May 19, 2020, Jenkintown, PA — National Philanthropic Trust (NPT), the largest national, independent donor-advised fund (DAF) sponsor and one of the top grantmaking institutions in the U.S., is pleased to announce Suzanne Yoon has been named Chair of NPT’s Board of Trustees. Yoon, founder and managing partner of Kinzie Capital Partners in Chicago, has held a seat on NPT’s board since 2014.
“Suzanne’s private equity expertise combined with a longtime enthusiasm for charitable giving are a great backdrop for becoming NPT’s next Board Chair,” said Eileen Heisman, CEO of National Philanthropic Trust. “She is a person of great integrity with extensive business acumen. Suzanne skillfully chaired NPT’s Investment Committee for several years, demonstrating a keen sense of leadership. We are confident Suzanne’s extraordinary talents will assist NPT in fulfilling its mission to increase philanthropy in society.”
About Suzanne Yoon
Yoon is the Founder and Managing Partner of Kinzie Capital Partners, a Chicago-based private equity firm investing in lower middle market companies in consumer, manufacturing and service industries. Yoon launched Kinzie as part of a long-standing vision to better help unlock value for companies by advancing the use of technology, data analytics and innovation to improve operational efficiency and create new avenues for growth.
Yoon has more than 20 years of experience in investing in and advising middle market companies. Prior to Kinzie, Yoon was a Managing Director of Versa Capital Management, where she led transaction development throughout North America. Yoon also served as a Senior Vice President of CIT Group, co-founded LaSalle Bank/ABN AMRO’s Corporate Restructuring Group and held positions in distressed loan portfolio management and advisory at LaSalle Bank and Ernst and Young’s Corporate Finance group, respectively.
Yoon believes in the diversity of experiences and puts this belief into action through active engagement with the business and civic community. She serves on several private company boards and, in addition to her chairmanship at NPT, her civic board service includes, The Council of Korean Americans (CKA) where she co-chairs the Finance Committee, and Board of HFS Chicago Scholars, an organization that serves economically disadvantaged Chicago inner-city high school students. She also serves on the Steering Committees of the Private Equity’s Women Investor Network (PEWIN), Women’s Association of Venture & Equity (WAVE) and is a member of the Association of Asian American Investment Managers and the Economic Club of Chicago.
Yoon received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics from the University of Iowa and is an Executive Scholar of Northwestern’s Kellogg School of Management.
About National Philanthropic Trust
Founded in 1996, NPT is the largest, national, independent donor-advised fund sponsor. Since its founding, NPT has raised $16.9 billion in charitable contributions. NPT has made more than 311,000 donor-recommended grants exceeding $7.7 billion to charities around the world. NPT ranks among the largest grantmaking institutions in the United States. NPT annually publishes the Donor-Advised Fund Report, the sector’s authority on the state of DAF philanthropy. NPT offers DAF resources for individuals, advisors and charities at NPTrust.org.