Remembering and Honoring Toby D’Oench

The Funding Exchange community is deeply saddened by the passing of Toby D’Oench on January 23, 2012. Toby was widely admired as a founder and long- time participant in the North Star Fund, the local affiliate of the FEX Network serving New York City. In addition, Toby was involved in establishing the FEX network and setting up the national office. Among his many skills and talents, and before he became an exceptional lawyer, Toby was an outstanding computer software designer. He wrote the customized software for the initial use of computers by the FEX national office in the 1980’s. His integrated program for accounting, grantmaking and donor records was ahead of its time and was used by virtually all of the FEX network foundations for many years. We are grateful for his technical and professional achievements, but we honor Toby especially for his life-long commitment to social justice and his exceptional leadership in the growth of progressive philanthropy.

To learn more about the full measure of Toby’s life and his work, click here to read the poignant tribute from the North Star Fund.

There will be a memorial service to honor Toby’s life on February 18, 2012 at 11:00 am at Pier 60, Chelsea Piers, 23rd Street and the Hudson River in NYC.  Additionally, Toby’s wife, Tani Takagi, has shared the following information:

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations in Toby’s name to: 

The D’Oench Family Fund at North Star Fund. Toby was a founder of North Star Fund in the late 70’s. The D’Oench Family Fund is an opportunity for his children to know more about the work he cared deeply for and to participate in North Star’s philanthropic mission. The Nelson Mandela Children’s Fund and South Africa Partners (in memory of Toby D’Oench). Toby had a long-held interest in the development of South Africa after spending a year in Johannesburg in the mid-70’s building a library.