Karen Keating Ansara

Karen and her husband Jim make grants to end global poverty (primarily in Haiti and Nepal) via their donor-advised fund at The Boston Foundation.  With John Harvey, Karen co-founded New England International Donors in 2008, a network of 115 donors, grantmakers, social investors and advisors.  NEID is now a program of The Philanthropic Initiative in Boston and affiliated with The Boston Foundation.  In 2010 Karen and Jim co-founded the Haiti Fund with the Boston Foundation, a fund guided by Haitian Americans and international development experts, which made grants in Haiti for five years. Karen now serves as an advisor to the emerging Haiti Development Institute and the Institute for Justice and Democracy in Haiti.  In addition, Karen serves on the Board of Directors of MCE Social Capital in California, the Leadership Council of Oxfam America, the Steering Committee of the Opportunity Collaboration, and the Board of Corporators of Wheelock College in Boston.  She recently served on the boards of Partners in Health, Essex County Community Foundation, and Harborlight Community Partners, an affordable housing organization. Jim and Karen are raising five adopted children, three from Ecuador, in Essex, MA.


NEID is administered by
The Philanthropic Initiative.