Ilana Valinsky, MSW


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Ilana brings over 10 years of experience in the nonprofit sector to Bloom. She is committed to and passionate about achieving social good by working towards equity in Philadelphia education and health and human service spaces by drawing upon her extensive philanthropic, communications, project management, and social work background. Her diverse professional experiences have enabled her to sharpen her skills as both a team player and as a leader who can operate, plan, and execute thoughtfully and strategically.

Most recently, Ilana served as the Director of Individual Giving for Teach For America-Greater Philadelphia (TFA), successfully managing a robust donor portfolio of individuals supporting TFA at the $5,000 to $25,000 levels and playing a critical role in improving donor cultivation and solicitation strategies. In addition to her fundraising work, Ilana recruited new board members, helping to grow and to enhance the Regional Advisory Board. She helped facilitate the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusiveness series for TFA alumni, led the Greater Philadelphia team as the head of the internal staff Culture Committee, and built and executed a six-part Leading as a Woman professional development series.

Prior to TFA, Ilana was the Philanthropic Advancement Specialist for Foundation For The Carolinas (FFTC) in Charlotte, North Carolina. As a portfolio manager at FFTC, Ilana designed grantmaking programs for corporate, foundation, and nonprofit partners, and advised boards that distributed grants to at-risk youth organizations. Additionally, as a donor relations coordinator, she met with donors interested in establishing and growing their long-term philanthropic goals through planned giving. As a liaison to 20 different teams representing education, arts, science, and heritage organizations, she was well-versed in strengthening the grant-making pipeline.

Ilana earned her BA in English at Davidson College in 2008 and her Master of Social Work from the University of Pennsylvania in 2015. During graduate school, Ilana spent time working with students as a grief counselor in Philadelphia’s district and charter schools and as a psychotherapist at Penn Behavioral Health. While at the University of Pennsylvania, she pursued coursework in criminal justice, the school-to-prison-pipeline, and gender and race relations and was voted class graduation speaker by her 140-person cohort.

Outside of work, Ilana volunteers within the Philadelphia community and currently serves on the Resource, Development and Communications Committee for the Community Design Collaborative, and is continually exploring the city that she has called home for the past five years.