#55 The Best Tips from an Amazing Funder at Marisla Foundation with Sara Lowell, Marine Program Director and Trustee, The Marisla Foundation

Dec 13, 2021

Sara Lowell, Marine Program Director and Trustee of The Marisla Foundation, joins me this week and I am excited for you all to listen to her discuss her special approach as a funder and the unique opportunities she had to navigate being a staffer at her family’s private foundation. Additionally, she’ll share special tips that will help you get as much money as you can out the door so your grantees can go out there and do their good work.

Just because something is outside of the norm, doesn’t mean you can’t give money away effectively, and Sara and The Marisla Foundation is proof of that. Stay tuned to this conversation so you can learn more about how you can successfully give out grants and support your nonprofits with the least amount of overhead as possible.


Episode Highlights:

  • Sara’s early involvement in philanthropy and marine conservation.
  • Marisla’s strategic approach of maintaining a slim staff while administering sizable grants.
  • Pitfalls to avoid when applying an institutional low overhead model.
  • How she helped nonprofits move the needle on issues by starting funder collaboratives.
  • What she’s learned from being engaged with her family’s foundation, both as a family member and staffer.
  • Her advice for fellow donors based on her years of experience as one.


Links referenced in this podcast:

  • Read more about The Marisla Foundation’s program information by clicking here.
  • Oceans 5 is an international funders’ collaborative dedicated to protecting the world’s five oceans. Click here to learn more about their approach. 
  • Click here to connect with Plastics Solutions Fund, another international funder collaborative that promotes large-scale and permanent solutions to plastic pollution.


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