Margaret Southerland

Financial Consultant, Organizational Capacity Builder and Strategic Planner

Padma Consulting



Margaret is an active consultant in the arts after a long career working in the arts in a variety of capacities. As the California Program Officer for the J.P. Morgan Chase Foundation for 10 years, she funded hundreds of arts organizations and arts education programs after evaluating applicants’ organizational, financial, and program capacities. She is active in the California philanthropic and nonprofit communities, and has served in a variety of capacities with the following entities:

  • Arts Education Funders Collaborative
  • Arts for All Pooled Fund in Los Angeles
  • Arts Loan Fund
  • Association of Fundraising Professionals-Golden Gate Chapter
  • Autry National Center Acquisition Committee 
  • Bay Area Corporate Volunteer Council
  • Emergency Loan Fund
  • Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco Corporate Partnership Committee
  • Nonprofit Space Capital Fund Performing Arts Program
  • Northern California Grantmakers;
  • University of Southern California Center on Philanthropy & Public Policy

    She has also presented at Grantmakers in the Arts and provided training to participants of the Center for Cultural Initiatives’ Business of Art program in San Jose on financing options for individual artists.

    Margaret is currently the consultant to the NCG's Arts Loan Fund, underwriting loan applications and presenting them to the Steering Committee. Prior to this she has served on the Arts Loan Fund Steering Committee representing JPMorgan and JPMorgan Chase. She has also served as its Interim Program Officer.

    Prior to her work in the philanthropic sector, Margaret was a commercial banker. Her prior financial experience as a commercial lending officer informs her ability to help arts organizations strengthen their financial capacity, create budgets and dashboard indicators for Board members and senior staff, and undergo strategic planning and program assessments. 

    Consulting Services

    • Create strategic plans and implement agendas;
    • Grant research and grant writing;
    • Analyze program operations and develop new programs;
    • Assess financial and organizational capacity;
    • Creation of dashboard indicators, budgets, and other financial toolkits;
    • Facility assessment related to the operations and management of cultural facilities;
    • Mange leadership transitions and serve as Interim Executive Director; and
    • Help with Board recruitment, development and training.  

    Current and Recent Clients

    • City of Oakland
    • City of San Francisco Grants for the Arts/Hotel Tax Fund
    • City of San Jose – Office of Cultural Affairs
    • Center for Cultural Innovation
    • Movimiento de Arte y Cultura Latino Americana (MACLA)
    • Northern California Comunity Loan Fund's Nonprofit Space Capital Fund Performing Arts Program
    • Northern California Grantmaker’s Arts Loan Fund
    • Pythia Arts Foundation
    • Oakland Ballet Company
    • SoundVision Productions

    Special Offer for Arts Organizations
    Your organization may be eligible for a Creative Capacity Fund Quick Grant. Financial technical assistance consulting services offered for the $1,200 Professional Development grants:

    • Cash Flow Projection Toolkit and consultation
    • Dashboard Indicators and Financial Overview Toolkit with consultation
    • Eight hours of financial technical assistance consultation on issues of importance to the Executive Director or Board of Directors
    • Eight hours of grant research

    Padma Consulting

    Margaret is a founder and Principal of Padma Consulting, providing consulting services to the nonprofit sector. We assist grantees and grantors with consulting services to help them strengthen their organizational and financial capacity so they can more effectively achieve their missions. Please visit www.padmaconsulting for more information on our consulting practice and the range of our consulting services.