Connector

Katie Hunt-Morr

Katie Hunt-Morr is the Director of Community at Virgin Unite, growing a thriving business within the Virgin corporate and Branson family foundation, connecting the resources of Virgin Unite’s community of high-net-worth philanthropists, heads of industry, influencers and nonprofit partners to solve large scale social and environmental issues. She is also the co-founder and director of Jiamini.org, a nonprofit empowering brilliant students in need to build a bright future for themselves, lead their communities, and break the cycle of poverty. She originated and served as head of Etsy’s Values & Impact team, a bottom-up and top-down system to embed social impact and sustainability across products, company practices, and culture. Katie held several positions in media, the last of which was directing and leading Reuters TV, print, and digital media business for the Australia Pacific region. During her eight years at Reuters, she founded Thomson Reuters first ecological initiative, served as the chair of the Pacific for Women@Thomson Reuters, was a founding board member of the Thomson Reuters Council on CSR and the Thomson Reuters Council on Diversity. She is a member of the B Team’s 100% Human at Work Council, an RSA Fellow, a member of enso’s Shared Mission think tank, and the Impact Driven Philanthropy Collective, headed by the Raikes Foundation. She has received the United Way Women in Philanthropy Award, the DUMBO Dozen Award, Yellow Do Good Dozen, and the Thomson Reuters Women to Watch, Community Champion, and Emerging Women in Leadership Awards. She has several publications, including Etsy’s annual Progress Report, 2012-2015. Most importantly, she is passionate optimist dedicated to driving progress for people and the planet.

Describe the Impact of a Project you’re focused on.

We are building a community uniting people with the power to make good intentions into lasting change- displacing waste within philanthropy and focus on collective action, and putting non-profit leaders at the center of our work. We seek to leverage all types of resources available to us — because the world’s toughest challenges require human ingenuity on top of philanthropy. Supported by the Virgin Group and Branson family, we work without limits, bringing independent entrepreneurial spirit to what we do.

What results do you hope for when the impact is amplified?

We've used this model within Virgin Unite for 15 years, launching 13 independent organizations driving spectacular change, and far more initiatives and projects. We expect offering the model to to individuals and networks will have exponential impact, to the order of the number of people we get involved.

What do you have to offer as a connector? What can you give as expertise to others?

Connections to incredible, vetted nonprofits and leaders driving change impact the world, working in dozens of areas. Impact-driven experiences. Personal expertise in corporate impact/ non-profit strategy, business planning, donor engagement and community building. Always happy to make connections within my network.
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