The Resilience Funders Network was initiated in 2016 by a small group of funders who were active in environmental, health, justice, educational, and related issues. Since then, we’ve held gatherings across the United States and Europe, growing to about 50 members in the process.

As we think about these issues and absorb the cumulative challenges we face, people often want to know what to do. Some want to prepare personally for future shocks; others want to build resilient local communities. Some want to change consciousness; others want to help build regional, state, national, or international institutions.

We believe these strands complement each other and aren’t promoting a specific response. Our goal is to draw attention to the global polycrisis. We seek a balanced approach to positive and negative trends. We’re “trigger agnostic” and don’t claim to know what combination of factors will initiate major future shocks—or when they will come. Our structure evolves as needs and interests become evident.

Our Values

Omega is committed to core human and environmental values. These include social, racial, and gender equity, and diversity, democracy, human rights, transparency, and biodiversity. The Earth Charter and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights address these values. At the same time, we value perspectives from across the political spectrum, age spectrum, and from around the world.

A Learning Community

Omega is presently an invitational learning community for funders, former funders, individual donors, and thought partners. There is no fee for joining. Though we welcome contributions, Omega will not try to influence your portfolio. We simply encourage partners to reflect on the global challenge and how they choose to respond.

We select thought partners with the goal of ensuring a diversity of informed opinions and perspectives. If you’re interested in joining Omega please reach out via our contact page.If you’re interested in forming your own Omega circle, we encourage you to do so, whether you’re connected with philanthropy or not.

To register your circle as part of our learning community, please contact us.

RFN Advisory Board Members

The Resilience Funders Network was among the first initiatives of Omega.  Today, RFN functions as an independent project with its own Advisory Board. RFN is distinct from classic funder affinity groups. RFN includes past as well as present foundation staff & board members as well as private donors.  RFN also actively participates in direct dialogue with NGO and other partners. It is an experiment in all these regards.

Preeta D. Bansal

Lincoln Community Foundation, board member

 

Ann Blake

Jenifer Altman Foundation, executive director

 

David Bonbright

Ford Foundation & Aga Khan Foundation, past program officer

 

Jon Cracknell

Goldsmith Family Philanthropy, past director

 

Scott Cullen

Grace Communications Foundation, executive director

 

Joan Diamond

Millennial Alliance for Humanity and the Biosphere at Stanford, executive director; private donor

 

Andrea Frey

AJF Advisory, founder

 

Howard Frumkin

Our Planet, Our Health at Wellcome Trust, program head

 

Katherine Fulton

Fishburn Foundation Fund, Community Foundation Western Virginia

 

Kathryn Gilje

Ceres Trust, executive director

 

Peter Goldmark

Rockefeller Foundation, past president

 

Colin Greer

New World Foundation, president

 

Judy Hatcher

Biodiversity Funders Group, executive director

 

Jon Jensen

Park Foundation, past executive director; advisor

  • Philip Johnson, Director, Environment & Health Program at Heinz Endowments
  • Tom Kruse, Program Director, Rockefeller Brothers Fund
  • Michael Lerner, President, Jenifer Altman Foundation
  • Janet Maughan, Former Executive Director, Passport Foundation
  • Maryanne Mott, Co-Founder, CS Fund
  • Pete Myers, Board Member, Jenifer Altman Foundation
  • Michael Northrop, Program Director, Rockefeller Brothers Fund
  • Angela Oh, Philanthropic Advisor
  • Birju Pandya, Co-Founder, Mobius
  • Tamzin Ractliffe, Executive Director, Impact Trust
  • Vinit Rishi, Director of Administration, Oak Foundation.
  • Richard Russell, Board Member, Russell Foundation
  • Hans Schoepflin, Emeritus Director, Panta Rhea Foundation, and Chair, Schoepflin Foundation
  • Oren Slozberg, Co-Advisor, Barbara Smith Fund
  • Eleni Sotos, Consultant, Former senior staff Garfield Foundation
  • Chet Tchozewski, Board Member, China Cienega Foundation
  • Jeff Wise, Director of Strategic Programs, Health and Environmental Funders Network