CEO Series: Constellation Fund’s Andrew Dayton on Impact-Oriented Philanthropy

Join us for a discussion with Andrew Dayton about an evidence-driven, community-informed approach to poverty alleviation.

andrew-daytonAfter his early career as a retail and hospitality entrepreneur, Andrew Dayton founded the Constellation Fund, a foundation bringing a new perspective to our community’s philanthropic marketplace: an evidence-driven, community-informed approach to poverty alleviation. Join us to hear Andrew talk about Constellation's impact-oriented perspective on giving back.

Andrew Dayton is the founder and CEO of the Constellation Fund, which leverages data, research, and advanced analytics alongside careful qualitative analysis to identify, fund, and empower the people and organizations making the biggest demonstrable impacts in the fight against poverty in the Twin Cities. In just over two years – after attracting a dynamic staff, an growing cadre of leading corporate partners, a network of our state's brightest minds and leading research institutions, a distinguished and committed Board of Directors, and a rapidly-expanding donor base – Constellation has quickly established itself as a model of modern, evidence-driven philanthropy.

Andrew is also a co-founder and co-owner of Askov Finlayson, an outdoor apparel company and certified B Corp that invests the monetary equivalent of 110% of its own carbon emissions into leading-edge organizations addressing climate change. Andrew previously co-founded and co-owned North Corp, an award-winning hospitality group in the Twin Cities. He has worked as the Deputy Legislative Director to former San Francisco Mayor Edwin M. Lee, leading San Francisco’s state and federal policy and budgetary priorities in Sacramento and Washington D.C. He sits on the board of directors of Breck School, The Minneapolis Foundation, and Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors.

Andrew received a B.A. in History from Yale University, and a J.D. from the University of Michigan Law School.

When and Where?


6:00PM - 7:00PM Tue 16 Feb 2021, Central timezone

Virtual Event Instructions:

Zoom link sent to participants prior to the event.