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  • Molly Schultz Hafid

    Part-time Assistant Professor


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    Molly Schultz Hafid


    Molly Schultz Hafid, MPA, TCC Group’s Associate Director of Philanthropy (Project Lead). With a background in strategic, managerial, financial, and nonprofit expertise, Molly’s experience includes work as a foundation executive, program officer, individual donor advisor, and adjunct faculty professor. A dynamic leader in social justice philanthropy, Molly recently received the Neighborhood Funders Group Award for Excellence in Philanthropy.

    A sector leader contributing strategic guidance and thought leadership, Molly also serves on the Board of Directors of the National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy (NCRP).  She recently completed Board service for Grantmakers for Immigrants and Refugees and the Solidaire Network.  Molly is also a past co-chair of the Board of Directors of Neighborhood Funders Group.  Her work has included leading innovative new funder initiatives, multi-party partnerships, and both issue and place-based funder alignment strategies. 

    Prior to joining TCC, Molly served as the Assistant Director of the Unitarian Universalist Veatch Program at Shelter Rock, a national social justice grantmaker.  Her responsibilities included strategically guiding and managing the annual review of the grantmaking program and monitoring administrative and grantmaking budgets.  In this capacity, Molly also oversaw a portfolio of civic engagement, immigrant rights, and racial justice grantees across the country.

    Before the Veatch Program, Molly worked as the Director of Grantmaking Programs at The Jewish Funds for Justice, a national foundation committed to combating the root causes of economic and social injustice. She managed a portfolio that included grantmaking to community organizing and advocacy groups, and redevelopment and recovery grants in the Gulf Coast region (following Hurricanes Katrina and Rita).

    Molly has a Master of Public Administration with a specialization in International Nonprofit Management from New York University’s Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service, and a bachelor’s degree in Anthropology and Literature from Antioch College in Ohio.  She also holds an executive education certificate in Nonprofit Financial Sustainability from Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School.

    Degrees Held

    Master of Public Administration, 2008

    Bachelor of Arts, 1998


    Professional Affiliation

    Corporation for National and Community Service, Social Innovation Fund, Expert Reviewer, 2012 - 2016

    Emerging Practitioners in Philanthropy, Founding Steering Committee, National Board, 2000-2006

    Funders for a Just Economy, Co-Chair, 2007-2011, Steering Committee, 2011-2016

    Funders for Justice, Co-Founder, Co-Chair, 2015 - Current

    Grantmakers Concerned with Immigrants and Refugees, Board of Directors, 2011-2017

    Interfaith Funders, Board of Directors, Chair of the State of the Field Research Committee, 2007 - 2014

    James P. Shannon Leadership Institute, Participant, 2015-2016

    National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy, Board of Directors, 2015 - Current

    Neighborhood Funders Group, Board of Directors, Co-Chair, 2010 – 2016

    Philanthropy New York, Faculty, Essential Skills and Strategies for New Grantmakers, 2013 - Current

    Solidaire, Steering Committee, Chair, Finance Committee, 2015-2018

    Recent Publications

    Asian Pacific Islanders in Philanthropy and Rockefeller Brothers Fund, Philanthropic Efforts Aimed at Improving Relations between the U.S. and Muslim Societies, Co-Author, 2010

    Alliance for Justice, Bolder Advocacy Blog, Engaging Funders About Politically Motivated Attacks, Author, 2014

    Bay Area Justice Funders, What is a Justice Funder Blog, Not More Fake Funder Budgets!, Author, 2014

    Grantmakers for Children, Youth and Families, Leveraging Limited Dollars: Achieving Tangible Results for Families Through Policy and Civic Engagement, Presenter, 2012

    Grantmakers for Effective Organizations, Actions Speak Louder Than Words: The Connection between Values and Practice, Presenter, 2014

    Grants Managers Networks, GMNsight Journal, No More Fake Funder Budgets!, Author, 2014

    John D. Gerhardt Center on Philanthropy and Civic Engagement, American University in Cairo, Emerging Trends in Social Justice Philanthropy in Egypt, Author, 2009

    Neighborhood Funders Group and National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy, How to Creatively Fund Social Movements, Webinar Moderator, 2017

    National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy, Responsive Philanthropy, Transformative Philanthropy: Supporting Institution-Based Community Organizing, Co-Author, 2013

    Philanthropy New York, No More Fake Funder Budgets! Transforming Grantee Financial Review, Presenter, 2016

    Resource Generation, Creating Change Conference, Social Justice Grantmaking 101, Presenter, 2016

    RoadMap, Weathering the Storm : A Toolkit on Protecting Your Organization Against Opposition Attacks, Working with Funder Allies, Author, 2015

    The Fountain: A Newsletter from the John D. Gerhardt Center on Philanthropy and Civic Engagement, What is Social Change Philanthropy? Volume 2, Issue 1, Author, 2009

    Takaful: First Annual Conference on Arab Philanthropy and Civic Engagement in Amman, Jordan, Emerging Trends in Social Justice Philanthropy in Egypt, Presenter, 2011

    The Foundation Review, Volume 6, Issue 3, In Other Words, the Budgets Are Fake: Why One Funder Eliminated Grantee Budgets to Improve Financial Due Diligence, Author, 2014

    Research Interests

    Progressive Philanthropy in the US, Philanthropic Development in the Middle East and North Africa, Nonprofit Financial Health, and Capacity-Building for Nonprofits

    Awards And Honors



    Research Fellow, John D. Gerhardt Center, American University in Cairo, 2009

    Neighborhood Funders Group, Award for Excellence in Philanthropy, 2018

    Current Courses

    Fundraising and Development

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