We help young professionals make a positive social impact in their communities through partnership with local nonprofit organizations.

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Highwind Impact Fund’s mission is to provide impactful project-based grants to grassroots nonprofits and to empower young professionals to utilize their skills, resources, and energy for meaningful philanthropic engagement.

For Young Professionals

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Become a Partner
Join Highwind’s venture philanthropy fund Board

Multiply Your Impact
Use your business skills to expand your impact

For Nonprofit Organizations

We provide small, project-based or core-need grants, ranging from $2,000 – $5,000. Over a four month grant cycle, we will work together to identify areas of need and partner with you to develop a grant application.

Reach Out
Send us a short description of your work and your desired area of support

Work with Our Team
A local team member will reach out, learn about your organization, and work with you on a grant

Make an Impact Together
We will work toward funding your organization and building your nonprofit together


Highwind Impact Fund brings together a diverse group of young professionals from across the nation who are passionate about tangible engagement with their communities

Executive Board

Shivani Dixit

Shivani is an associate at Henkel Search Partners in New York, NY. She formerly worked at L.E.K. Consulting in Chicago, IL. Shivani earned her B.A. in Economics from the University of Chicago in 2017.

Margaret Roddy

Margaret is an associate at TPG Rise Climate in San Francisco, CA. She formerly worked at Goldman Sachs as an investment banking analyst. Margaret earned her B.S.Ch.E in Chemical Engineering from Rice University in 2018.

Akshay Singh

Akshay is an associate at Madison Dearborn Partners in Chicago, IL. He formerly worked at Evercore as an investment banking analyst. Akshay earned his B.B.A in Business Administration from the University of Texas in 2019.

Linda Cai

Chicago Chapter Co-Head
Linda is an associate at Madison Dearborn Partners in Chicago, IL. She formerly worked at Bank of America as an investment banking analyst. Linda earned her B.A. in Economics and Philosophy from Northwestern University in 2019.

Davis Nelson

Chicago Chapter Co-Head
Davis is an associate at BDT & Company in Chicago, IL. He earned his B.A. in Mathematical Economics from Rice University in 2020.

Autumn Engebretson

Texas Chapter Head
Autumn is an analyst at 547 Energy (Quantum Energy Partners) in Houston, TX. She earned her B.A. in Mathematical Economics from Rice University in 2021.

Michael Kim

New York Chapter Head
Michael is an associate at Harvest Partners in New York, NY. He formerly worked at Antares Capital as an associate in New York, NY. Michael earned his B.A. in Finance and Entrepreneurship from Boston College in 2018.

Ashish Kulkarni

California Chapter Head
Ashish is an associate at Golden Gate Capital in San Francisco, CA. He formerly worked at Bain & Company as an associate consultant. Ashish earned his B.S.Ch.E in Chemical Engineering from Rice University in 2019.

Mac Levin

Former Co-President
Mac is an MBA Candidate at Harvard Business School. He formerly worked as an associate at Madison Dearborn Partners in Chicago, IL. He began at PJT Partners as an investment banking analyst. Mac earned his degree from the University of Michigan in 2018.

Ben Tour

Ben is an MBA Candidate at Harvard Business School. He formerly worked as an associate at Madison Dearborn Partners in Chicago, IL. Ben earned his B.A. in Mathematical Economic Analysis from Rice University in 2017.

Richard He

Richard is an MBA Candidate at Harvard Business School. He formerly worked as an associate at Madison Dearborn Partners in Chicago, IL. Richard earned his B.A. in Economics from Harvard University in 2017.


Thank you for your interest in supporting Highwind Impact Fund. Please click the donate button above or email highwindimpact@gmail.com for additional information.


Highwind Impact Fund has supported nonprofits across the nation serving a wide variety of causes in their local communities

2021 Recipients

Bloom Foundation

Los Angeles-based nonprofit teaching young girls to overcome bullying through social and emotional learning programs

Gateway to the Great Outdoors

Chicago-based nonprofit focused on childhood environmental education through outdoor experiences and science literacy programs

Of Home, Family, and Future

New York-based nonprofit focused on workforce development by helping survivors of domestic violence succeed in new careers

Project I Am

Chicago-based nonprofit helping alleviate homelessness through blessings bags

Project Ropa

Los Angeles-based nonprofit empowering the transition from homelessness

Serve & Return Chicago

Chicago-based nonprofit providing tennis and education programs for underserved youth

The Shoulders of Giants

Dallas-based nonprofit inspiring underserved students to explore science, math, and engineering through industry mentorships and mission-oriented projects

2022 Recipients

Access Books Bay Area

San Francisco-based nonprofit working to level the literacy playing field by providing high-interest, culturally-relevant books and transformed library spaces to encourage students to read

Credit Abuse Resistance Education (CARE)

Chicago-based nonprofit focused on preparing high school and college students to manage their personal finances and responsibly use credit and other financial services

Culinary Care

Chicago-based nonprofit helping cancer patients live happier and healthier lives through good food and human connection

Dancing While Cancering

Chicago-based nonprofit dedicated to bringing joy to the impatient hospital experience for children with cancer


Houston-based nonprofit providing high-quality, out-of-school learning experiences for underprivileged students to become more competitive in college application cycles and to expand their horizons

English At Large

Boston-based nonprofit providing English language and cultural instruction through a volunteer network to adult immigrants and other newcomers who do not speak English as their first language

The GardenWorks Project

Chicago-based nonprofit promoting organic suburban agriculture to improve the well-being of the Chicago community, the environment, and those facing food insecurity

Houston Welcomes Refugees

Houston-based nonprofit focused on easing the resettlement process of refugees by providing starting essentials and by mobilizing partner families


New York-based nonprofit providing resources and support to Bengali /; South Asian women in the Norwood area of the Bronx who have been historically marginalized and victims of domestic abuse

Oakland Genesis

Oakland-based nonprofit using soccer as a tool to empower, educate, and inspire Oakland’s youth by delivering cost-free youth development programming to underserved communities

Precita Eyes Muralists

San Francisco-based nonprofit devoted to enriching and beautifying urban environments through community mural and mosaic collaborations

Urban Outreach Center

New York-based nonprofit working to end the hunger gap in East Harlem and the Upper East Side by providing meals and ancillary services to community members


Interested in joining Highwind Impact Fund?
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