Susan Herr

Founder PhilanthroMedia

With the exception of four lucrative years as an inner-city high school English teacher, Susan has spent her entire career working to advance change through America’s Nonprofit Sector. She gained experience in the trenches of youth development and nonprofit management as publisher to the cadre of teens who publish Chicago’s citywide newspaper, New Expression, and as coordinator of the First National Youth Conventions held concurrent with the 1996 Democratic and Republication National Conventions.

From 1996-2000, she served as a senior program officer and director of a 10-year, $30 million initiative developed by The Chicago Community Trust to strengthen seven disenfranchised Chicago communities. She also spent five years as an instructor of nonprofit management at De Paul University. As managing director at Community Foundations of America from 2002-2006, Susan focused on business development, fundraising and R & D for next generation donor engagement products and services.

Susan founded PhilanthroMedia, Inc. (Pm) in January, 2007 to “celebrate the end of philanthropy as usual and to advance the perspectives of those leading the charge.” Pm works with foundations, associations and nonprofits to advance ideas that matter using new media tools including blogs, audio/video podcasts, and social networks. Clients include GivingNet (formerly known as Community Foundations of America), the Association of Small Foundations, the Drum Major Institute for Public PolicyLong Island WinsGirl Scouts USA and the Gulf Coast Community Foundation of Venice.