CCP President Maggie Osborn Accepts New Post in Washington

Monday, March 14, 2016

HARTFORD, CT — Maggie Gunther Osborn, president of the Connecticut Council for Philanthropy (CCP), will leave the organization at the end of June to assume the post of chief strategy officer for the Forum of Regional Associations of Grantmakers (Forum) in Washington, DC.  

CCP is a statewide membership organization supporting the philanthropic sector through programming, advocacy and partnerships, and is a member of the Forum, which is the largest network serving philanthropy in America.  

“In three short years, Maggie’s dynamic leadership has brought CCP to a new level.” said CCP Board Chair Sue Murphy. “Our many networks have been expanded and strengthened; our membership has grown and diversified; and our voice has been amplified in Connecticut and beyond. As Maggie takes on her new post in Washington, we know that she will continue to act as an advocate for our state.”

Murphy stated that the CCP Board of Directors is planning to hire an interim leader to keep CCP functioning smoothly while a search is conducted to identify a new CEO. “Our top priority is to ensure that CCP continues to fulfill its mission of service to and leadership of the state’s philanthropic community during this time of transition,” she said.   

Osborn has been president of the Connecticut Council of Philanthropy since May 2013. Previously, she was vice president of Florida Philanthropic Network, also a Forum member, from 2010 through 2013. She also served as director of the Conn Memorial Foundation, a private grantmaking foundation in Tampa, for more than seven years, and has been involved in the nonprofit and philanthropic field in many other professional and volunteer capacities throughout her career.

“I look forward to welcoming Maggie to the Forum team,” said David Biemesderfer, the Forum’s president and CEO. “She brings strong skills and a deep understanding of the art and practice of philanthropy and the role of philanthropy-serving organizations in the sector, as well innovative and strategic thinking that will serve the Forum well as we work to be the nexus for regional and national philanthropy in this country.”

The Connecticut Council for Philanthropy (CCP) is an association of grantmakers committed to promoting and supporting effective philanthropy for the public good. CCP’s members are foundations (private, corporate, community), business and corporate giving programs, bank trusts, donor-advised funds, individual philanthropists and those serving the philanthropic sector. CCP members granted more than $720 million in 2013 from assets of more than $6.3 billion.

The Forum of Regional Associations of Grantmakers is the largest network serving philanthropy in America, currently consisting of 33 regional philanthropy associations, including CCP, with more than 5,500 participating organizations. With deep regional roots and a broad nationwide reach, the Forum Network fills an important role in the philanthropic sector by improving the effectiveness of foundations and expanding their capacity to advance the common good. Current supporters of the Forum include its 33 members, the Annie E. Casey Foundation, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, the Ford Foundation and the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation.



Sue Murphy
Board Chair
Connecticut Council for Philanthropy

Laurie Allen
Director of Communications
Connecticut Council for Philanthropy