As a service of Foundation Center, GrantCraft is embedded in our Strategic Philanthropy team. Here's a quick look at who is working on GrantCraft:
Jen Bokoff works at Foundation Center as the director of GrantCraft, a service that taps the practical wisdom of funders to increase the collective knowledge of the philanthropy field. In her role, Jen develops free resources to help grantmakers improve practice and facilitates dialogue with funders around the world. She also connects the social sector with Foundation Center’s array of knowledge services to advance the strategic use of data in informing work. Jen also teaches professional development classes at the Brooklyn Brainery, a skill-sharing adult learning community center, including how to run effective meetings and how to be a connector. A graduate of Tufts University, Jen studied community health and sociology and spent two years involved in the Learning by Giving philanthropy program. She continues to be involved with the university through service on the Alumni Council and a leadership role in the capital campaign. Jen has also worked for a private foundation, the IRS, and LIFT, an anti-poverty nonprofit. In her spare time, Jen serves on advisory committees for The Moth’s education programs and the James Beard Foundation Annual Food Conference, and is a storyteller, amateur comedic improviser, and second base woman on Foundation Center’s softball team. She also blogs across the Internet with contributions to Huffington Post, Alliance Magazine, Dowser, the Grants Managers Network blog, and anything else that comes her way. Jen is a firm believer that social innovation and change happen only when passionate, intelligent people across different industries collaborate; being a strong connector enables this growth in local communities and throughout the world.
A favorite quote: "As you navigate through the rest of your life, be open to collaboration. Other people and other people's ideas are often better than your own. Find a group of people who challenge and inspire you, spend a lot of time with them, and it will change your life." - Amy Poehler
Erin is a special projects associate at Foundation Center where she supports several programs in the strategic philanthropy department including GrantCraft. Prior to joining the Center, Erin received a master's degree in nonprofit management from the New School's Milano School of International Affairs, Management, and Urban Policy, and worked for Bideawee, an animal welfare organization.
A favorite quote: "Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it's the only thing that ever has." - Margaret Mead
GrantCraft also benefits from the skills and insight of Foundation Center staff across the entire organization.
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