Amanda Morrall2023-2024 Columbia University Scholars
Philanthropic Thought Leader; Former Executive Director, Coretz Family Foundation
Developing community-driven philanthropic initiatives to empower community leaders to spearhead transformational change in their cities.
Amanda Morrall has a long history of community building in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Previously serving as the executive director of the Coretz Family Foundation, Amanda is the first Black woman to lead a private foundation in Tulsa. The Coretz Family Foundation is a private philanthropy that seeks to advance equity by recognizing Tulsa’s history of racial violence and its lasting impact on communities of color today. In 2022, Amanda led the foundation in a strategic planning process that engaged over 350 community members and 100 organizations in community conversations to document the needs faced by local organizations and the communities they serve. Through this community engagement, Amanda transformed the foundation’s grantmaking approach, focus areas, and mission and vision statements, all with an eye toward racial justice and equity. This new approach will incorporate monitoring and evaluation, greater collaboration with local organizations, and a reimagined role for foundations across the United States and globally. Through the Scholars program, Amanda intends to develop a plan to document her new approaches and share her key findings with other nonprofits and foundations.