Nicole Varner

Vice President of Grants Services

Nicole joined CAF America in 2012 and is currently the Senior Director of Donor Advised & Grant Services. Nicole manages a core segment of the grants team with a focus on charity vetting, grantmaking, and regulatory compliance. She also manages key client relationships, providing strategic guidance and oversight to corporate, foundation, and individual giving programs.

Nicole holds a BA in Anthropology with minors in Spanish and Business Administration from The George Washington University, and her international experience was enhanced at the Universidad Autónoma de Madrid in Spain. She is certified in Anti-Money Laundering (AML/CFT) by the Society of Tax and Estate Professionals (STEP).

What inspires me to do what I do
I believe that anything which contributes to something bigger than myself is well worth my time and efforts.

Likes
Running, cooking, and eating.

Book that moved me
Born to Run. It shows there are still many things unknown to us and many things we think we know, that are just waiting to be disproved.

Something someone would be surprised to know about me
I make a mean soft pretzel.

Special talent
I’m quite musical. I whistle while I work and I sing in the shower. It’s really very special.

Thing that really baffles me
Bacon print clothes. I get why people want to wrap food in bacon, but why your shirt….

Guilty pleasure
Chocolate covered cheese cake on a stick from the county fair.

Favorite meal
Haagen Daas vanilla ice cream with any kind of pie (except Strawberry Rhubarab. Vegetables do not belong in dessert).

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