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Jane Ward

Grants Director  |  Meyer Foundation


Jane Robinson Ward serves as the grants director at the Meyer Foundation, one of the Washington area’s oldest and largest locally focused philanthropies. Working across operations and program teams, Jane manages the Foundation’s $6 million annual grantmaking portfolio and grants database, ensures legal compliance, and is currently developing a new knowledge management strategy. Since coming to Meyer in 2006, she has led efforts to streamline processes for grant applicants and staff, implemented the Foundation’s first-ever online application and reporting system, and played a key role in designing and developing the Foundation’s Children and Family Capacity-Building Initiative, Julie L. Rogers Sabbatical Program and, most recently, new funding priorities that promote racial equity and systems change in the Greater Washington region.

Before joining Meyer, Jane spent a decade at the National Council of Nonprofit Associations, with responsibilities that spanned program design, fund development, finance, administration, and government relations. She led the Council’s work to deliver grants and technical assistance to seed 15 new state associations around the country, and was the Council’s lead staff in organizing nonprofits nationwide to fight the Istook amendment, proposed federal legislation to silence nonprofit advocacy.

Jane has also worked in foundation relations at Carleton College, was founding operations director of the national student community activist group Campus Outreach Opportunity League (COOL), and served as consulting program staff for the commission on National and Community Service. Jane began her career as a center director for DC’s Higher Achievement program. She has served on boards and committees for Independent Sector, National Center for Charitable Statistics, the Catalogue for  Philanthropy Washington DC, PEAK Grantmaking, Nonprofit Management Association, COOL, and Carleton College. Jane earned a bachelor of arts degree in English from Carleton College.

Washington, D.C.

Term expires 2021