Rebecca Van Sickle
Since 2001, Rebecca has worked for private and corporate foundations managing and leading grants management strategy, delivering technology solutions, and coordinating grants process and policy changes. She began her career in philanthropy at the David and Lucile Packard Foundation working across all of the foundation's grantmaking programs in an effort to identify better practices. Rebecca then moved to corporate philanthropy in 2004, working as the Grants Manager for Citi Foundation, the corporate foundation for Citigroup. There, she helped the global grantmaker transition from a paper-based grant application to an online system to streamline and facilitate over 3,000 applications annually. In 2008, Rebecca became the Director of Grants Management at the Atlantic Philanthropies. While at Atlantic, Rebecca implemented a more secure and automated grant payment system that reduced the grant payment timeframe by one week. In 2012, she and her team worked to implement the Fluxx grants management system. This year-long effort involved evaluating Atlantic's current grantmaking process and adapting it to an online workflow. All of this work has contributed to helping Atlantic prepare for the end of grantmaking operations in 2016.
Rebecca received her B.S. from Northwestern University and her M.B.A. from the S.C. Johnson Graduate School of Management at Cornell University. She is also a former Board Member of Peak Grantmaking.
Rebecca Smith worked for The Kresge Foundation for 14 years evaluating and implementing systems, leading data migration efforts, and defining and refining grants processes and procedures.
She began her career in nonprofits at Detroit Artists Market in 1998 as the Development Associate, primarily responsible for fundraising systems administration. Rebecca joined The Kresge Foundation in 2001 as the Grants Information System Administrator and helped lead the implementation of MicroEdge GIFTS grants management system within an eight-month timeframe. In 2007, Rebecca was promoted to the role of Information Systems Manager, and she led an effort to review and restructure the grant coding, processes and procedures, and she implemented an online-only grant application.
Beginning in 2014, Rebecca served as the technical lead on the foundation’s Fluxx grants management system implementation. This eight-month project involved adapting Kresge’s current grantmaking processes and procedures to an online workflow and migrating approximately 27K organizations, 46,000 requests, and 200,000 related documents. In addition, Rebecca also helped configure Fluxx integrations with Bridger, Docusign and Guidestar, as well as modules for RFPs, social investments, conflict of interest, and matching gifts.
Rebecca Smith received her B.F.A with Highest Honors from College for Creative Studies in Detroit, Michigan. She is also a former Board and Executive Committee Member (Secretary) of Technology Affinity Group and serves on the TAG Conference Logistics Committee.
As Associate Director of Analytics at the Rockefeller Foundation, Veronika partnered with cross-functional teams to overcome high priority operational challenges. As part of both the Grants Management and Organizational Performance teams since 2011, Veronika supported the Foundation's transition to a fully automated, custom grantmaking platform. This included supporting the creation of online workflows, performance monitoring dashboards and new reporting tools. Veronika also provided senior leadership with enhanced analyses and visualizations to support their oversight of $140 million annual budget representing more than 20 programmatic areas and spearheaded a new approach to forecasting grant cash flows for portfolio decision-making.
Prior to her work at Rockefeller Foundation, Veronika provided financial management consulting services to nonprofit organizations of varied operational sizes and service environments, gaining extensive project management experience, as well as developing a knack for communicating complex information to a range of stakeholders. Veronika also coordinated the start-up of an international microfinance organization’s first U.S. office and was responsible for administrative reporting for four long-term USAID projects in Guyana, Uganda, Ethiopia and Rwanda.
Veronika received her B.A. in Anthropology from Boston University and her M.P.A. from the Wagner Graduate School of Public Service at New York University.