The Wayfinder Foundation was created to address two major problems in education policy and domestic philanthropy. From an education perspective, too many education reform policy solutions seem to revolve around isolating education from other major public policy issues that affect economically insecure families and communities. Wayfinder views education as one issue that intersects with a whole variety of public policy concerns affecting families struggling with economic insecurity. From a philanthropic perspective, the majority of investments in the non-profit sector go to established organizations, run by people with significant race and class privilege. Wayfinder, on the other hand, makes direct cash investments in women of color, whose lives are affected by the issues we discuss, and who are acting as activists on behalf of their own families and communities. Wayfinder’s aim with this project is to build a significant, personalized program for the activists they financially support and provide them with leadership development resources, coaching, and mentorship opportunities which will equip their activists to lead to a groundswell of grassroots demand that acts as a credible force for systemic change in education and other issues that impact economically-insecure families.
Angela Jones Hackley is Chief Program Officer at the Wayfinder Foundation with over 24 years of successful leadership in non-profit management, resource development, advocacy and policy analysis, and philanthropy. Angela has served as the Interim Executive Director of the DC Children and Youth Investment Trust Corporation and held several leadership positions during her tenure at the Community Foundation for the National Capital Region, including Interim President and Vice President of Philanthropic Service. A native Washingtonian, Angela grew up in Anacostia, in SE DC and is a proud graduate of DCPS