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Grace Nicolette Named CEP’s Director of Marketing & Programming

Date: February 11, 2014

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Media contact: Grace Nicolette, Interim Director of Communications: 617-492-0800 x236

Cambridge, MA – The Center for Effective Philanthropy (CEP) has promoted Grace Chiang Nicolette to Director of Marketing and Programming. Nicolette, who will assume her new role this summer, has served since 2011 as a Manager on CEP’s Assessment Tools Team, where she led client relationships and spearheaded efforts to increase foundation use of CEP’s tools.

In particular, Nicolette has been the driving force behind the increased use of the Donor Perception Report (DPR), a donor-survey based comparative assessment tool, among community foundations. She has also served since October 2013 as Interim Director of Communications and Programming.

“I could not be more pleased to name Grace to this crucial leadership role at CEP,” said Phil Buchanan, President of CEP. “Grace has proven herself to be among the most effective ambassadors of both our assessment tools and research we have ever had on our staff, and this is a logical progression for her.”

As Director of Marketing and Programming, Nicolette will oversee efforts to raise the profile of CEP’s research insights and assessment tools so they influence more foundations to become more effective. She will oversee CEP’s widely read blog, its social media presence, and planning for its highly regarded biennial conference, working with her colleagues Sara Dubois, Senior Graphic Designer, and Emily Giudice, Coordinator. She will also lead efforts to increase CEP’s programming offerings.

“Grace has made tremendous contributions in her work as a key leader on CEP’s Assessment Tools Team, leading our work with dozens of funders around the country” said Kevin Bolduc, CEP Vice President – Assessment Tools. “Given her depth of understanding of the challenges and successes that funders have every day, it’s such a great thing for CEP to have her to take on the leadership of marketing and programming.”

Prior to joining CEP, Grace co-founded Social Venture Group, a philanthropy advisory firm in Shanghai that identifies investments in high potential nonprofits and social enterprises in China. As a result of her work, the World Economic Forum named her one of its Young Global Leaders in 2011. She remains active on the Board of SVG and also advises numerous foundations and nonprofits on their work in China. Grace has an executive education certificate from Harvard’s Kennedy School and graduated with honors from the University of Pennsylvania as a Benjamin Franklin Scholar with a BA in Economics and International Relations.


The Center for Effective Philanthropy (CEP) is a nonprofit organization with a mission to provide data and create insight so philanthropic funders can better define, assess, and improve their effectiveness and impact. CEP received initial funding in 2001 and has offices in Cambridge, Massachusetts and San Francisco, California. For more information on CEP’s work, including its research, publications, programming, and assessment tools, visit

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