Nancy White Lippe


Nancy White Lippe has spent 35 years developing and implementing entrepreneurial programs, building community resources, and leading, teaching and working on both sides of the grant-making aisle. She brings extensive expertise in the areas of social enterprise, arts and culture programs, restorative justice, and access to educational opportunity.

She is currently a Faculty Fellow teaching philanthropy at Tufts University, and advisor to the Tisch Council for Philanthropic Leadership. TCPL makes grants, brings local community leaders to campus, and provides consulting services to donors and nonprofits. For the past eight years, Nancy has also been the director of The Umbrella Arts Center’s Arts & Environment program in Concord MA.

Earlier, while raising her children in California, Nancy joined the Los Altos Community Foundation as a program officer.  Responsible for community outreach programs, she nurtured a network of local family foundations, taught and led regional conflict resolution programs, and launched a college scholarship and mentoring program for first generation college students. She also co-founded an elementary charter school and hosted numerous community forums on education.

Nancy’s career began in magazine publishing as the General Manager of Harvard Alumni Magazine. She subsequently became General Manager of General Communications publications in Denver, including Denver Magazine, Denver Business Magazine, and Vail Magazine. During this period, she also worked with Denver Children’s Museum in launching a network of national nonprofits engaged with earned income activities, and with the Public Education and Business Coalition.  
Across her professional experiences, Nancy’s passion has been working with people at all life stages to find their philanthropic/civic voice and path to meaningful engagement. She has spent 20 years teaching teens, college students and adults about strategic, impactful philanthropy and has partnered with national and regional foundations to develop curricular materials and provide education programs. She looks for opportunities to connect donors with local nonprofit leaders to help them better understand best practices in giving from the nonprofit’s perspective.
Nancy received her BA with Honors in Human Biology from Stanford University, and her doctorate in education from the Fielding Graduate University. She currently lives in Lincoln, MA with her husband, where she also serves as a restorative justice facilitator and a site evaluator for the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Her four grown children push her to the limits with biking/hiking/skiing adventures. She is an avid nature journaler, basket maker, quilter, and reader.