Eli MacLaren

Chief Market Maker

Eli is Chief Market Maker leading BIF’s development efforts. With over a decade of experience in building and leading social ventures Eli is an accomplished social innovator with a deep knowledge of the new platforms affecting social change and has an established track record in non-profit fundraising and capital development.

Eli joined BIF after serving as the Executive Director of the Maine Women’s Fund, a public foundation creating lasting change by investing in the power of women and the dreams of girls in Maine. Eli is a systems thinker with a proven track record building institutions -- setting strategic vision and direction, raising capital, managing and developing partnerships and growing and integrating cross-disciplinary teams. During a tough economic climate, under Eli's leadership, the Fund doubled its assets under management and grew fundraising by over 10% annually.

Before leading the Maine Women's Fund Eli served as Chief Program Officer at GlobalGiving, the first online philanthropic marketplace that enables donors to find and fund social entrepreneurs around the world. At GlobalGiving, Eli managed supply side operations, raised capital, and worked with cross-functional teams to scale the platform. To date, GlobalGiving has managed $42 million in volume.

Before GlobalGiving Eli served as the International Director for Ashoka's Citizen Base Initiative, where she worked with social entrepreneurs from around the world on strategies to finance and scale their work. Eli's work led to the creation of a new business unit for social financial services, a $20 million funding deal, and the corporate strategy "Everyone A Changemaker."