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Anja Böllhoff

Anja Böllhoff
Coordinating Director
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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).


James Magowan

Dr. James Magowan
Coordinating Director
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James has had a diverse career working in a range of disciplines, from agriculture, through European affairs, to philanthropy, in the private, public and not for profit sectors. James joined the ECFI team in January 2017as co-Coordinating Director. He combines this with his part-time positions as Co-ordinating Director of DAFNE and Northern Ireland Development Officer for the Association of Charitable Foundations in the UK.

Earlier in his career James worked for the Community Foundation for Northern Ireland for a total of 10 years, during which time he was a board member of UKCF (then CFN). He was a Senior Fellow with the Center on Philanthropy and Civil Society at the City University of New York in 2007.

In addition to his degree and PhD in Agriculture, James has a Diploma (with Distinction) in Management Practice (Audit Skills) from the Chartered Institute of Finance and Administration and a Certificate in English Language Teaching to Adults (CELTA) from the University of Cambridge.


Boris Strečanský

Boris Strečanský
Peer Learning Expert
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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.


Julia Szanton

Julia Szanton
Consultant

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.