In June 2013, Barry Gaberman stood down as chair of the GFCF. Up until his retirement in 2006, Barry had been a long-term supporter and funder of philanthropy development around the world in his position as Senior Vice-President of the Ford Foundation. Barry played a key role in helping to guide the Global Fund for Community Foundations through its transition from pilot project to fully incorporated institution (registered in the UK and South Africa) and in bringing his experience, wisdom and good humour to bear in both its day-to-day operations and its strategic development.
We are pleased to announce that Gerry Salole, Chief Executive of the European Foundation Centre, is the new GFCF Chair. Gerry Salole is a social anthropologist and development worker. He has worked for a range of development agencies and foundations, including the Ford Foundation (where he was representative of the South Africa office), the Bernard van Leer Foundation, Save the Children Federation, Redd Barna and Oxfam.
He is also the Founding Chairperson of TrustAfrica, an independent private foundation set up in Dakar, Senegal, in 2006 to promote peace, economic prosperity, and social justice throughout the continent.