Understanding the Value of Data

January 24, 2019

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FCAA’s most recent resource tracking report found that philanthropic funding for HIV and AIDS was at its lowest level in three years.

Private HIV and AIDS philanthropy is catalytic. It has helped drive incredible progress against the epidemic despite seemingly insurmountable odds, not unlike those we now face. So how can private philanthropy leverage its unique abilities to drive increased, focused funding where it is most needed?

The place to start is FCAA’s annual resource tracking data.

During this January webinar we invited grantmakers to join us to gather the data needed to inform their HIV/AIDS funding roadmap. We dove deeper into the findings of FCAA’s latest report – Philanthropic Support to Address HIV/AIDS in 2017 – and heard from one grantmaker on how they utilize data to inform both its funding priorities and advocacy work within broader philanthropic communities. Finally, FCAA also shared some exciting, new ways we will be building on our resource tracking efforts.

Speakers will include:

  • Cat Gironda, Research & Program Manager, Funders Concerned About AIDS
  • Sarah Hamilton, Director of Operations, Funders Concerned About AIDS
  • Mary Pounder, Program Director, Comer Family Foundation

Speaker Bios

  • FCAA Research and Program Manager Caterina (Cat) Gironda joined FCAA in 2016. As part of a small team, she supports her colleagues on programming and communications for the organization, while her main role is to manage FCAA’s resource tracking project, wherein she collects and codes grants for their annual report, tracking the landscape of philanthropic support to address HIV/AIDS. Cat currently serves as a Steering Committee member for the DC chapter of Emerging Practitioners in Philanthropy (EPIP). In a previous life, Cat worked in higher education at North Carolina State University in Gender & Sexuality studies, where her research focused on feminism and activism in online spaces and her teaching highlighted gender and racial inequities in STEM fields. Her prior work in the nonprofit field includes stretches at Girl Rising and the Third Wave Fund, as well as early work in HIV/STI prevention education. Cat received her master’s degree in Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies from the CUNY Graduate Center, as well as a bachelor’s degree in Women’s Studies from Brooklyn College
  • Director of Operations Sarah Hamilton comes to FCAA with more than four years of private sector consulting experience, with an emphasis in stakeholder relations, corporate communications and issues management. Currently, Sarah manages FCAA’s integrated approach to programming, communications and development. She was last a Senior Associate at Rabin Strategic Partners (now Rabin Martin), a leading international health public affairs firm, where she worked for both non-profit and for-private clients including Columbia University, Johnson & Johnson and the Tibotec Global Access Program.  Sarah currently lives in Spokane, Washington where she serves on the Board of Directors for the Spokane AIDS Network.
  • Mary Pounder directs the grant making and relationship management for the Comer Family Foundation and collaborates with over 150 non-profits to make a lasting impact on the lives of individuals and communities throughout Chicago and nationwide in the areas of health care, the environment, education and arts/culture. Prior to joining the Foundation, Mary led United Healthcare’s Corporate Social Responsibility Program, directing the work of 12 markets, and has 10 years of experience leading Medicaid program implementation, process improvement, mergers and acquisitions, operations and negotiations across all business segments at a local, regional and national level. She has her Master’s in Public Health from Northern Illinois University.