CEP Speakers

Staff at CEP are available to speak on a variety of topics such as current giving trends, effective giving, and the role of America’s nonprofit sector in a moment when a strong sector is needed more than ever.

Profile of Ellie Buteau

Phil Buchanan, who has led CEP since its founding in 2001, is a respected leader in the field of philanthropy and a devoted advocate for the nonprofit sector. Phil is author of Giving Done Right: Effective Philanthropy and Making Every Dollar Count, published in 2019 by PublicAffairs, and co-host of a podcast of the same name. He writes frequently on the CEP Blog, and his op-eds have appeared in publications such as The Financial Times and The Boston Globe. A seven-time member of The Nonprofit Times’ “Power and Influence Top 50” list, Phil is a frequent commentator on philanthropy in the media and speaks regularly across the country about effective giving.

Ellie Buteau, Ph.D., vice president, research, leads the creation of CEP’s data-driven research. An expert in research design and statistical analysis, Ellie is an authority in the fields of foundation strategy, performance assessment, and funder-nonprofit relationships. Most recently, she spearheaded the efforts for CEP’s latest research report, Crucial Donors: How Major Individual Givers Can Best Support Nonprofits, our first major research publication aimed at both foundations and major individual donors.

Kevin Bolduc, vice president, assessment and advisory services, leads the creation and delivery of CEP’s performance assessments, including the groundbreaking Grantee Perception Report (GPR), which he helped design after joining CEP in 2001. Kevin is a frequent speaker to funder boards and staff on topics of high-quality grantmaking.

Jen Vorse Wilka leads YouthTruth, a rapidly growing national nonprofit housed within CEP that harnesses student perceptions to help K-12 educators accelerate improvements in their schools and classrooms. Jen speaks frequently to education funders and school and district leaders about making education systems more responsive to the needs and aspirations of the students they serve.

Sonya Heisters, deputy director of YouthTruth, works with educators to thoughtfully engage with student perception data to accelerate meaningful change. Sonya speaks with education funders and school and district leaders about the process of collecting, interpreting, and acting upon stakeholder feedback.

Grace Chiang Nicolette, vice president, programming and external relations, works closely with the President on the organization’s partnerships, outreach efforts, communications, and innovative programming, including oversight of CEP’s biennial conference for foundation executives. Grace is a frequent speaker at conferences and to foundation and nonprofit boards and staff on topics of philanthropic effectiveness and also philanthropy in China.

Austin Long, director, assessment and advisory services, leads relationships with funders using CEP’s assessments and customized advisory engagements and assists in the development of new assessments and services. Austin is a frequent speaker at national conferences and to funder boards and staff on topics of grantee, donor, and foundation staff feedback.

Naomi Orensten, director, research, leads research initiatives at CEP and has co-authored reports such as Foundations Respond to Crisis, Policy Influence: What Foundations are Doing and Why, and The Future of Foundation Philanthropy: The CEO Perspective. Naomi speaks about CEP’s research at regional and national conferences and facilitates workshops about effective funder practices.

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Grace Nicolette, VP, Programming & External Relations

  • gracen@cep.org
  • 617-674-0763

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