Karen Pittelman is the author of two non-fiction books about social justice philanthropy, Classified: How to Stop Hiding Your Privilege and Use It for Social Change and Creating Change Through Family Philanthropy, both from Soft Skull Press. Her poetry has been published in journals including Keyhole, New World Writing, The Pinch, and New South. She is also a singer-songwriter with the queer alt-country band Karen & the Sorrows. She co-founded Chahara Foundation and The Trans Justice Funding Project, and tends to rant a lot about philanthropy. She graduated from Brown University in 1997 with a BA in Creative Writing.