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Cheryl Loe
Communications Project Manager
The Foundation Center
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The Foundation Center Appoints Viviana Bianchi and Jen Bokoff to
New Director Positions

New York, NY — April 4, 2013. The Foundation Center, the leading source of information about philanthropy worldwide, has announced the appointment of Viviana Bianchi as director of partnerships and Jen Bokoff as director of GrantCraft. Effective May 6, 2013, both positions are part of an expansion of the Center's Strategic Philanthropy division headed by Lisa Philp.

In recent years the Foundation Center has accelerated its efforts to help the funding community use data, research, and technology for strategic and collaborative philanthropy in the U.S. and around the world. Teams from across the organization — drawn from its extensive data architecture, research, and information technology departments — are developing content-rich knowledge tools including custom databases, mapping platforms, and web portals. The Strategic Philanthropy division was created to build upon this growing trend, foster new alliances, and bring these activities to scale.

Viviana Bianchi has an array of experience in fundraising, consulting, grantmaking, communications, and theater. Prior to joining the Center, she served as director of development at the Inter American Press Association, a nonprofit organization devoted to defending freedom of speech and freedom of the press in the Americas. Viviana's additional work in partnership development includes positions with StoryCorps, People for the American Way Foundation, National Council of La Raza, and AFS Intercultural Programs. Prior to these roles, she established a consulting firm in Buenos Aires to serve Argentinian clients on strategic planning and organizational development. Before this, Viviana served as program officer for independent media and other projects at the Funding Exchange and as communications director for Veritas Therapeutic Community. She began her career as an actor, theater director, and manager in New York. She received a B.A. in theater from the University of Massachusetts and an M.A. in cinema studies with a certificate in media and culture from New York University. Originally from Buenos Aires, Viviana has native fluency in Spanish and knowledge of Italian and French.

Jen Bokoff is a connector, blogger, and data nerd. Prior to joining the Center, she served as program officer for the Laurie M. Tisch Illumination Fund, a private foundation that strives to improve access and opportunity for all New Yorkers. As a grantmaker, Jen oversaw grants administration, office operations, special events, and the foundation's online presence. Previously, she was a paralegal specialist for the Internal Revenue Service where she managed a portfolio of U.S. Tax Court cases. At LIFT, an anti-poverty nonprofit organization, Jen worked as a client advocate to connect low-income clients with Medicaid, employment, tax preparation, and financial planning services. Active in social media and a student of storytelling, she also develops curricula and teaches professional development courses at the Brooklyn Brainery, a community-driven, crowdsourced educational center. Jen received a B.A. in sociology and community health from Tufts University and serves as co-president of Young Friends of Tufts Advancement.

"Viviana and Jen bring an extensive and complementary set of experiences and skills to the Foundation Center in areas including partnerships, grantmaking, communications, social media, and professional development," says Lisa Philp, the Foundation Center's vice president for strategic philanthropy. "I look forward to tapping their leadership as the Center collaborates with a growing number of funders, philanthropy networks, and donor advisors on tools and services that mobilize private resources for the public good."


About the Foundation Center
Established in 1956, the Foundation Center is the leading source of information about philanthropy worldwide. Through data, analysis, and training, it connects people who want to change the world to the resources they need to succeed. The Center maintains the most comprehensive database on U.S. and, increasingly, global grantmakers and their grants — a robust, accessible knowledge bank for the sector. It also operates research, education, and training programs designed to advance knowledge of philanthropy at every level. Thousands of people visit the Center's web site each day and are served in its five regional library/learning centers and its network of more than 470 funding information centers located in public libraries, community foundations, and educational institutions nationwide and around the world. For more information, please visit foundationcenter.org or call (212) 620-4230.

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