Selah Carefarm Development Chair
Carrie Ostroski is the Executive Director of The Dorrance Family Foundation, a three-generation family foundation with presence and grantmaking in Arizona, California, and Hawaiʻi. The mission of the Foundation is to work to improve the quality of life in the community by supporting education and natural resource conservation. The Foundation launched the Dorrance Marine Conservation Initiative in 2022 to improve ocean health through the recovery, restoration, regeneration and protection of marine habitat and diversity, with a focus on coastal and nearshore ecosystems and the imperiled species they harbor.
Carrie grew up in rural Iowa, is an Arizona State University graduate and lived in Phoenix, Arizona for over 25 years. She now resides and works in Hawaiʻi with offices on the Big Island of Hawaiʻi and Scottsdale, Arizona.
Carrie has over 22 years of executive-level experience in the philanthropic and not-for-profit business sectors. She has directed and managed teams of high-level and executive leaders, philanthropists, and community volunteers in strategic, business, and event management and planning, as well as high-level fundraising and board development. She has led the development of multiple strategic grant programs, including models for family engagement and decision-making for three generations and several multi-location foundation grantmaking initiatives and programs.
Carrie thoroughly enjoys and is passionate about her work and is dedicated to strategic philanthropy and relationship development that achieve results and positively impact the critical issues and organizations with which The Dorrance Family Foundation supports and is involved and invested. Carrie grew up with conservation and natural spaces as significant influences in her life and is personally engaged and supports many efforts in these areas and other community service interests.
Carrie’s professional and community affiliations past and present include; National Center for Family Philanthropy, Mission Investor’s Exchange, Southern California Grantmakers, including FFIX3 Family Foundations group, Biodiversity Funders Group, Hawaii Community Foundation Environmental Funders Group, Valley Leadership (Class XXIV), Central Phoenix Women, Arizona Endowment Building Initiative, Planned Giving Roundtable of Arizona, Madison United Preservation Committee, and the University of Arizona Master Gardener program. Carrie served as a board member of Soldier’s Best Friend for seven years and is currently a 21/64 certified advisor, a board member of the Literary Society of the Southwest, and volunteers in an advisory capacity for several non-profit and community organizations in Hawaiʻi and Arizona.