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Jacob Harold is President and
CEO of Guidestar. He is a social change strategist, grantmaker, and author.
Jacob Harold, provides a roadmap of Guidestar’s future and it’s
strategic plan to revolutionize philanthropy and nonprofit practice by
providing information that advances transparency, enables users to make
better decisions, and encourages charitable giving.
Jacob came to GuideStar from the Hewlett Foundation, where he led
grantmaking for the Philanthropy Program. Between 2006 and 2012, he
oversaw $30 million in grants that, together, aimed to build a
21st-century infrastructure for smart giving.
Before that, Jacob worked as a consultant to nonprofits and
foundations at the Bridgespan Group and as a climate change strategist
for the David and Lucile Packard Foundation based at The Energy and
Resources Insitute in New Delhi, India. At the beginning of his career
he worked as a climate change campaigner for Rainforest Action Network
and Greenpeace USA and as organizing director at Citizen Works.
Jacob has written extensively on climate change and philanthropic
strategy. His essays have been used as course materials at Stanford,
Duke, Wharton, Harvard, and Oxford. He earned an AB summa cum laude from
Duke University and an MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of
Business with a certificate in public management.
Guidestar’s website is http://www.guidestar.org/
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