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Anja Böllhoff

Anja Böllhoff
Coordinating Director

Anja Böllhoff is the coordinating director of ECFI, a position she has held since the initiative’s start in January 2016.

From 2002-2015, Böllhoff was CEO of the Bielefeld Community Foundation, during which time the foundation multiplied its endowment tenfold and implemented many successful projects. Since 2008 she has advised the German Community Foundation Initiative as a regional curator, further widening her connections in the CF field.

Böllhoff also participated in the Körber Foundation’s Mover programme for two years, a project dedicated to peer learning activities with members of the most successful non-profit organizations in Germany and Europe. Böllhoff has published several articles on national community foundations and is a recognized speaker in the field. 

She holds a degree in business studies from the Friedrich Wilhelm University in Nuremberg and possesses qualifications in foundation management (DSA) and leading roundtable discussions (Breuninger Foundation).

Boris Strečanský
Peer Learning Expert

Boris Strečanský currently holds a position as senior expert at the Centre for Philanthropy (CPF) in Bratislava (Slovakia). In 2002 he co-founded CPF, and was executive director of the organiztion for ten years.

During the 1990s, Strečanský was co-director of a United States Agency for International Development multi-year, multi-million-dollar grant programme, and in 1998 founded the ETP Slovakia Foundation, of which he was executive director for four years.

Strečanský has provided consultancy and expertise to the C. S. Mott Foundation, the Open Society Institute in Budapest and New York, the East-West Management Institute, the World Resources Institute, the World Bank, VU University Amsterdam as well as advising several CF initiatives, with a focus on Romania and Hungary. 

Also a member of the Governmental Council for Non-Profit NGOs in Slovakia and international research networks, Strečanský has published nationally and internationally on civic organizations and philanthropy.

Burkhard Küstermann
Scientific Consultant

Burkhard Küstermann is a professor of social law at the Brandenburg University of Technology Cottbus-Senftenberg and works as an independent consultant to community foundations across Europe.

From 2013-2014 Küstermann was deputy general secretary of the Association of German Foundations. His work there began in 2005, and he was project manager of the Community Foundation Initiative in Germany between 2008 and 2014.

In his role as scientific consultant for ECFI, Burkhard Küstermann is largely responsible for mapping CFs in Europe and analysing other information gathered in this project.

Mike Scott
Partner for the Community Foundation Conference

Mike Scott has more than a decade of experience working in the voluntary and community sector in the UK and Asia. Based in London, he previously worked for the National Council for Voluntary Organisations (NCVO) as national manager of investing in volunteers and for Volunteering England. In 2015, Scott was head of quality framework at Save the Children International.

As membership manager for UK Community Foundations (UKCF) he is currently responsible for facilitating training, events, best practice sharing and quality accreditation of the community foundation network in the UK.

Scott will play a pivotal role in the development of the European Community Foundations Conference to be hosted by UKCF.

Julia Szanton

Julia Szanton is an independent facilitator and consultant to the not-for-profit sector. Her particular areas of focus include learning processes for NGO practitioners, fundraising and organizational development and network building. 

From 2008-2013 Szanton was head of programmes and partnership development at ActionAid (Netherlands). She has also worked in other international development positions involving diverse networks. In the early 2000s, she assisted the start-up of WINGS at the US Council on Foundations and organized study visits for community foundations while a fellow at the Council on Michigan Foundations.

Her previous long-term roles related to philanthropy development in Europe have included initiating the Serbian Balkan Community Initiatives Fund (currently Trag Foundation), and managing larger grant-making programmes and fundraising for the Via Foundation in the Czech Republic.

Her strong experience in the development of programmes, with a specific emphasis on network building, fundraising strategies and advocacy, are a valuable resource for ECFI.