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Katherine Fulton      

Expert on Social Chance and Philanthropy & Former President of Monitor Institute

Katherine Fulton is an expert on social change and philanthropy and President of Monitor Institute, a consulting firm for the social sector.

In her diverse roles as a journalist, teacher, leader and trusted advisor, Fulton has spent her life as a change agent—helping individuals, organizations and communities learn to be better, braver and wiser. Beginning in the early 2000s, her work has focused on the non-profit sector, as she became a well-known philanthropy expert and advisor to many leading foundations. She spent a decade building Monitor Institute into one of the nation’s leading social sector consulting firms.

Billions of dollars are spent on philanthropy each year, but the way they are spent is changing rapidly. Katherine Fulton's team at Monitor Group has been tracking these changes, and she has become an eloquent advocate for the “New Philanthropy,” surprising audiences with her insights on an underreported phenomenon of momentous significance.

As president of Monitor Institute, she works with today's most imaginative, entrepreneurial leaders (not just in philanthropy, but also in business and government) to pioneer breakthrough next practices in how complex social problems are framed, confronted, funded and ultimately solved.

As a result of her efforts, she has been awarded both a Nieman Fellowship at Harvard University and a Lyndhurst Foundation prize for community service. Her innovative course design at Duke University was featured in Time magazine and her work on the future of journalism in Columbia Journalism Review. She is also co-author of several books, among them, Investing for Social and Environmental Impact: A Blueprint for Catalyzing an Emerging Industry, Looking Out for the Future: An Orientation for Twenty-First Century Philanthropists and What If? The Art of Scenario Thinking for Nonprofits.

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