Public Engagement

  • Faculty

    Molly Schultz Hafid


    Molly Schultz Hafid works as the Assistant Director of the Unitarian Universalist Veatch Program at Shelter Rock, where she is responsible for the Democratic Participation, Civil and Constitutional Rights and Community Organizing program areas. Prior to the Veatch Program, she worked as the Director of Grantmaking Programs at a progressive social justice 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, redevelopment and recovery grants in the Gulf Coast region (following Hurricanes Katrina and Rita), the development of the Seasons Fund for Social Transformation, and management of the individual donor-advised fund program. Molly has also worked as a Program Manager of Strategic Partnerships at a philanthropic affinity group and as the Acting Deputy Director of a small progressive foundation in New York City.

    Schultz Hafid serves on the Boards of Director for the  Neighborhood Funders Group, Grantmakers Concerned with Immigrants and Refugees and the National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy. She has served in leadership positions with the Working Group and Labor and Community, Progressive Technology Project and Social Justice Infrastructure Funders and remains an active member of the Funders Committee on Civic Participation. Schultz Hafid serves as an Expert Reviewer for the Corporation for National and Community Service Social Innovation Fund (SIF) and the Center for Arab American Philanthropy.


    Degrees Held:

    Master of Public Administration, 2008

    Bachelor of Arts, 1998


    Professional Affiliations:

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

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

    Grantmakers Concerned with Immigrants and Refugees, Board of Directors, Membership Chair, Current

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

    James P. Shannon Leadership Institute, Participant, Current

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

    Neighborhood Funders Group, Board of Directors, Co-Chair, 2010 – 2015, Secretary, Current

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

    Social Justice Infrastructure Funders, Chair, 2008-2011, Current

    Solidaire, Steering Committee, Current

    Working Group on Labor and Community Partnerships, Co-Chair, Steering Committee, 2007-2011, Current

    Recent Publications:

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

    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

    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

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

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

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

    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 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

    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