PEAK Grantmaking Journal | The Voice of the African American Male in Philanthropy

The publication of our latest PEAK Grantmaking Journal, focused on Black Voices in Grants Management, was just the beginning of this conversation for us. 

Black men at different levels within grants management and philanthropy will share their experiences and views of a sector that has been dominated by white men. In philanthropy, there is little representation for Black men in leadership positions, and this conversation will help bring perspective to the data around representation for Black voices.

You will come away from the webinar thinking, “I SEE – not just know about – Black men in philanthropy, they belong here, and the leadership that they demonstrate – in their communities, in their churches, and in philanthropy – is valued and valuable.”

Original air date: April 14, 2020

View second webinar in this two-part series.

Steven Casey

Associate Director, Grants Management

MacArthur Foundation

Steve is the associate director in grants management for the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation in Chicago, Illinois. He is responsible for the day-to-day operations of the grants management team and advises staff on grants management, structure of grants, and regulatory compliance requirements, and helps to ensure that the right systems, processes, and practices are in place to accomplish the goals and objectives of the Foundation.

Steve earned his Bachelor of Administration in Finance from the University of the District of Columbia and his M.B.A. in Finance from Marquette University in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. 

The Caseys are raising their two son’s (Joel & Michael) in the Englewood community of Chicago. A homeowner and property owner in his neighborhood, Steve also is affiliated with numerous community related activities and currently is on the Board of Neighborhood Housing Services of Chicago. Named a German Marshall Fund Fellow in 2004.

Roland Kennedy

Grants Operations Liaison

Bloomberg Philanthropies

Nathaniel Smith

Founder and Chief Equity Officer

Partnership for Southern Equity

Marcus Walton

President & CEO

Grantmakers for Effective Organizations (GEO)

Richerd Winton

Grants Management Associate

William Davidson Foundation

Genise Singleton (Moderator)

Program Operations Manager

The Kresge Foundation

Genise T. Singleton is program operations manager for The Kresge Foundation, overseeing day-to-day operations of the grants and program-related investments portfolio. She joined Kresge’s staff in 1995.

She assists in the overall development and streamlining of the foundation’s grant processes and procedures, ensuring the proper disposition of grants and program-related investments and grantee compliance. She also reviews Kresge’s grants database.

Genise has a deep interest in the ways data can be used to advance the work of the philanthropic sector, and is a member of several philanthropic affinity groups.

A Detroit native, she earned a bachelor of arts in English from Marygrove College and has served on Marygrove’s alumni board as well as the boards of several other nonprofits.

Grants Management Professional Competency Model

Cross-Cutting Competencies

  • Communications: Listen to others and communicate effectively.
  • Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion: Promote diversity, equity, and inclusion in grantmaking practices.
  • Strategic Management: Promote organizational mission and goals and inspire colleagues to achieve them.

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