Joy Persall

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Joy Persall - Executive Director of Native Americans in Philanthropy.

"Joy Persall, holds a B.A. in Multicultural Nonprofit Administration, was previously the Associate Director of The Headwaters Foundation for Justice, and brings leadership experience in innovative community based grantmaking programs. Joy was instrumental in the expansion of a $1 million endowed fund for Native American projects in Minnesota and Wisconsin. In addition, she directed the Capacity Building program that provided technical assistance resources for grassroots organizations, and served as a bridge between the grassroots and philanthropic communities.

"Joy has completed an Emerging Philanthropic Leaders Fellowship from the National Council on Foundations, served on the Board of Minnesota Alliance for Progressive Action and The Funding Exchange. She currently serves on the Board of The National Network of Grantmakers, is chair of grantmaking for Changemakers, and serves on Headwaters Foundations Fund of the Sacred Circle community grantmaking committee.

"Currently residing in Minneapolis, Minnesota, Joy is Ontario Ojibwe, mother, grandmother, activist, and has committed her work and life to raising awareness of issues of diversity and inclusion and working for justice and equity." [1]

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  1. Staff, Native Americans in Philanthropy, accessed April 30, 2008.
  2. Advisory Board, Diversity in Philanthropy, accessed November 11, 2008.