InFaith Community Foundation announces executive leadership transition | InFaith Community Foundation

InFaith Community Foundation announces executive leadership transition

President and executive director Chris Andersen to retire; Mandy Tuong appointed successor 

MINNEAPOLIS (September 12, 2019) — InFaith Community Foundation, a national faith-based charity, announced today that president and executive director Chris Andersen will retire after 25 years of service. The organization’s board of directors has named Mandy Tuong, currently senior vice president of donor services and general counsel, as president and CEO. Tuong will assume the role on October 1, 2019. 

“We are grateful for Chris’ exemplary leadership,” said Kurt Senske, chair of the InFaith Community Foundation’s board of directors. “His passion for serving donors has been evident his entire career with InFaith. In his time as president, outright and deferred gifts to InFaith have grown to more than $1 billion and more than $28 million in annual grants are made to charities and causes our donors care about. His legacy reflects InFaith’s values of service, stewardship and collaboration.”

“Since joining InFaith in 2014, Mandy has proven herself as an agile leader who is both driven towards excellence and innovation, and deeply grounded in service, people and relationships,” Senske continued. “We are honored to have someone of such character, integrity and experience lead InFaith into the future.”

InFaith Community Foundation was founded in 1995 with a mission of serving donors, spreading joy and changing lives. Its mission is intentionally aligned with that of Thrivent: to help Christians be wise with money and make the most of all they’ve been given. 

Through a range of giving options that include donor-advised funds, grants, scholarships and more, InFaith provides thousands of donors with flexibility, personal service and proven stewardship that allows them to put their charitable plans into action. In addition to supporting charitable giving at the individual level, InFaith works with organizations to establish endowment funds. Photo of InFaith staff member Chris Andersen smiling at the camera.

“Over the last two decades, I have seen many changes in our industry, worked with scores of skilled and talented people, and dedicated much of my life to this amazing organization,” said Andersen. “I knew it would take a special person to lead us going forward. When Mandy joined us five years ago, I knew she could lead our organization into our next era, and I am thrilled that the Board came to the same conclusion.”

Tuong will be the second leader in the organization’s 25-year history.

“I am honored and humbled that the Board has put its faith in me to carry out our great organization’s mission,” said Tuong. “I am excited by the expansive potential that lies ahead of us to help people find the best expressions of themselves and their values through generosity. It has been a privilege working side by side with Chris these last five years. His heart and vision brought us to where we are today.”

About Mandy Tuong Photo of InFaith staff member Mandy Tuong smiling at the camera.
Tuong joined InFaith in 2014. In her role, she is responsible for donor services and managing business operations which include charitable programming, grantmaking and marketing and communications. She also manages the foundation’s legal and regulatory policy affairs. In this role, she has contributed to record performance and growth in charitable gifts, grants made to the community, donor satisfaction and workforce engagement.

Before coming to InFaith, Tuong was assistant general counsel at the Gordon Betty Moore Foundation in Palo Alto, Calif., and senior counsel at Thrivent and an attorney at Stinson LLP in Minneapolis. 

Tuong earned a Juris Doctorate at the University of Minnesota Law School, and a Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Music at Oberlin College and Conservatory of Music. She completed an executive program for nonprofit leaders at Stanford University’s Graduate School of Business and was a member of the Council on Foundations Career Pathways Cohort. Additionally, Tuong is a longtime member of the Board of Directors for MacPhail Center for Music and the Minnesota Women’s Economic Roundtable. 

About InFaith Community Foundation
Founded in 1995, InFaith is a 501(c)(3) public charity with over $400 million in assets under management and $1+ billion of committed gifts, making nearly $30 million in annual grants to charitable organizations across the world. InFaith provide donors, organizations and professional advisors with resources such as donor advised funds, charitable giving expertise, charitable investments, and other options to give back to their communities in a way that expresses their values. 

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