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Meredith Mathews

Program Director

Meredith Mathews serves as the Foundation’s program director. In this role, she oversees all elements of the Foundation’s grantmaking strategy, framework and processes, with particular emphasis on centering the needs of grantee partners and continuous improvement of internal systems. Meredith is responsible for research on and application of the Foundation’s theoretical framework for grantmaking, which supports fundamental needs and breaking the cycle of poverty.

She provides context to applications and funding recommendations while working alongside applicants to engage, connect with, and support them in meeting their goals. Meredith focuses on building and strengthening authentic, trusting relationships with grantee partners.


B.A. in Psychology and Minors in Philosophy, French, and Gender and Women’s Studies
Columbia College, Columbia, S.C. (Summa Cum Laude)

French Studies
CIDEF at Université Catholique de l’Ouest, Angers, France

Certificate in Nonprofit Management
Duke University, Durham, N.C.

“Poverty is not a fate; it is a condition. It is not a misfortune; it is an injustice.”

— Gustavo Gutierrez, OP

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