Val Porter

Val Porter serves as the Director of the Foundation Center Atlanta Office. The Foundation Center, the nation’s leading authority on organized philanthropy.

The Center’s mission is to strengthen the social sector by advancing knowledge about philanthropy. As the director Val oversees activities in the Southeast, continuing a 17-year history of service to the region. The Atlanta location offers resource-rich programming on-site, online, and throughout the community. It holds the largest collection on philanthropy in the Southeast, offers an aggressive training ground for nonprofit professionals, and hosts forums for both grant makers and grant seekers. 

Prior to joining the Foundation Center, Val Porter launched Cultural Capital, a strategy and branding firm dedicated to the sustainability and growth of public and private ventures.  In less than one year, the firm secured a variety of projects including: cultural planning for the newly-incorporated City of Johns Creek (Georgia, resource development for the National Black Arts Festival (Atlanta); and strategy for the launch of Open Vision, an Atlanta-based television network.

Val spent the first fifteen years of her career in public service and non-profit management. Among her professional accomplishments: forging strategic partnerships to extend Atlanta’s marketing reach as a member of the Brand Atlanta executive team; directing the overall rebranding efforts for Fulton County Arts Council as the agency’s senior staff for development and public affairs; and subsequently overseeing Georgia’s largest publicly-funded grants program for the arts as the agency’s Deputy Director. She has also secured funding for and executed three cultural initiatives in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts; developed and hosted segments for public television; and moderated public forums and lectures on public art. She began her career at the Woodruff Arts Center in development. 

Throughout her career, Val has served on the boards of the Nonprofit Studies Program at Georgia State University, Art Papers Magazine, The Metropolitan Atlanta Chamber of Commerce’s Arts & Business Council, Ferst Center for the Arts at Georgia Tech, Spelman Museum and The Dogwood Festival.  She has also served on committees and task forces for Americans for the Arts, Prevent Child Abuse Georgia, Metropolitan Atlanta Arts & Culture Coalition, The Atlanta Contemporary Arts Center and Georgia Tech (as The Presidential Scholarship Program’s Regional Chair). 
A freelance writer, Val published her first feature article on folk artist, Thornton Dial for the August 2001issue of Upscale Magazine, and has since written a number of articles on the arts as a contributing writer for the publication.  Over the last decade she has developed artist exchange programs for and directed the publication of two international arts catalogs for South Africa’s Caversham Press. In 2010, she led a workshop on brand identity and design for Design Within Reach (a local design house headquartered in San Francisco). Currently, Val serves as a professor for University of Phoenix’s Business School, with a focus on Innovation, Creativity and Design for Competitive Advantage and Intellectual Capital and Knowledge Management. Her work there led her to develop workshops on creative intelligence development and building leadership capacity to creatively empower others. 

Val earned a Master of Science degree in marketing from Georgia State University and a Bachelor of Science degree in management (with a concentration in economics) from Georgia Tech. Her interest in public policy led her to complete a post graduate certificate program at Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government, and she was subsequently invited to participate in the 2005 international forum on innovations in public policy at Harvard’s Ash Institute. She is a graduate of the spring 2003 class of Coca Cola’s Diversity Leadership Academy and the inaugural class of the Metropolitan Atlanta Arts & Culture Coalition (MAACC) Arts Leadership Program.

Val Porter Director of the Foundation Center Atlanta Office

Val Porter

Director of the Foundation Center Atlanta Office

Smyrna, Georgia, United States

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