BOSTON, MA – Wednesday, September 17, 2014 – The Philanthropic Initiative (TPI) today announced the hiring of Maggi Alexander to head TPI’s Center for Global Philanthropy. TPI has been advising clients with global interests and promoting philanthropy abroad for 25 years. Through its philanthropic advisory services for companies, foundations, families and individuals, the Center helps its clients to address global challenges in innovative and effective ways. The Center also partners with experts and local organizations to advance philanthropy and promote transformative giving worldwide.
In addition to leading TPI’s Center for Global Philanthropy, Alexander will oversee New England International Donors (NEID), a growing community of more than 100 grant makers, social investors and advisors, who catalyze tens of millions of dollars around the globe each year to respond to immediate crises such as the earthquake in Haiti and the current Ebola outbreak in West Africa – and to address longer term development issues such as education, health care, food security, gender equity and environmental sustainability.
“Maggi’s array of experience in international development will bring fresh and strategic insight for our clients and organization,” said TPI’s managing partner, Jamie Jaffee. “She can guide clients through all phases of global philanthropy – from identifying philanthropic partners – to implementing innovative grant programs and evaluating effectiveness. Maggi is a passionate advocate of turning great ideas into reality.”
As a former director of programs at ImagineNations Group, Alexander provided young people and smallholder farmers in rural communities with relevant education, training, and finance, fostering a new generation of Africans who are prosperous along the field-to-fork agriculture value chain. In 2006, she founded and continues to serve as volunteer Director for Kids-Take-Action, a nonprofit aimed at inspiring service and social action among school-aged children.
Over her career, Alexander has held several other senior leadership positions with national and international organizations, including the W.K Kellogg Foundation, UNICEF, the Fetzer Institute, and the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation. Alexander joined the International Youth Foundation (IYF) in 1991, shortly after it was established, serving in numerous key leadership roles, including direct program and organizational leadership of a fast growing network of partner foundations across Asia, Europe, Latin America, Africa and the Middle East. Today, IYF is among the world’s leading public foundations focused on investing in young people, with operations in more than 80 countries.
"It goes without saying that the challenges facing our world transcend traditional boundaries,” says Alexander, “People and organizations are looking for strategic ways to make a difference, to leverage what we know works, and to genuinely collaborate. I look forward to building on the Center's years of knowledge and experience in advancing solutions to critical social and environmental issues."