Cheryl Loe
Communications Project Manager
The Foundation Center
(888) 356-0354 ext. 701


New York, NY -- July 9, 2013. Brenda Henry-Sanchez has been appointed director of research for special projects at the Foundation Center, the leading source of information about philanthropy worldwide. Dr. Henry-Sanchez was recently a senior program officer at the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation in its research and evaluation unit where she worked to create new opportunities for better health for society's most vulnerable members.

The Foundation Center's widely-respected research on philanthropy sheds light on critical issues facing societies around the world, communicates essential information to the public, and empowers donors to be more strategic. As foundations increasingly make use of data to drive decisions and assess impact, the Center's research program has moved rapidly to create dynamic online platforms for aggregating and visualizing global data on philanthropy and placing it in the larger context of emerging needs and international aid flows.

In her new position, beginning July 15, Dr. Henry-Sanchez will be responsible for developing and directing international, national, and regional research projects on a wide range of issues across the field of philanthropy, often in collaboration with partner organizations. She will also represent the Foundation Center in the D5 Coalition of organizations working to grow diversity, equity, and inclusion in philanthropy.

"Brenda offers a unique blend of substantive expertise in research and evaluation plus insight into the concerns and culture of foundations," said Lawrence T. McGill, the Foundation Center's vice president for research. "We are very excited about the contributions she can bring to our growing research program."

Previously, Dr. Henry-Sanchez was program director for the Center for Applied Research and Technical Assistance, Inc. in Baltimore, where she worked on improving programs that served youth of color. Her extensive research background includes a range of positions at High/Scope Educational Research Foundation, University of Michigan, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, and the Joseph L. Mailman School of Public Health, Columbia University.

Dr. Henry-Sanchez received both a Ph.D. in health behavior and health education and an M.P.H. from the University of Michigan. A member of the American Public Health Association and American Evaluation Association, she has received numerous academic awards and honors.

About the Foundation Center
Established in 1956, the Foundation Center is the leading source of information about philanthropy worldwide. Through data, analysis, and training, it connects people who want to change the world to the resources they need to succeed. The Center maintains the most comprehensive database on U.S. and, increasingly, global grantmakers and their grants -- a robust, accessible knowledge bank for the sector. It also operates research, education, and training programs designed to advance knowledge of philanthropy at every level. Thousands of people visit the Center's web site each day and are served in its five regional library/learning centers and its network of more than 470 funding information centers located in public libraries, community foundations, and educational institutions nationwide and around the world. For more information, please visit or call (212) 620-4230.