Daniel L. Ritchie was recently elected chairman of the board of the Daniels Fund, succeeding John Saeman, whose term as chair expired but who will continue to serve on the board. The Daniels Fund, established by cable television pioneer Bill Daniels, will award a projected $38 million in grants and $13 million in college scholarships in 2007. Its areas of giving include aging, alcoholism and substance abuse, amateur sports, disabilities, education, the homeless and disadvantaged, and youth development.
“My overall goal is to keep the foundation focused on the objectives of our founder,” says Ritchie, “while raising the standard of excellence that has already been established at the foundation. We are not in the business of distributing money; we are in the business of making a difference.”
“While our board and staff may have some disagreements, our people care deeply about honoring our donor and his goal of making life better for people in the communities we serve.”
Ritchie previously served as chairman of the board of the University of Denver from 2005 to 2007, where he served as the 16th chancellor from 1989 to 2005. During his tenure, the university pioneered the teaching of ethics at both the graduate and undergraduate levels. As chancellor, Ritchie collaborated with Bill Daniels to incorporate ethics, values and social responsibility in the business school curriculum. The school was named the Daniels College of Business in 1994.
Ritchie holds both undergraduate and MBA degrees from Harvard University. He was chairman and CEO of Westinghouse Broadcasting for eight years before moving to Colorado in 1987. He served on the education committee of the National Park System Advisory Board of which he was chair. In 1998, the National Western Stock Show Association named Ritchie its Citizen of the West. The award exemplifies the spirit and determination of the Western pioneer. He also received the Community Cultural Enrichment Award in 1996 from the Mizel Museum of Judaica.
The Philanthropy Roundtable
Joining the Roundtable as director of development is Christopher Yablonski. He previously served as a program manager for FIDES Philanthropic Management in New York City, where he oversaw a program of grants and in-kind support for capacity-building at small charities. Yablonski strategized with grantees on their fundraising and evaluated their ability to build on the seed monies he awarded. He also volunteered for his grantees across the U.S. and abroad.
From 1997 to 2002, Yablonski researched philanthropy and government grants as a policy analyst for the Capital Research Center and the Heritage Foundation. While at CRC, he edited three annual studies of Patterns in Corporate Philanthropy and designed a database linking thousands of nonprofits and grantmakers. At Heritage, Yablonski focused on federal grantmaking, monitoring programs for poor performance and questionable awards. He also helped identify noncompetitive programs totaling $787 million annually, which resulted in one case with the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention rescinding wasteful grants. Yablonski also advised Bush administration officials on public disclosure of federal awards.
From 2003 forward, he has served as a finance director, consultant and grant reviewer with private and government grantmakers.
Yablonski holds a B.A. in public policy and religion from the College of William & Mary in Williamsburg, Virginia.
Libby Greene joined the staff of The Philanthropy Roundtable as its staff assistant in May 2007. Greene recently graduated magna cum laude from Grove City College with a psychology major and religion minor. She was a Presidential Scholarship recipient and spent one semester designing and carrying out a psychological research study.
While at Grove City, Greene was involved with Stonebridge Concerts, the organization responsible for bringing concerts to her college’s campus. She occupied several positions with the group as director of ticket sales, associate of marketing and director of finance. She was also actively involved in the college’s InterVarsity Missions Fellowship. Greene studied abroad in Athens, Greece, for a semester, and acted as a panel speaker for the study abroad program upon her return. She also served at an orphanage in the highlands of Guatemala.
Greene spent five summers as a staff assistant with R. Greene Concrete Leveling Company, based in Chagrin Falls, Ohio. She has also served as a bank teller, a lifeguard and an umpire.
The Roundtable has also recently been joined by two Koch associates: Clayton Broga and Mallon Mackenzie. Broga is working with the Roundtable on publications and development. He graduated from the University of Virginia this year with a B.A. in economics and foreign affairs. Mackenzie is assisting the planning of the Roundtable’s annual meeting and various regional meetings. She graduated from Hillsdale College this year with a B.A. in political science. The Koch Associate Program was established by the Charles G. Koch Charitable Foundation to provide up-and-coming leaders with year-long, full-time positions at Washington nonprofits.