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Courtney Banayad


Director of Membership and Communications

Courtney Banayad is a queer, mixed race Filipino, ciswoman who is deeply invested in a world in which we are all thriving and living in abundance.

Leveraging resources for social justice has been the focus of her career for the past 15+ years in the philanthropic and nonprofit sectors. She is currently the Director of Membership and Communications at Neighborhood Funders Group, where she shapes, manages, and drives communications strategies to inspire members and the broader philanthropic community to move more money to racial, gender, economic, disability, and climate justice. She’s also NFG’s lead on membership engagement and works to ensure that funders are benefiting from and co-conspiring with the NFG network.

Prior to her work with Neighborhood Funders Group, Courtney co-founded Moxy Group, a BIPOC-led consulting practice that partnered with social justice and philanthropic organizations on fundraising, communications, and design projects. She also served as the Director of Partnerships at Global Greengrants Fund, where she mobilized more than $10 million to propel grassroots environmental action around the world.

She is committed to moving money to BIPOC-led groups that are dismantling oppressive systems and has served as a grantmaker with the Another World is Possible Fund, Chinook Fund, Community Foundation Boulder County, and the Women and Girls of Color Fund at the Women’s Foundation of Colorado.

Courtney holds an M.A. in International and Intercultural Communications from the University of Denver and degrees in Ethnic Studies and American Studies from the University of Texas at Austin. Outside of her work at NFG, Courtney tends to her in-home jade farm, hikes trails in Colorado’s front range with her pup, is learning DIY home renovation skills, and spends a lot of time laughing with her partner, friends, and family.