Donita Volkwijn

Manager, Knowledge Management

Donita joined Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors in May 2012, and leads Knowledge Management transformation efforts, with the aim of improving, enriching, and advancing the philanthropic sector. Through her previous roles at Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors, Donita has engaged with a range of individual donors and family foundations, and is now working with her team to catalog and disseminate organizational knowledge with the goal of enhancing Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors’ profile as a thought leader. Based in New York, she helps internal and external clients develop and implement effective strategies to achieve their philanthropic goals.

A board member at the Loveland Foundation, Donita is currently designing a strategy that explores the relationship between Knowledge Management (KM) and Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI), having found that centering the three pillars of KM (people, process and technology) can serve as an excellent entry point to DEI, while a thoughtful DEI policy can lead to better KM practices. Donita is also a firm believer in the KM tenet of “Knowledge shared is power multiplied.

She attended Oberlin College for her undergraduate studies and The Cleveland Institute of Music for her graduate work, studied German literature and holds a B.M. and M.M in vocal performance. She was born in South Africa and has lived there as well as in Germany, Belgium, and the United States.

Donita holds extensive experience in the performing arts, having sung in such varied places as London, Paris, Harare, San Francisco, and Tulsa.

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