Karen Keating Ansara

Karen and her husband Jim’s inspiration for philanthropy comes from the adoption of their four young adult children, with whom they live in Essex, MA and Boston’s Back Bay.  Witnessing the conditions in which millions of children are born and raised, they have been making grants to end global poverty and build health systems, primarily in Haiti, via a fund at The Boston Foundation since 2006.  Recognizing a dearth of learning opportunities for herself and other globally focused funders, Karen co-founded New England International Donors in 2008.  She continues to serve as Chair of the Steering Committee of NEID, based at The Philanthropic Initiative and The Boston Foundation. 

In 2010, in the immediate days after the horrific earthquake in Haiti, Karen co-founded with The Boston Foundation the Haiti Fund.  Guided by a primarily Haitian Advisory Board, the Fund made over $4.2 million in grants for humanitarian relief and development over five years.  After participating on the Advisory Board and Grantmaking Committee, and now serving on the Board of the Haiti Development Institute (HDI), Karen is committed to strengthening Haitian-led NGOS and improving collaboration among those who fund them. 

In addition to HDI, Karen serves on the boards of the Millennium Campus Network and MCE Social Capital; on the Advisory Boards of the Institute for Justice and Democracy in Haiti and the Frederick S. Pardee School of Global Studies at Boston University; and as a member of the Leadership Council of Oxfam America.  Karen is a past Steering Committee member of the Opportunity Collaboration and Corporator for Wheelock College in Boston, Harborlight Community Partners and the Essex County Community Foundation. She graduated from Wellesley College (Political Science) and Andover Newton Theological School (M.Div.) and is an alum of The Philanthropy Workshop. 

For further activities, read Karen’s LinkedIn bio.