Ashley Harper

Ashley began working in the nonprofit community in Memphis, TN in 2005 and joined the Community Foundation of Greater Memphis as a program officer in 2008. In 2013 she became the Director of Grants and Initiatives, managing the foundation’s competitive grant programs. During this time, Ashley helped develop GiVE 365, which became a model for collaborative giving programs in foundations across the United States. She has been a leader in the community foundation field and served as the Chair of ProNet, previously the Council On Foundation's professional development group for community foundation program staff. Ashley is happy to continue her career with a team dedicated to supporting the philanthropic sector. Outside of work, she enjoys being outdoors, especially during bird migration along the Mississippi flyway.

  • Coffee Talk: Navigating CARES Act and Other Government Funding Programs58:54

    Coffee Talk: Navigating CARES Act and Other Government Funding Programs

    Listen in to hear how other funders are effectively managing the process of distributing government funds, around the CARES Act specifically, to generate maximum impact in their communities.

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  • Coffee Talk: Grantmaking Revelations from the COVID-19 Pandemic58:23

    Coffee Talk: Grantmaking Revelations from the COVID-19 Pandemic

    As with other emergency situations of national or global scale, successive waves of funding often move beyond immediate needs. Listen as other funders share what they're doing to move forward.

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  • Coffee Talk: COVID-19 Concerns in Grantmaking (Post-pandemic Strategy)58:38

    Coffee Talk: COVID-19 Concerns in Grantmaking (Post-pandemic Strategy)

    Upcoming conversations with trustees and grantees could indicate that new funding strategies and partnerships will be necessary in light of lessons learned during the pandemic.

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  • Good Questions = Good Data

    Good Questions = Good Data

    The reporting tool in Foundant’s Grant or Scholarship Lifecycle Manager (GLM/SLM) software allows funders to collect important data to inform and assess their grantmaking.

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  • Foundant GLM/SLM Features: Question Branching56:11

    Foundant GLM/SLM Features: Question Branching

    This feature allows you to consolidate multiple processes into a single process to streamline the experience for all, hide irrelevant questions from applicants who don’t need to answer them, and more!

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  • Framing Data to Tell Your Story

    Framing Data to Tell Your Story

    What better way to relate the importance of the programs you’ve supported and the lives affected by your grantmaking than through storytelling?

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  • Grants Coffee Talk: Non-monetary Grantmaking and Assistance52:27

    Grants Coffee Talk: Non-monetary Grantmaking and Assistance

    A recent emphasis has been put on providing assistance intended to build a nonprofit’s internal capacity. Listen to your peers share experiences in the what, why, and how of non-monetary grantmaking.

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  • Record Your Recipe: A Lesson in Workflow

    Record Your Recipe: A Lesson in Workflow

    Just like copying a recipe, documenting your workflow provides a record of each of the steps required to accomplish a task or deliver a product or program.

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  • Grantmakers: Listening Leads to Improvement

    Grantmakers: Listening Leads to Improvement

    Listening is the key to improving your relationships, your processes, and your organization.

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  • From Chaos to Client Success: A Grant Manager Story

    From Chaos to Client Success: A Grant Manager Story

    Community foundations are established to serve the people in their geographic region, but many don’t have competitive grant processes for local nonprofits. And the community foundations that do may h

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