As a service of Candid, GrantCraft is embedded in our Candid Labs team. Here’s a quick look at who is working on GrantCraft:
Janet Camarena, Director of Candid Learning
Janet leads the integration and oversight of Candid’s various learning platforms, including curriculum design and the development of learning tools and content on GrantCraft and GlassPockets. She previously served as the director of transparency initiatives for Foundation Center, working to champion greater foundation transparency and openness in the field of philanthropy. A key part of her role is to provide leadership for Glasspockets.org, which she helped to found and build in 2010. Glasspockets provides a variety of tools and features designed to encourage philanthropic openness. It has been recognized by the Webby Awards and was also selected as one of the Top 100 websites by PC Magazine.
Previously, Janet also served as director of Foundation Center’s regional office in San Francisco for 15 years. She led a team of six professionals in delivering extensive outreach and capacity building services throughout the Western United States, planning and overseeing training for social sector audiences, carrying out donor development and cultivation, and producing live and online programming such as the popular Meet the Grantmakers and Philanthropy Chat podcast series.
Janet was among 48 nonprofit leaders selected for the American Express Nonprofit Leadership Academy. She completed her undergraduate work at Mills College and received a master’s degree in library and information science from San Jose State University. She serves on the boards of PEAK Grantmaking and Community Initiatives, a fiscal sponsorship provider, and also volunteers by teaching art at her children’s elementary school.
Nikki investigates how funders can improve their philanthropy through evolving grantmaking practices. She produces, curates, and writes content for learning and knowledge sharing for the GrantCraft and GlassPockets publications, which aim to develop better grantmaking for funders and grantees.
Nikki has been writing the story of philanthropic practices since she joined PEAK Grantmaking in 2012. First as Director of Communications and later as Director of Knowledge/Practices, she led research, publications, and field-building explorations to illuminate grantmaking from the funder perspective.
From 2010-2012, she created and implemented public engagement strategies for Common Cause, a leading good government think tank, where she wrote and built campaign websites and executed social media strategies. From 2007-2009, she was Senior Director of Public Affairs at the General Federation of Women’s Clubs, where she was responsible for comprehensive public affairs and public policy strategy, media relations, and volunteer campaigns. Previously, Nikki was Communications Manager at the Center for Women’s Business Research from 2007-2009, where she developed and implemented communications and event production plans. Prior to joining the nonprofit arena, Nikki oversaw marketing and business development efforts for AmLaw100 law firms across global offices and varied practice groups.
Nikki’s experience in capturing the story of organizations and the people they serve, along with her cross-sector experience, gives her a unique perspective on the intersection of grantmakers and the nonprofit and community groups they support.
She holds a B.A. in English and Politics from Converse College in Spartanburg, SC.
GrantCraft also benefits from the skills and insight of Candid staff across the entire organization.
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