Meet the Team

Jonathan Scoonover loves helping people connect their resources to their passions to make a real impact.  He has more than two decades of experience in the philanthropic and nonprofit sectors, and a strong track record of evaluating the health and strength of nonprofits and establishing mechanisms to maximize giving.

Jonathan began his personal philanthropy journey as a newlywed, when he and his wife received some fantastic advice about experiencing the joy of giving.  Soon after, he helped establish Equitas, a philanthropic granting arm of a local private family foundation, and experienced first-hand the scaled impact of strategic giving, both locally and internationally.

Jonathan went on to serve as the executive director of innovation and interim president for Great Schools Partnership (now Knox Education Foundation).  He is also co-founder and former president of the Community Coalition Against Human Trafficking which works with multiple nonprofits and survivors who are fighting trafficking in East Tennessee.

He has been awarded Knoxville’s 40 under 40, is a graduate of the Consortium for Social Enterprise Effectiveness (CSEE), and is a member of the Leadership Knoxville Class of 2023.

Jonathan is a proud native of Knoxville, TN, where he lives with his wife, Beth, and daughter, Caroline.  He holds a Masters of Public Health (MPH) degree and a BS in Mechanical Engineering, both from the University of Tennessee.   He enjoys reading, running through the hills of TN, cheering at One Knox SC matches, and traveling with family and friends.

To get in touch with Jonathan, email: or call: 865.256.4333.

One of the hallmarks of Cary’s career is supporting others in the achievement of their goals and objectives by offering advice, guidance, and practical implementation tools to nonprofit leaders and those who want to make a difference with their philanthropy.

For 40+ years, Cary has multiplied his skills and experience through working in advancement at a college and seminary, in several executive leadership positions at a major international relief and development agency, and serving on the board of a family foundation in the Midwest for more than a decade. Cary is also a contributing member of Professionals in Christian Philanthropy.

For the last 23+ years, Cary served as the President of the Stewardship Foundation in Tacoma, Washington, and was privileged to help this family foundation distribute more than $100 million in grants worldwide.  Cary partnered with the board of directors to increase the impact of hundreds of nonprofits locally, nationally, and internationally, empowering those they serve to fulfill their potential, and build healthy, thriving families and communities.

Growing up in Pennsylvania, Cary earned his undergraduate degree from Dickinson College, a law degree from Suffolk University in Boston, and a Ph.D. from the University of Pennsylvania in Educational Leadership.  For the past 30 years, Cary and his family have loved making the Pacific Northwest their home.  Married to Maggie for 45+ years, they delight in living near their three adult children and spouses, and their seven grandchildren.

To get in touch with Cary, email: or call: 253.709.8975.