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Tony Bowen

Senior Consultant
As Senior Consultant with FMA, Tony works with FMA’s Consulting and Advisory Services team to deliver strategic and operational insights to nonprofit and philanthropic clients across the country. Tony has served in foundation leadership and has a passion for building the capacity of nonprofits to lead from a position of strength. His nonprofit experience spans advocacy, arts & culture, education, human services, and democracy and crosses operations, finances, grants management, training, program management, development, and research functions.

Prior to joining FMA, Tony was Managing Director at Democracy Fund, a national private foundation, and Democracy Fund Voice, its sister c4, as its first head of operations while the organization quadrupled its operating budget. His accomplishments included growing the Operations Team from 2 to 9 staff providing all finance, grants management, legal, compliance, technology, HR administration, contracts, and office management support. He also led the foundation’s grants committees and the training and curriculum development for program staff on assessing nonprofit financials, due diligence, grant structure, and becoming excellent grantmakers.

Tony has held programmatic positions at the Annie E. Casey Foundation on the Campaign for Grade-Level Reading and Grantmakers for Effective Organizations. He is the author of Forty Years of LGBTQ Philanthropy and his writing on foundations has appeared in the Chronicle of Philanthropy.

Tony co-founded an LGBTQ youth center in Kansas City, MO and served as vice president and steering committee member of Emerging Practitioners in Philanthropy DC Chapter from 2013-2015. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Nonprofit Leadership from William Jewell College, and an M.A. in Philanthropic Studies from Indiana University.