Janis Minton founded JMC Philanthropic Advisors in 1995, and has emerged as a leader in the philanthropic field. She is known for her strength in defining grantmaking initiatives and developing innovative strategies that produce meaningful and lasting change within organizations and the lives of individuals.
Her life-long dedication to the non-profit sector began with a career, building and leading educational and mental health programs, and has evolved into a practice of advising and managing the giving of individual donors, family foundations, and charitable-giving programs. Key to her success is her ability to translate and leverage each donor's values and passion for giving into a clear philanthropic strategy with effective implementation.
With deep expertise in building and managing foundations, a methodology for defining strategic initiatives, and extensive grantmaking experience, she has worked with clients to devise and implement a broad range of philanthropic solutions. Working with a strong network of professional partners, she extends her reach nationally and internationally into education, science and technology, poverty relief, health care and medical research, the arts, entrepreneurship, environment, humanitarian aid and disaster recovery, spirituality, and youth programs.
A hallmark of her belief system is that philanthropy requires the same expertise, due diligence, and clear objectives as any other successful financial investment. She is committed to fostering alliances amongst organizations and donors, and building public-private partnerships, donor collaboratives and consortiums to leverage investments and reduce redundancies.
She serves on the Boards of Play Matters, the Nature's Institute, and the Founding Committee of UC Berkeley's Early Childhood Education Center, and recently concluded service on the Board of the Southern California Grantmakers.
She has created and facilitated ongoing leadership groups including the Next Generation of Women Leaders and Executive Leadership Circle. In 2007, her contribution to the non-profit community was recognized with the YWCA Woman of the Year Leadership & Legacies Award.
Ms. Minton holds a B.A. in Psychology and an M.A. in Human Development and Early Childhood Education. She was the founding director of the Day Care Consultation Project at The Early Childhood Center, an affiliate of Cedars-Sinai Medical Center.back to top ^