Jenny Hodgson has been the executive director of the Global Fund for Community Foundations (GFCF) since 2006 when it was first established as a pilot project. Over the course of the past twelve years, she has overseen the emergence of the GFCF as the leading global voice on community philanthropy as a core strategy for people-led development and shifting power closer to the ground. The GFCF is a champion of this largely overlooked but rapidly emerging global field, using grants, research and convenings to support thought leadership and the emergence of a global community philanthropy (#ShiftThePower) movement.
Jenny moved to Uganda in 1992 and never returned to her native UK, setting up home – with cats, dogs and family – in Russia, Kenya, Singapore, Thailand and South Africa, where she has been based for the past decade. Jenny has a BA (Hons) in English from Emmanuel College, Cambridge and an MA in International Relations from Johns Hopkins School Advanced International Studies (SAIS). She is on the board of the African Philanthropy Network.