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Jen Bokoff
Jen Bokoff is a connector, blogger, storyteller, and people-watcher. Currently, she works at the Foundation Center as the director of GrantCraft, a project that taps the “practical wisdom” of grantmakers to increase the collective knowledge of the philanthropy field. Jen develops grantmaking resources, facilitates the exchange of information among funders around the world, strategizes around new approaches to presenting and analyzing data, and collaborates across departments to maximize sector impact. Jen also teaches professional development classes at the Brooklyn Brainery, a skill-sharing adult learning community center, including managing a Gmail inbox, running 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. Jen has previously worked for the Laurie M. Tisch Illumination Fund, the IRS, and LIFT, an anti-poverty nonprofit. In her spare time, Jen is a storyteller, blogger, amateur comedic improviser, and player on her nonprofit softball team.

Jen can be found on Twitter @jenbo1 and otherwise at

Entries by Jen Bokoff

Who Are They? Next Gen Donors

(0) Comments | Posted September 13, 2013 | 12:40 PM

The first podcast episode in a four-week series called "Shaping the Future of Philanthropy: Voices from Next Gen Donors" was released this week on GrantCraft. GrantCraft, a joint service of the Foundation Center and the European Foundation Centre, taps the practical wisdom of funders...

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Continued Learning at Next-to-No Cost? No Brainer!

(1) Comments | Posted January 3, 2013 | 11:40 AM

Jonathan Soma, 29, and Jen Messier, 28, love learning -- but are the opposite of traditional academics. They're both laid back, up for adventures, cook all sorts of food, and have a following of thousands of Brooklynites who have never met them. Three years ago, they founded the

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Philanthropic Bartenders Making Waves in Communities

(7) Comments | Posted December 25, 2012 | 7:04 PM

"No matter what your career is, there's a way that everyone can incorporate giving into the fabric of their daily life." -- Hilary Krishnan, 27

When Brian Floyd decided to donate his tips from a shift of bartending at The Vanderbilt in Brooklyn, N.Y. to tsunami relief in early 2011,...

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Communication, Connectivity, Collaboration: 3 C's Key to Millennial Ecosystem of Success

(1) Comments | Posted November 28, 2012 | 3:54 PM

Millennials operate inside a networked ecosystem of ideas and people, resulting in deeper passion for solutions and consequential breadth of impact. This generation (my generation) exists in a space driven and inspired by the work of others. Look at some cases, and you'll see how on their...

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