Board of Directors

IMG_1020Shaun Robinson


Shaun Robinson has always had a passion for empowering girls and young women and her creation of the S.H.A.U.N. Foundation for Girls is the next chapter in that commitment. Her career in front of the camera as an anchor, reporter and talk show host has given her a platform to reach millions.
As a graduate of the all-girls school, Spelman College in Atlanta, she learned the value of a strong sisterhood among women and how, when united, it could be a powerful force for change. For her first book, Exactly As I Am: Celebrated Women Share Candid Advice With Today’s Girls On What It Takes To Believe In Yourself, Shaun held task force groups of teen girls around the country to discuss what they felt were the most pressing problems facing girls. These messages from girls led Shaun to create the online movement, “One Girl, One Voice: A Million Ways to Make a Difference” where girls were encouraged to share their stories of volunteering and how they helped the lives of others. Shaun also wrote, produced and directed the video, “10 Rules for Girls with Strong Self-Esteem” and created and directed the video, “Why I Bully You” which was performed by teen poets in Los Angeles and examined reasons why girls bully each other.

Shaun served on the national board of Girls Inc. and currently sits on the Advisory Board of the United Nations Foundation’s adolescent.adolescent girl campaign, Girl Up.  A tireless champion for young women girls, Shaun is a frequent keynote speaker on female empowerment.


Melanie Schnoll Begun


Melanie Schnoll Begun leads Morgan Stanley’s Philanthropy Management and exemplifies her professional work by living a life of committed action. For over 18 years she has worked with the Firm’s wealthiest and most influential clients, including prominent business owners, venture capitalists, social entrepreneurs, professional athletes and entertainers, as well as family offices, foundations and nonprofits. She is instrumental in developing focus areas for client’s philanthropy; engaging senior and millennial generations in their foundation’s governance, designing customized domestic and international grant portfolios; aligning client values with impactful investing; and facilitating giving circles, board retreats and educational events.

Melanie is an insightful and tireless advocate. She is the current nominating chair and former board president of the JDRF New York City chapter and the vice president and grantmaking chair of Inwood Charities Fund, Inc. She serves as Morgan Stanley GIFT’s board president and oversees the donor advised fund’s strategic direction. She also serves on the advisory boards of the Naomi Berrie Diabetes Center, Quinnipiac University Law School, and Grameen America, a microfinance nonprofit. Melanie is on the founding council of TAMID, a progressive synagogue in downtown Manhattan, and was a board member and treasurer of the Partnership for Philanthropic Planning. She lives in New York City with her husband and two boys and has a passion for golf, marathons and triathlons, which she competes in to raise awareness and funding for her charitable causes.

Allyson McDonald


Allyson McDonald is a financial services industry veteran and recently a former Partner in Ellevate Asset Management LLC and Partner and Global President of Ellevate Network. With more than 18 years of business development, operations and management experience, Allyson has worked with and led teams at some of the leading financial services institutions in the country, including Goldman Sachs, Fidelity Investments and New York Life/Mainstay Investments. Allyson’s commitment to pursuing professional endeavors that can drive positive social impact led to her tenure as Head of Development and Communications for the Clinton Foundation’s climate and health access initiatives and, to her establishment and operation of a successful consultancy in the areas of impact investing and philanthropic services. Allyson is a graduate of the College of the Holy Cross with a degree in Economics and a concentration in Peace and Conflict Studies. She holds the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) Series 7 and 24 registrations. She currently sits on the board of the Morgan Stanley Global Impact Funding Trust and is an advisory board member for Komera.

Board of Advisors

Andrew M. Grumet

General Outside Counsel

Andrew M. Grumet is a partner in the Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP’s New York City office. He focuses his practice on charitable giving and philanthropy and the representation of domestic and international tax-exempt organizations.

Andrew’s clients have included organizations ranging from domestic and international family foundations to public charities, schools, supporting organizations, museums, hospitals, religious organizations, community trusts and donor advised funds, trade associations, social clubs, and social welfare organizations.

He counsels organizations on formation and organizational structuring, compensation and excess benefit/self-dealing advice, corporate governance, fundraising and state solicitation regulatory matters, corporate policies, UBTI issues and investments, establishment and modification of endowments and restricted funds, fiduciary duties, domestic and international grant making, tax and financial reporting, planned giving and special events.

He is frequently quoted on issues affecting nonprofit organizations and has appeared in publications such as The Chronicle of Philanthropy, TIME, the International Herald Tribune, The New York Times, and The Wall Street Journal.


Stephanie Bulnes

Philanthropic Services Coordinator

Stephanie is a Philanthropic Services Coordinator for Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP. She works closely with nonprofits and financial advisors to help achieve their philanthropic goals. She graduated from Florida International University with a major in Hospitality Management. She worked in event planning and then moved to New York in hopes of starting a career in the nonprofit sector. Stephanie is passionate about animal rights and plans to start her own foundation to help rescue abused animals.


Christina N. Cahill

Outside Associate Counsel

Christina N. Cahill represents clients in the areas of charitable giving, philanthropy and general representation of domestic and international tax-exempt organizations. She is a member of the Professional Outsourced Philanthropic Solutions (POPS®) Team, which helps nonprofits and other social impact-oriented organizations solve their most critical strategic, administrative and development challenges.

Christina joined Drinker Biddle from the New York office of a global law firm where she practiced in a broad range of areas, including mergers and acquisitions, litigation and private clients. Christina has experience working on complex government enforcement matters for large financial institutions and their accompanying litigation, as well as merger and acquisition transactions. Christina has also worked with individual clients on estate planning, tax and property law aspects of trusts and estates, estate administration, gift and income taxation, and matrimonial matters.

Before attending law school, Christina was a ‘Teach for America’ corps member in New York, where she taught 4th grade in the South Bronx.

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