Helen Monroe is a nationally recognized leader in philanthropy, endowment building and development of nonprofit organizations. Her accomplishments include building the assets of the San Diego Community Foundation from $1.5 million to $75 million during her 10-year tenure as Executive Director. In addition, she raised another $75 million in planned gifts. She built the San Diego Foundation from a small organization, unknown even in San Diego, to one of the leading community foundations in the country. She concurrently founded and served as Executive Director of the Pacific American Community Foundation that was organized to create endowments for the Pacific Rim countries. This was one of the earliest international efforts to serve philanthropic interests of donors throughout the world.
A graduate of Chatham College, Pittsburgh, PA with a B.A. in art and French, Helen earned a lifetime teaching credential at University of California at Berkeley.
Helen is now President of the Endowment Development Institute, a management consulting firm specializing in helping philanthropic organizations. The Institute works with the country’s largest private foundations as well as with the smallest community foundations to build endowments, create strategic plans, and improve overall nonprofit management and fund development.
Helen also knows fund raising from the volunteer point of view and has served on a variety of community boards including the Salvation Army, San Diego Museum of Man, San Diego Rotary Club, the North County Philanthropy Council, the Junior League, and the Legacy Endowment of North San Diego County.
Helen recently received the Sagamore of the Wabash award for her tremendous dedication to community foundations in Indiana.
"For 18 years Helen has helped guide our philanthropic initiative working with both the funder and our staff on planning, training and consulting assignments. Our huge success in raising over $1 billion of charitable funds in that time wouldn't have been possible without her help."
"I can’t say enough wonderful things about the overall content and breakdown of the information. I think that our nonprofit partners will learn so much useful knowledge and gain more confidence in their endowment building practices upon completing this course. I learned some new things and found the rest to be a good refresher and think that the handouts are incredibly helpful as well."