READING THE ROOM: HOW FUNDERS AND ALLIES CAN UNDERSTAND THE NEEDS OF NONPROFITS BY LISTENING
This virtual panel discussion on Tuesday, March 21st at 7 p.m. This event is open to the public. Watch the recording here.
The panelists will share examples of how their organizations have placed Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion at the forefront of their strategy and operations as they highlight key findings and lessons learned from the report, "Reflecting Forward: Philadelphia-Based Black Leaders’ Recommendations For Regional Funders". Attendees will gain insights from the report authors on ways to connect report findings to their own work through grantmaking and other areas such as external engagement, communications, and programming.
- Kelly Woodland – Managing Director, Leadership Equity, United Way
- Mindy Aldridge – President, Nelson Foundation
- Kimberly Kirn – Executive Director, Impact100 Philadelphia (moderator)
*Due to unforeseen circumstances, Sharmain Matlock-Turner (CEO, Urban Affairs Coalition and Impact100 Philadelphia Member) is unable to attend.
You can read the report here.
Sharmain Matlock-Turner is the CEO of the Urban Affairs Coalition. She began her tenure in March 1999 with the special distinction of being the first woman to lead the Coalition. Ms. Matlock-Turner is co-founder and chair emeritus of the 24-year-old West Oak Lane Charter School. In addition, she serves on numerous boards and committees. She was appointed by Gov. Wolf to serve on the PA Redistricting Reform Commission, and the Census 2020 Complete Count Commission. She was also appointed by Philadelphia City Council to co-chair its Special Commission on Poverty Reduction & Prevention. She is a founding member of the National Network of Fiscal Sponsors. She co-chairs the Draw the Lines PA East Steering Committee.
Ms. Matlock-Turner has received numerous awards including the Philadelphia Inquirer’s Diversity and Inclusion Award and the Philadelphia Business Journal’s Most Admired CEO Award. She is often asked to speak to local, regional, and national organizations.
Ms. Matlock-Turner holds a BS degree in Education from Temple University. In 2005, she was one of three Philadelphia nonprofit leaders selected to receive a scholarship to the Harvard Business School’s Strategic Perspectives in Nonprofit Management. In 2014 she received an Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters from Peirce College. She is a Senior Fellow at the University of Pennsylvania’s Fels Institute for Government.
She is a Philadelphia resident and is married to Anthony “Tony” Turner with two grown daughters, Ayanna Matlock and Naima Fleming, and is the grandmother of Joshua Matlock Hale.
Mindy Aldridge has had a diverse career that includes working for the Federal government, for a non-profit, 15 years in financial services, eight years teaching social studies and history, and most recently 16 years working with The Nelson Foundation – first as a director, and since 2010 on staff and Board. She finds that her roles at the Foundation leverage many of her skills and is a rewarding blend of her work experience and long-term interests.
A graduate of Duke University, Mindy also holds an MBA from the Columbia Business School and an MA in History from Villanova.
Outside of work, she has served on numerous Boards and enjoys golf, reading, pot gardening, and travel. She and her husband live in the suburbs of Philadelphia where they maintain an “empty nester” household –except for a rescue dog and a parrot.
Kelly Woodland serves as Managing Director, Leadership Equity of United Way of Greater Philadelphia, and Southern New Jersey (UWGPSNJ). Kelly is responsible for developing and leading strategies to advance racial equity across the region’s philanthropic sector. Prior to joining UWGPSNJ, Kelly served as Executive Director for After School All Stars Philadelphia and Camden, a regional comprehensive after-school provider, for 5 years. For over 35 years, Kelly has been committed to creating access to opportunities for all people of color.
Kelly leveraged his rich and diverse experience in youth development and community revitalization to become a program officer at the William Penn Foundation where he created a neighborhood-based Youth Development Initiative (YDI) that focused on creating a centralized data collection system in communities and improving quality youth development. The YDI was implemented in four Philadelphia communities; Camden, New Jersey, and Chester, Pennsylvania.
In 2011, Kelly co-founded the Philadelphia African American Leadership Forum (PAALF) to promote organizational sustainability among African American-led nonprofit agencies in Philadelphia. In 2020, Kelly co-founded the Black Nonprofit Chief Executives of Philadelphia. This group consists of over 90 Black nonprofit leaders and aims to promote and strengthen Black leadership and support the sustainability and impact of their organizations.
Kelly earned a B.A. in Journalism from Temple University.
In his spare time, Kelly enjoys reading, spending time with his family, and participating in a variety of recreational and fitness activities.
Kimberly Kirn is the Executive Director of Impact 100 Philadelphia, a grant-making organization that engages women to collectively fund large grants and community awards. For more than 20 years, Kim has worked to help individuals and communities engage with the social issues that matter to them. She began her career as a legislative correspondent for then-Senator Joseph R. Biden, Jr., then returned to her hometown to serve in a variety of leadership roles within Philadelphia’s nonprofit community. She was Executive Director of Need in Deed, a city-wide organization that connects classrooms with their communities, from 2012-2018 and has provided strategic and capacity-building support to the University of Pennsylvania’s Center for High Impact Philanthropy and the Free Library of Philadelphia.
Kim holds a Master's Degree from the University of Pennsylvania’s Annenberg School for Communication and a Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Delaware. She is a graduate of Bryn Mawr College’s Nonprofit Executive Leadership Institute and a 2010 Leadership Philadelphia Fellow. Kim lives in Center City with her husband and two growing boys.