PANEL : COLLECTIVE IMPACT
Assistant Director/Grantmaking, Communities Program, Robert R. McCormick Foundation
Molly Baltman is the Assistant Director of Grantmaking in the Communities Program at the Robert R. McCormick Foundation, responsible for grantmaking partnerships with civic-leading companies to develop, implement and evaluate poverty alleviation investment strategies. The Foundation partners with media outlets, sports teams and philanthropic organizations to raise money for local needs and provides matching funds to increase the impact of charitable giving. Since 1990, due to donor generosity and corporate partner momentum, the Foundation has raised more than $500 million, provided matching funds and awarded more than $750 million in grants to organizations across the United States in targeted communities.
Before joining the Foundation in 2007, Ms. Baltman served as Executive Director of Archeworks, a nonprofit socially-conscious design school, using design as a tool for social change. Previously, she held positions in the Child Welfare systems in Illinois and Michigan, working towards systems change at the both the policy and direct service levels. Ms. Baltman holds a MA from University of Chicago’s School of Social Service Administration, a BA in Human Ecology from Michigan State University, and was a 2009 International Women’s Forum Leadership Foundation Fellow. She is a Chicagoland Workforce Funders Alliance Co-founder and Management Committee member, and serves as an advisory member of the FSG/Aspen Institute Collective Impact Forum.