Clients & Kudos

Current and Recent Clients

Past Clients

  • Anonymous family foundation – as part of its sunsetting strategy, revised a grantmaking program that will build nonprofit endowments and reserves and shaped a related capacity building program (with Craig Muska)
  • Anonymous donor in Florida – philanthropic advising, scoping and project management of a capacity-building project for three grantees
  • Anonymous donor in Massachusetts – strategic philanthropy plan and grantee research following the sale of his ownership in his family’s business
  • Donor family in Indiana – refined the governance and grantmaking frameworks for three generations involved in a Donor-Advised Fund
  • Annie E. Casey Foundation – research for its philanthropic partnerships
  • Central Indiana Community Foundation and its partner organization, Making Connections Indianapolis
  • Colorado Association of Funders – family philanthropy forum
  • Community Foundation of Greater Huntsville – defining a portfolio of philanthropic services
  • Community Foundation of Pulaski County – strategic planning, plan update facilitation, community leadership coaching
  • Council of Michigan Foundations – training for community foundations
  • Emily Hall Tremaine Foundation – board discussion to help the family foundation develop an impact investing strategy
  • FISA Foundation – revised grant and impact strategy
  • The Forbes Funds – research into funders’ interest in and capacity for impact investing, recommendations for field-building
  • Grantmakers of Western Pennsylvania – strategic roadmapping project
  • Grassroots Grantmakers – education program development and facilitation, board retreat facilitation
  • Iowa Council of Foundations – meeting facilitation, webinars and conference session for community foundations
  • Legacy Foundation – strategic plan
  • Legacy Fund and its supporting organization, the Thomas P. and Sondra D. Sheehan Charitable Foundation – incorporation and start-up process
  • Lumina Foundation for Education – project management and capacity building for it Know How 2 GO initiative
  • Neighborhood Allies – board retreat and strategic plan, advising on grantmaking and community leadership strategies, streamlining its grantmaking process
  • Project for Public Spaces – facilitating two funder forums
  • Roy A. Hunt Foundation – advising to new executive director, evaluation of inquiry letters and grant reports, creating analysis of trustee personal philanthropic profiles, writing white paper on the foundation’s future
  • University of Pittsburgh – Philanthropy Forum at GSPIA – researched and drafted chapter for book on history of philanthropy in Pittsburgh
  • With Ekstrom Alley Clontz:
    • Strategic planning and board retreats for community foundations in Chautauqua Region (NY), Greensboro, Memphis, South Lake County (FL), Wichita, and more
    • Community Foundation of Elkhart County – assessment of its grantmaking, capacity building, and community leadership programs; recommendations for changes


“We all so valued the time with you during our recent board meeting. You delivered the perfect set of materials for our audience!” – Michelle Knapik, President, Emily Hall Tremaine Foundation

“I can say Tony Macklin served our foundation and our family with great diligence and competence and administrative skill.  He led us to become a more professional foundation. He introduced us to many new foundation policies, such as learning and giving circles. He taught us how to investigate and understand the qualities of various grantees. And he prodded us to introduce more effective and long-lasting philanthropy practices. Finally, after only a few months in his time with us, he came to know the names and backgrounds and characters of each and every member of the 12 senior and 18 next generation trustees, certainly a complicated task that in the end proved to be an important part of his leadership of our foundation.” – Richard M. Hunt, senior-most Trustee, Roy A. Hunt Foundation

“Tony is a great people- and dot- connector, constantly turning up good information and sharing good ideas. He’s also a skilled facilitator who can get things moving and keep them that way – an essential skill set as executive director of a family foundation with nearly 30 trustees spanning three generations. He brings excellent experience and deep knowledge of philanthropy, especially family philanthropy, to his consulting practice.” – Barbara Taylor, Executive Director, Grantmakers of Western Pennsylvania