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Ericka Novotny

As Director of Grants Management at the Arcus Foundation, Ericka oversees grantmaking processes and procedures, compliance, and overall grants management functions, including complex international grantmaking environments. She brings a wealth of grantmaking knowledge from her work at the Annenberg Foundation, where she was a member of senior management and oversaw all operations of the grants management department, and focused programmatically on community development and animal welfare grantmaking. Ericka began her career in philanthropy with the Getty Foundation, where she coordinated various internship programs, resulting in the placement of hundreds of undergraduate and graduate interns at arts organizations throughout Los Angeles County. Prior to this, Ericka worked in advertising/marketing in Minneapolis and Chicago. A Minnesota native, Ericka conducted her undergraduate studies at the College of Saint Benedict/St. John’s University. During her 10+ years in Southern California, she conducted her graduate studies at Antioch University, Los Angeles.
First Do No Harm: Reflective Practice for Grantmaking in the International Human Rights Context

First Do No Harm: Reflective Practice for Grantmaking in the International Human Rights Context

When supporting social justice initiatives in countries where human rights are under threat, responsible grantmaking means taking additional steps to avoid putting grant recipients at risk. In keeping with the adage, “first do no harm,” the Arcus Foundation has implemented a self-reflective grantmaking program that involves grant recipients and stakeholders in its design.