Reclaiming the Spirit of Vanguard
Note to the Community: Although members of the Vanguard Justice Community Council who have contributed to this website all have past connections with Vanguard Public Foundation, we were not members of the Board of Directors or in close association with Hari Dillon during the years that the Foundation was involved in the Mouli Cohen/Hari Dillon financial schemes.
Once a stellar social justice public foundation in the San Francisco Bay Area, Vanguard Public Foundation is now closed. Vanguard, founded in 1973, served as a reliable funding source for community organizing and policy advocacy for three decades. Its community-inclusive model sparked a movement in the 1970s and 1980s resulting in some 300 public and women’s funds adopting many of Vanguard’s progressive practices.
We (the Vanguard Justice Community Council) regret to report that due to financial fraud and mismanagement, Vanguard is no longer operational. Vanguard's President, Hari J. Dillon, pleaded guilty to no less than $2.5 million in wire fraud and money laundering charges in an investment scheme that siphoned $43.5 million from scores of investors, who were mostly Vanguard donors. Despite this tragedy, many of Vanguard’s former board members, donors, grantees, staff, and allies have joined in a process to bring restitution, reconciliation, and healing to the social justice community. We offer this website for your reflection and response—and to ensure that this tragedy is not repeated in the future.
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