As a service of Foundation Center, GrantCraft is embedded in our Knowledge Services team. Here's a quick look at who is working on GrantCraft:
Jen Bokoff is the director of stakeholder engagement at Foundation Center. She develops partnerships and projects that build knowledge and strategy for grantmakers. She likes asking "so what?" to push Foundation Center's data-driven work to be as valuable and actionable as it can be to social sector changemakers. She also runs GrantCraft, a free service that taps the practical wisdom of funders to improve the collective knowledge of the philanthropy field. In her role, Jen regularly speaks at conferences and facilitates workshops with funders, and connects people to resources, ideas, and one another. A graduate of Tufts University, Jen studied community health and sociology and spent two years involved in the Learning by Giving philanthropy program. She serves on the Alumni Council as the chair of the development committee and also serves on an advisory committee for The Moth’s education programs. In her spare time, she is an amateur comedic improviser, avid Brooklyn nerd, and second base woman on Foundation Center's winning-in-spirit softball team. Jen is a firm believer that social innovation and change happen only when passionate 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 manager of stakeholder engagement at Foundation Center where she focuses on listening, learning, and iterating with our audiences. She also supports several programs in the knowledge services 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
Supriya Kumar, Research Analyst
Supriya Kumar is a research analyst at Foundation Center where she provides administrative, research, and operational support to several Knowledge Services teams, including GrantCraft. Prior to joining Foundation Center, she was an analyst at China Beige Book, where she analyzed and interpreted economic, financial and labor market data for The China Beige Book™, one of the most comprehensive private surveys conducted on the Chinese marketplace. She also previously served as the communications manager for the Worldwatch Institute, an environmental research organization based in Washington, D.C. Supriya received her bachelor’s degree in International Relations from American University and her master’s degree in International Affairs from Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs.
A favorite quote: “Our chief defect is that we are more given to talking about things than to doing them.” - Jawaharlal Nehru
GrantCraft also benefits from the skills and insight of Foundation Center staff across the entire organization.
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