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’s executive 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
Sarina Dayal, Knowledge Services Associate
Sarina Dayal is a knowledge services associate at Foundation Center. She collaborates with several Knowledge Services teams including GrantCraft to provide administrative, research, and operational support. Sarina has worked with both nonprofit and philanthropic foundation groups as a speaker, panelist, and facilitator at national conferences in the field of youth philanthropy. Prior to joining Foundation Center, Sarina studied Environmental Design and Middle Eastern/South Asian studies at UC Davis. She has worked in both public sector planning and landscape design. Applying her interest in spatial thinking with data, she earned a Certificate in Geographic Information Systems from UC San Diego and has used this technology to support policy changes in the City of Anaheim.
A favorite quote: “Another world is not only possible, she is on her way. On a quiet day, I can hear her breathing.” – Arundhati Roy
GrantCraft also benefits from the skills and insight of Foundation Center staff across the entire organization.
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