Melinda Tuan

Strategies for Social Value Creation



I am so happy you found me working at my dream job – serving as an independent consultant to philanthropic organizations around the country. I am incredibly blessed to partner with smart, passionate people who are doing their best to meet the needs of individuals who are at the margins of society and to make this world a better place. I love helping mission-oriented organizations and their leaders define, design, and implement the most effective strategies and programs to achieve their goals.

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I am an independent consultant partnering with philanthropy leaders around the country to craft, promote, and implement the very best strategies for effective grantmaking, capacity building, and program impact. 

Since 2003, I’ve had the pleasure of working with innovative, influential, and passionate organizations, including Fund for Shared Insight, The Center for High Impact Philanthropy, the Goldman Sachs Philanthropy Fund, William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, Grantmakers for Effective OrganizationsDavid and Lucile Packard Foundation, The Edna McConnell Clark FoundationRobert Wood Johnson FoundationBill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors, The Bridgespan Group, and Eagles Youth Partnership, the philanthropic arm of the National Football League’s Philadelphia Eagles.

From 1997 to 2003, I had the privilege of co-founding and managing REDF, a social venture capital fund that works with a portfolio of nonprofit organizations employing formerly homeless and low-income individuals in market-based business ventures. Prior to REDF, I was a manager at a national healthcare nonprofit and a management consultant. I also co-founded Boston Cares, and helped start a social-mission driven company, called Dayspring Technologies, in San Francisco. I currently serve on the Boards of Managers of Evergreen Lodge and Rush Creek Lodge, in Yosemite, and on REDF’s Advisory Council.

In all my roles throughout the years, I have focused on developing effective philanthropic strategies; evaluating program effectiveness; measuring philanthropy’s social impact; and building the capacity of the nonprofit sector. In one of my most-recent roles, as managing director of Fund for Shared Insight, a collaborative of some of the nation’s largest funders dedicated to openness and feedback in the philanthropic sector, I guide and facilitate operations, communications, grantmaking, evaluation, and more.

Born and raised in Honolulu, Hawaii, I attended Punahou School; graduated from Harvard University magna cum laude with an AB in Social Studies focusing on urban poverty and homelessness; and earned my MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business. I live in the “big heart, small town” of Narberth, Pennsylvania with my husband, three children, our corgi-poo Chloe, and a family of wild bunnies. And while I am often happily immersed in the world of effective philanthropy, I also enjoy playing tennis, watching my kids participate in sports and dance competitions, cooking and eating yummy food, and staying an active member of Narberth Presbyterian Church.

I look forward to the opportunity to help your mission-oriented organization meet its goals, care for people, and better the world in which we live.

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