Adene Sacks identifies as an organizational strategist and philanthropic advisor who has 15 years of experience in grantmaking and growth strategy. She currently works as an independent consultant with foundations, philanthropists and social ventures interested to launch new program areas or consider major shifts in strategy. Her public writing explores how funders can be better catalysts of innovation and how networks can be deployed to amplify philanthropic impact.
From 2007-2012, Adene served as the founding Senior Program Officer of the newly established Jim Joseph Foundation. There, she guided development of the grants portfolio, grants review process and organizational culture from the Foundation’s earliest days. At Jim Joseph, Adene managed a grants portfolio of $40M and was charged with promoting the Foundation’s learning and visibility around the country. In 2011, Adene was awarded the JJ Greenberg Memorial Award for Leadership in the Field of Jewish Philanthropy.
Prior to her work at the Foundation, Adene served as founding Executive Director of a new social venture, the Israel Venture Network, which is now an international network of venture philanthropists interested to seed social enterprise in Israel.