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Council on Foundations head seeks to win back members

Kathleen Enright’s first priority as CEO has been to replace previous membership system with a streamlined dues structure


Oct. 11, 2019
By Walt Williams

Kathleen Enright was on track to become a public interest attorney when a college internship changed the course of her life.

Enright was an undergraduate student at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Campaign when she was given the opportunity to travel to Washington, D.C., to intern at the National Network of Youth, a nonprofit organization dedicated to ending youth homelessness. The work she saw there convinced her to instead pursue a career in nonprofits, which three decades later culminated in her leadership at Council on Foundations.

“I was 18-19 years old and this was a brand-new world for me,” she told CEO Update. “I just saw the broad array of issues on which the nonprofit sector was contributing, not only from a policy perspective but from a direct service perceptive.”