About Us

new_jeff_headshotJeffrey M. Glebocki, Founder & Lead Advisor

Strategy + Action/Philanthropy

Foundation executive, philanthropic advisor, civic leader.

Jeff is nationally-recognized for his extensive service in the philanthropic and nonprofit sectors, with specific expertise in family and private foundations.  An accomplished grantmaker, executive and advisor, Jeff’s experience is deeply rooted in philanthropic practice, education grantmaking (K-12 & higher education), civic affairs, community and economic development, youth issues and nonprofit management.

As founder and CEO of Strategy + Action/Philanthropy, since 2006 he has helped foundations, nonprofits and institutions around the country become catalysts for change in the communities and causes they serve.

Jeff is also Foundation Coordinator for The Doll Family Foundation of Shaker Heights, Ohio.

As past president of The Raymond John Wean Foundation, he led a strategic review that resulted in a sustainable management and operations infrastructure, a streamlined grantmaking process, and a set of grant priorities and strategies.  He launched several new and re-imagined initiatives to create greater impact in the Foundation’s target communities–including a program to increase the number of college-bound youth; an economic competitiveness effort to build an inclusive approach to talent development; and a community-based drive to strengthen youth development and recreation opportunities.

Previously, he managed an annual education grantmaking portfolio of up to $5 million at The George Gund Foundation in Cleveland; he served as Program Officer for Civic Affairs for The Nord Family Foundation and Program Officer for Youth Development at The Virginia G. Piper Charitable Trust.

Jeff is a board and faculty member of Exponent Philanthropy, the philanthropic sector’s largest membership organization, and has been a mentor for its Next Generation Fellows Program.  He has served on the boards of Grantmakers for Education and the regional association of grantmakers in Ohio; and was a founding board member of Philanthropy for Active Civic Engagement.

He has co-written philanthropic articles and booklets for the National Center for Family Philanthropy, Indiana Grantmakers Alliance, Grantmakers for Education, and Exponent Philanthropy, and has been appointed to state boards and commissions in Ohio and Arizona.

Jeff lives in Tucson, Arizona, where you’ll often find him on his bike exploring what’s around that next turn.

 

Strategy + Action/Philanthropy partners with these philanthropic and nonprofit leaders to provide a broad spectrum of skill and experience to the people and organizations we serve:

 

Evan MendelsonEvan Mendelson, Associate

Strategy + Action/Philanthropy

Advisor in strategic philanthropy, organizational development, leadership transitions.

Evan Mendelson has over 40 years of experience working in the philanthropic and nonprofit sectors, including consulting and executive roles for local and national organizations, in small cities and large, and for mainstream and grassroots organizations.

Evan’s expertise is in increasing the capacity of nonprofit organizations, creating sustainable systems change through collective impact strategies, developing high impact grantmaking strategies, and facilitating successful leadership transitions.

She was the founding Executive Director of the Jewish Funders Network, a national membership organization of individual philanthropists and family foundations. Her work with family foundations continued with Diamond Family Philanthropies and the David and Lura Lovell Foundation where she set up grantmaking systems, managed grantmaking programs, and helped develop strategic directions that resulted in increased grant size and greater community impact. As consultant to the Harold Grinspoon Foundation of Springfield, Massachusetts, Evan spent two years interviewing and assessing the role of major philanthropists in small and mid-sized communities across America.

Her work at the Community Foundation for Southern Arizona resulted in the creation of a cutting edge, multi-year grantmaking process to build sustainable collaborations addressing systems change, across public and private sectors, through collective impact.

Evan has trained as a professional Interim Executive Director and is currently serving in that role for Casa de la Luz Foundation in Tucson, advising their Board of Directors on ways to expand the foundation’s growth, create the infrastructure to support that growth, and assist in the search for a permanent Executive Director.

Evan currently volunteers as a member of the Board of Directors of the Jewish Community Foundation of Tucson and Southern Arizona and incoming chair of the Grants Committee. She is also Vice President of the Arts Foundation for Tucson and Southern Arizona.

 

Christina MilanoChristina Milano, Associate

Strategy + Action/Philanthropy

Education and organizational development advisor.

Christina Milano has a significant track record working with non-profit organizations throughout the nation. These include college access programs, statewide networks, as well as arts, health and education-focused groups. Her expertise is in program evaluation and management, strategic planning, replication, organizational development, fund raising and fiscal management. Tina has authored guidebooks and provided counsel on creating local programs and regional and statewide networks.

Milano was executive director of the Cleveland Scholarship Programs (College Now) for 14 years where she worked closely with the Cleveland schools and numerous community partners. She co-founded and became the first executive director of the National College Access Network. During her tenure, that organization’s membership grew from 28 to more than 250 organizations. Tina has been instrumental in helping create dozens of college access programs in cities and states as well as in under-resourced rural areas throughout the country through needs analyses and providing blueprints for creating each organization.

She has worked with organizations around the country in helping raise millions of dollars from government, foundation and individuals. These efforts range from advocating with federal and state officials to grant writing to advising on direct mail outreach.

Milano recently served as the CEO of a non-profit health provider where she conducted an evaluation of all client services. This evaluation led to the reconfiguration of most existing client services and introduction of new, more impactful, evidence-based programs – and a stable financial scenario for the organization’s future.

A resident of Moreland Hills, Ohio, Tina serves as an officer of the National Community and Education Partnerships and formerly served as a board member of Citizens Academy, the Cleveland Bar Association and other non-profit organizations. She holds a degree in accounting from the City University of New York.

 

Ronald A. StewartRonald A. Stewart, Ph.D., Associate

Strategy + Action/Philanthropy

Leader in organizational development.

Dr. Stewart has served grant making organizations by redesigning grantee application materials, developing metrics and tools to measure grantee success, conducting feasibility studies, assessing organizational sustainability of grantees, and conducting issue-based focus groups to delineate and substantiate need.

His development activities for nonprofit and public organizations include training, executive coaching, executive search, board & staff development, planning, and fundraising.

A rural Ohio native, he understands the need to engage young people, especially those from Appalachia, in contemporary global issues and to encourage their participation in the delivery of community based solutions inspired by this increased awareness. In 2010, he established the Ronald A. Stewart Fund for International Study and Service at Case Western Reserve University’s Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences to award scholarships to qualified students to study and serve around the globe.

A resident of southern California’s Coachella Valley, Dr. Stewart holds a Doctorate in Interdisciplinary Studies in Organizational Leadership and Management from The Union Institute and University, a Master of Arts in Nonprofit Organizations from Case Western Reserve University, and a Bachelor of Arts in Rhetoric and Communications from Kent State University.

 

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