The philanthropic legacy of the Durfee family began when adhesive label inventor R. Stanton “Stan” Avery and his wife Dorothy Durfee Avery created the Durfee Foundation. The Foundation has supported leaders and innovators in Los Angeles for more than half a century.
In 1993, when Carrie was named President and board chair, she became the third generation of Averys to take the helm. A voice of experience on family foundations, Carrie currently chairs the board of the National Center for Family Philanthropy.
As remarkable as Durfee may be for its continuity across generations, in recent years, it’s been equally remarkable for the innovative programs Carrie has helped bring about, thanks in part to the flexible mission left by her grandfather.
The Durfee Sabbatical Program and the Stanton Fellowship, which give nonprofit leaders much-needed time off and time to think respectively, are revolutionary. A big believer in the power of small grants, Carrie often focuses on new and innovative ideas; once a door has been opened, she’s happy to hand off to other funders for longer-term support.
Carrie has certainly made her mark, not only on the city of Los Angeles, but on the philanthropic field. Meanwhile, she has remained utterly true to her grandfather’s creative spirit.More Remarkable Givers
Carrie Avery's Videos
- A favorite moment: Carrie Avery savors what a sabbatical meant to one alum
- A strong working relationship: For Carrie Avery and the Durfee Foundation’s ED Claire Peeps, it’s all about communication
- Avoiding burn out: Carrie Avery’s sabbatical program helps EDs recharge
- Best part: Carrie Avery loves the creativity of philanthropy
- Buying $11 million with $75K: Carrie Avery makes sure small grants achieve big leverage
- Carrie Avery and The Durfee Foundation focus on supporting leadership and innovation
- Family foundation: Philanthropy is an important part of Carrie Avery’s family
- Family foundations are for the community: Why Carrie Avery is waiting to get her sons involved with the foundation
- Family values: Carrie Avery’s grandfather gave vision and flexibility
- Funding inquiry: With the Stanton Fellowship, Carrie Avery gives people time to think
- Getting it right: For Durfee’s sabbatical program, Carrie Avery wants the right leaders, in the right organizations, at the right time
- Going beyond government: Carrie Avery says the role of philanthropy is to do what government can’t
- Handoff: After Carrie Avery takes a chance on one fellow, other funders jump in
- How Durfee keeps its edge: Carrie Avery explains that the Durfee Foundation is always in “learning mode"
- Invite from Grandpa: Carrie Avery’s foundation involvement began with a phone call
- Keeping Stan’s mission alive: Carrie Avery says her grandfather made it easy
- Looking for an executive director? Carrie Avery says to consult your grantees
- Philanthropy that stuck: Carrie Avery on how the Durfee Foundation got its start
- Start talking: Carrie Avery advises new philanthropists to connect with other funders and potential grantees
- Straight talk: When selecting grantees, Carrie Avery is focused—and honest
- Why Los Angeles? Carrie Avery says small funders can make a big impact at the regional level