In order to serve the Bay Area and the Western region better, we're shifting the way we work. As of June 27, 2019, we will no longer offer library services of our own. Our trainings will be offered at various locations in the community and our databases can be accessed for free at any of our affiliate locations. Check GrantSpace.org for where to find us in the Bay Area and beyond.
As the director of Candid West, Michele Ragland Dilworth is responsible for elevating and expanding the reach of Candid across the western region by building partnerships and strategies that help to strengthen services to the social sector.
Michele has 20+ years of experience raising brand profiles, building teams, and contributing to the success of both private and nonprofit organizations. She began her career in high tech product development and marketing before transitioning to the nonprofit sector where she has worked in the arts (Asian Art Museum), social services (Edgewood Center for Children and Families), and global affairs (World Affairs Council/Global Philanthropy Forum).
Among her many volunteer roles, Michele serves on the board of trustees for the San Francisco Friends School.
As City Lead for San Francisco, Lori oversees Foundation Center public services and programming for the social sector in the Bay Area — helping nonprofits in the region find the information and tools they need to be successful. She has worked in information services for more than 15 years, specializing in business and marketing topics, including corporate social responsibility. A native of Chicago, she earned her Masters in Library & Information Science from Dominican University in River Forest, IL.
Community Outreach Manager
Ganga Dharmappa is the community outreach manager, providing outreach and training throughout the Bay Area and Western United States. For more than a decade, Ganga has led training, capacity-building, and development efforts within the nonprofit sector, and she has focused on increasing access and safety for marginalized and underserved communities. Prior to joining Foundation Center, Ganga worked at the Asian Women's Shelter in San Francisco and Girls Incorporated of Lynn, Massachusetts. Ganga holds a B.A. in English from Cornell University and an M.F.A. in writing from the University of San Francisco. She is a short fiction writer and occasional poet. In her spare time, she also serves as a postpartum doula for newly expanded families.
Director of Data Discovery
Laia leads the Data Discovery team's efforts to uncover new datasets and prototype them into our growing suite of services for philanthropy.
Laia joins Foundation Center from InterAction, where she worked for 9 years, most recently as Director of Transparency, Accountability and Results. She played a leading role in developing the data-rich rich NGO Aid Map, including building a team, streamlining processes to collect project data from InterAction's member organizations, and developing strategies for improving data quality. She led InterAction's advocacy efforts related to the transparency of U.S. foreign assistance, particularly as related to the International Aid Transparency Initiative (IATI), a data standard Foundation Center also uses. Most recently, Laia led the Initiative for Open Ag Funding, a Gates-funded grant for which Foundation Center is a sub-grantee.
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Eliza joined Foundation Center in spring of 2014. She worked with Glasspockets, Foundation Center’s transparency effort, managing the Transparency Talk blog and devising social media strategy. She is now a media strategist working with Foundation Center West on a wide range of communications projects, from blogging and web design, to social media engagement and marketing. Eliza is passionate about communications, and in addition to her work at Foundation Center, she produces stories for public radio programs and cultural publications, including Snap Judgment, The Litography Project, and The Organist. She is also a writing instructor: she currently teaches radio writing at San Francisco's Writing Pad; podcasting at San Quentin State Prison; and nonfiction writing at The Oakland School for the Arts.
Social Sector Librarian
Laura Bergman is a Social Sector Librarian at Candid. She teaches classes on how to use Foundation Directory Online (FDO) in the context of prospecting for grants, and answers online questions about general nonprofit fundraising. Laura has served the non-profit sector for 25 years as a nonprofit executive director, development director, and program designer. Before joining the Foundation Center (now Candid), Laura worked at the California Arts Council, the Exploratorium Museum, and Z Space Theater, where she currently volunteers as Board President.
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