Ashley Blanchard


Ashley Blanchard

Ashley Blanchard

Ashley is passionate about helping families utilize their wealth to have a meaningful impact in the world, and to create fulfilling experiences for the family—and is deeply committed to helping families find the balance between these two goals.  

Ashley is a seasoned governance consultant with particular expertise in family philanthropy.  She works with families to define a collective vision for their philanthropy, and then build the structures and programs to support that vision.  She typically engages with families during periods of transition, when questions of next generation engagement and succession come to the fore.  Ashley helps families define their vision for social impact and family engagement, clarify their values, and develop the governance, program and operating strategies necessary to realize their vision.  

Beyond her work with family philanthropies, Ashley works with families exploring questions of purpose and values throughout the enterprise, helping them consider how best to use their wealth to support their personal, familial, and social impact aspirations. She helps families create legacies that extend beyond entrepreneurial success to include the family’s unique contributions to bettering society.   

Ashley regularly presents and writes on family philanthropy and family enterprise. She is the author of several articles in the Foundation Review and for the National Center for Family Philanthropy, including a recent report on Philanthropy in Complex, Multi-Generational Families. She is a Senior Advisor at the Center for Philanthropy and Civil Society at Stanford, where she teaches courses on philanthropy. 

Prior to coming to LGA, Ashley founded Blanchard Consulting, where she advised family philanthropies on matters of governance and strategy.  Before that, she was in the Philanthropy practice at TCC Group, where she focused on strategic planning for foundations.  

Ashley is the Chair of the Board of the National Center for Family Philanthropy and a fourth generation family trustee and Vice Chair of the Hill-Snowdon Foundation. That experience serves as a constant reminder of the privilege of family philanthropy and keeps her grounded in the realities of family governance!

Ashley is a graduate of Stanford University and the Goldman School of Public Policy at the University of California, Berkeley, where she completed her Master’s Degree in Public Policy. She lives in New York City with her husband and children and loves the bustle of city life—and also escaping it. She makes great use of Central Park and wishes she went to the theater more often.  

Insights by Ashley Blanchard


Philanthropy in Complex, Multi-Generational Families

For many, family philanthropy presents an opportunity to create a shared experience, unifying the
family by working together toward a lasting legacy of impact. Family philanthropy can also give
participants an opportunity to explore and cultivate their personal—and sometimes separate—
philanthropic passions


How to approach Philanthropy

About one-quarter of our work relates to family philanthropy, most often as part of a complex family enterprise or family office.

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