Donita VolkwijnCoordinator, Knowledge Development
Donita joined Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors in May 2012, and serves as Coordinator of Knowledge Development. Through her previous roles at RPA, 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 RPA’s 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. She is deeply interested in creating and implementing a theory of change, not only as a means of harnessing knowledge, but also as a means of effecting cultural change that serves to inform the sector.
Donita comes to RPA with experience in the performing arts, having sung in such varied places as London, Paris, Harare, San Francisco, and Tulsa. 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.