Cindy Mercer, Co-Founder Planet Heritage Foundation
Cindy Mercer is an entrepreneur, impact investor, and collaboration enthusiast. Cindy’s passion is connecting systems thinkers, original ideas, resources and knowhow seeking to solve critical environmental and health challenges.
Cindy’s early philanthropic work involved “a deep learning curve.” Twenty years of hands on experience has led Cindy to value the power of authentic collaboration in building teams and solutions that work for all stakeholders and yield exponential results.
In 2008, with Addison Fischer, Cindy Co-founded Planet Heritage Foundation: a grant and impact investing foundation focused on funding collaborative solutions to improve environment and health.
For example, in 2010, PHF collaborated to launch Oceans 5: an international funders’ group comprised of new and experienced philanthropists dedicated to protecting the world’s five oceans by supporting large, opportunistic projects and campaigns to establish marine reserves and constrain overfishing. Partners include: Oak Foundation, Marisla Foundation, Waitt Foundation, Bloomberg Philanthropies, Moore Foundation, and the Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation.
Cindy serves as a board member for Oceans 5, Virgin Unite Constellation, Kimbal Musk’s BIG GREEN, The Jane Goodall Institute, The Philanthropy Workshop, The National Center for Family Philanthropy, and as an advisor to several donor education initiatives including the Raikes Foundation Impact-Driven Philanthropy Initiative.