and mental health. Dr. Kerman is also a clinical psychologist specializing in adolescent and family work, and previously served on the adjunct faculty of the Yale Child Study Center.

He currently serves as Treasurer of the board for Let There Be Light International, a nongovernment organization working to facilitate off-grid solar electrification among impoverished residents, schools and health clinics in sub-Saharan East Africa. Recent board and committee work includes the American Evaluation Association, Foster Family-based Treatment Association, the Child Welfare League of America, the Neighborhood Music School in New Haven, CT, and Young Audiences of Connecticut.

About the Community Foundation for Greater Buffalo
The Community Foundation for Greater Buffalo, a 501©(3) organization, was established in 1919 to enhance and encourage long-term philanthropy in the Western New York community. The Community Foundation’s mission is: Connecting people, ideas and resources to improve lives in Western New York. For over 95 years, the Community Foundation has made the most of the generosity of individuals, families, foundations and organizations who entrust charitable assets to the Community Foundation’s care.

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