Our History

Wellspring opened its doors in 2001 with a mission to effectively and strategically improve the realization of human rights and social and economic justice for all people.

Wellspring is supported by donors who share a common belief in and respect for the inherent worth and dignity of every person.

Our Leaders

John co-founded Wellspring in 2000 with his brother Myles and currently manages the New York City office.

Prior to Wellspring, John was a litigator with the Philadelphia law firms of Dechert, Price & Rhoads (1986–1989), Berger & Montague, PC (1989–1997), and Sandals, Langer & Taylor, LLP (1997–2000).

He has served on the boards of directors of the Center for Lesbian & Gay Civil Rights, the Attic Youth Center, the Planned Parenthood Foundation, Survivor Corps/Landmine Survivors Network, Human Rights Watch, Haverford College, Nine Dots Learning Center, and The Little Market. John has also served on the Steering Committee of the International Human Rights Funders Group and the advisory committee of Peripheral Vision International.

Myles co-founded Wellspring in 2000 with his brother John and currently manages the Washington, D.C., office.

Prior to Wellspring, Myles worked for 20 years in Washington’s commercial real estate industry. He has served on the boards of directors for the Audubon Society of the Mid-Atlantic and the Lincoln Group of the District of Columbia, where he also served as president.

Jeanne provides leadership and management of the administrative operations at Wellspring, consisting of the legal, financial, human resources, internal/external communications, administrative, information technology, and grants management functions.

Prior to joining Wellspring in April 2009, Jeanne served for 3 years (2006–2009) as the Associate Dean for Operations at the Princeton University’s School of Public and International Affairs. For 19 years prior to that, Jeanne worked in various capacities at EngenderHealth, an international women’s health organization, ending her tenure as Vice President for Operations.

In addition, Jeanne served on the board of trustees of World Neighbors in Oklahoma City from 2000 to 2007 and was a board member of InsideNGO from 2005 to 2010. She joined Philanthropy New York in 2009; she was a board member from 2015-2021 (serving as Treasurer from 2018-2021), and was co-chair of its Foundation Administrator’s Network in 2011.

Jackie Williams Kaye joined Wellspring in October 2010. She currently supports Wellspring leadership, program staff, and grantees in implementing useful evaluation and research methodologies to inform and learn from grantmaking strategies.

Jackie spent the first phase of her career as a researcher and program evaluator focused on public health, education, and other human service areas. In recent years, she has helped lead an effort within philanthropy to improve evaluation of the effectiveness of advocacy and policy change work.

Prior to joining Wellspring, Jackie spent 10 years integrating evaluation and learning into grantmaking at The Edna McConnell Clark Foundation and then at The Atlantic Philanthropies.

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