Crystal Hayling

The Libra Foundation


Crystal Hayling has brought to The Libra Foundation a fresh vision of philanthropy that rejects business as usual and is responsive to the needs of frontline communities. Her focus has been on building strong relationships of trust with POC-led organizations working actively across the spectrum of racial and social justice issues. In September 2020, she founded the Democracy Frontlines Fund, a new aligned giving strategy that raised $36 million in unrestricted, multi-year support for an exemplary slate of Black-led organizations. She has served on the boards of the Center for Effective Philanthropy, Northern California Grantmakers, Asian Venture Philanthropy Network, and Grantmakers in Health and currently serves on the boards of the National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy, Justice Funders, and Community Change. A frequent speaker and author, Crystal was named to Inside Philanthropy’s Power List 100 in 2021. She is a graduate of Yale University and Stanford’s Graduate School of Business.