About Us


ProNet’s purpose is to provide leadership on grantmaking and programmatic issues facing community foundations.


ProNet will

  • Provide opportunities for professional development and skill-building
  • Facilitate ongoing communications, information-exchange and networking

The organization will serve the professional needs and interests of Program staff in community foundations of all sizes, from established to emerging, in order to advance the program capacity of the community foundation field.

Steering Committee

Trudy Hughes

Trudy Hughes

Director, Regional Advancement
East Tennessee Foundation
520 W. Summit Hill Drive, Suite 1101
Knoxville, TN 37902

Email: thughes@etf.org
Phone: 877-524-1223

Foundation Assets: $300.4M
Annual grant distributions: $12.7M
Foundation service area: Work with our 24 regional counties (surrounding Knox our home office location) to build philanthropic giving and achieve successful grantmaking through our community affiliate funds. “GIVE Where You Live” is our signature advancement platform for these funds.

Background: Trudy leads the Foundation’s efforts to grow local philanthropy, encouraging residents throughout the 25-county service area to “Give Where You Live.” She works with leaders from communities throughout the region to create geographically-focused affiliate funds that build permanent resources to benefit those communities. Prior to joining East Tennessee Foundation, Trudy served as Founding and Executive Directors of several Tennessee Child Advocacy Centers. She brings a strong background in social services and program development to her work with ETF’s regional affiliate funds. Trudy is a Tennessee native whose blood runs “Big Orange” (University of Tennessee Alum x3) and the proud mom of two young men, Matt and Hughes.

Tom Linfield

Tom Linfield

Vice President, Community Impact
Madison Community Foundation
2 Science Court
Madison, WI 53711

Email: tlinfield@madisongives.org
Office: 608-232-1763
Cell: 608-239-9547

Foundation Assets: $218M
Annual grant distributions: $9.7M
Discretionary budget: $1.9M
Foundation service area: Dane County, WI; pop. 450,000

Background: At MCF since 2004, Tom has more than 25 years of experience in the non-profit world. In his current role he coordinates all competitive and field of interest grantmaking, offers capacity building, counsel and facilitation to non-profits, and serves on the leadership team for the Foundation. Previous roles include Training and Grants Director for the National Center for Outreach, Grants Manager for Wisconsin Public Television, and Foundation/Government Relations Manager for Edgewood College. Tom has served on the board of Leadership Greater Madison Alumni Association, The Evjue Foundation, The Henry Vilas Zoo, Operation Fresh Start, and co-chaired the Board of Madison Area Open Arts Studios. He is also a fellow of the Funders Network PLACES program. Tom is fluent in French and German and is a practicing fine artist, exhibiting his sculpture, mosaics and drawings regularly. He has a degree in Fine Arts from Brandeis University and has pursued additional coursework at Tufts University, Massachusetts College of Art, Madison College and Edgewood College.

Jackie Mahoney

Jackie Mahoney


Executive Vice President
The Community Foundation for the Greater Capital Region
6 Tower Place
Albany, NY 12203

Email: jmahoney@cfgcr.org
Phone: 518-446-9638

Foundation Assets: $75M
Annual grant distributions: $5M
Foundation service area: 10 counties, Capital Region of New York State

Background: Jackie Mahoney has worked at The Community Foundation for the Greater Capital Region for sixteen years. In this position, she coordinates 13 competitive grant cycles and oversees $5M in foundation giving each year. In addition, Mahoney works with several local private foundations that have contracted with the Community Foundation for grant making services.

Colton C. Strawser

Colton C. Strawser

Colton Strawser Consulting, LLC.
4219 Georgia Street, Suite 12
San Diego, CA 92103

Email: colton@coltonstrawser.com
Office: 619-783-8388
Cell: 260-336-9924

Background: Colton C. Strawser is the President of Colton Strawser Consulting, LLC. a nonprofit and philanthropic consulting firm with offices in California, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Florida, and Online. Colton has consulted with clients all over the country, including community, corporate, and family foundations. He specializes in capacity building, grants management, research & evaluation, strategic grantmaking and initiatives, and youth/family philanthropy.

Strawser holds a B.A. in Philanthropic Studies from the Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy, M.S. in Higher Education Administration with a concentration in online teaching and program administration, M.S. in Nonprofit Management & Philanthropy, and Graduate Certificate in Strategic Fundraising through Bay Path University. In addition, he is currently a Ph.D. in Leadership Studies (Nonprofit & Philanthropic Leadership) student at the University of San Diego.

501c3 Information

The Program  Network Inc. DBA Advancement Network is a charitable organization recognized by the IRS. Our EIN is 14-1505623.

Questions? Contact us at contact@pronetct.org.