Jessie Krafft

Vice President Donor Advised and Grant Services

A critical part of the CAF America Grants team, Krafft is a leadership force, moving through the ranks of the Grants team to Grants Officer and then to her current position of Vice President of Donor Advised and Grant Services. In her current role, Jessie develops and executes services assisting donors with strategic grantmaking, philanthropy planning, and investing charitable assets. She also manages the grants team, overseeing fund management, charity vetting, and grant processing functions. In addition, she is managing the operations of our newest office, CAF Canada. Jessie is a strong philanthropic activist and completed the Master of Arts in International Development program at American University in 2016, having graduated summa cum laude from the honors college at Virginia Commonwealth University with a B.A. in Spanish and a B.S. in Anthropology, with a minor in Latin American Studies. She also received a certificate in Nonprofit Executive Management at Georgetown University in early summer 2013. Jessie is fluent in Spanish and holds a Spanish Certificate of Translation and Interpretation from her alma mater.

Prior to joining the CAF America staff, Jessie worked for over a year as a volunteer visitor coordinator, tutor, and child caretaker at an orphanage in Tegucigalpa, Honduras. As the visitor coordinator, she successfully coordinated several orthopedic surgical brigades that serviced the home and the surrounding communities.

Jessie Krafft is certified in Anti-Money Laundering (AML/CFT) by the Society of Tax and Estate Professionals (STEP)

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What inspires me to do what I do
My desire to work with charitable organizations began as a child when I would help my Grandfather stuff envelopes for an annual direct mail fundraising campaign to fundraise for orphanages in Latin America. The opportunity to visit orphanages in Mexico and Guatemala when I was older further instilled in me this desire to help the less fortunate. I volunteered for 18 months at an orphanage in Honduras a few years ago. These life events have inspired me to continue this work by helping foreign nonprofits gain access to generous donors in the U.S.

Nicknames
Yessi. Inspired by Honduran children and a co-worker.

Book that moved me
One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez.

Something someone would be surprised to know about me
My two front teeth are fake!

Slogans for life
Life is long, and it is what you make it.

Guilty pleasure
Candy Crush

Special talent
Playing guitar. And cooking!

Thing that really baffles me
Jellyfish. I think they might be aliens.

Favorite meal
This changes. Right now, a hot bowl of pho with tofu!

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