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Edward Skloot

President, Sundra Foundation


Edward Skloot is Director of the Center for Strategic Philanthropy and Civil Society and Professor of the Practice at the Terry Sanford Institute of Public Policy, Duke University. In June 2007 he retired as President of the Surdna Foundation, a family foundation headquartered in New York City. Before coming to Surdna, Skloot was founder and President of New Ventures, a nonprofit consulting firm that assisted other NGOs in earning income as a complement to fundraising. Earlier, he served as a senior official in the governments of New York City and New York State and worked in the for-profit world as a management consultant. Currently, Skloot serves on the boards of Independent Sector, Venture Philanthropy Partners, TROSA, Citizens Schools and the National Council for Palliative Care. He is a member of the advisory boards of the Bridgespan Group and the Center on Philanthropy and Civil Society, Stanford University. The Surdna Foundation has published a compilation of Skloot’s recent speeches in the book Beyond the Money: Reflections on Philanthropy, the Nonprofit Sector, and Civic Life, 1999-2006. He was also the principal writer and editor of The Nonprofit Entrepreneur, published by the Foundation Center.