About Bruce DeBoskey, J.D.
For more than 35 years, Bruce DeBoskey has been dedicated to community building and social change through his professional and volunteer work. It is with that mission and commitment that he founded The DeBoskey Group, helping individuals and families, businesses, and foundations organize, strategize and maximize the impact of their philanthropic initiatives.
Bruce writes a regular monthly column "On Philanthropy" which is published in the Sunday Denver Post Business Section. His columns can be read on the "Media" page of this website.
Bruce previously served as the Regional Director of the Anti-Defamation League's Mountain States Region, directing the regional civil/human rights initiatives of this national nonprofit organization. As Director, he led an 11 person staff and a 100+ member Board of Directors and its 20+ committees.
Prior to joining ADL in 2002, Bruce was a shareholder in Silver & DeBoskey, P.C., a 30-person Denver law firm specializing in dispute resolution of complex civil matters. His areas of trial practice included discrimination, civil rights, professional liability, environmental torts, personal injury, employment disputes and business litigation.
Bruce holds a B.A. from Indiana University in Political Science and Environmental Studies. He received his J.D. from the Georgetown University Law Center. Following law school, Bruce clerked for the Honorable Richard Matsch, U.S. District Judge for the District of Colorado. He is married and the father of four sons.
Bruce is a Teaching Fellow for Boston College's Center on Corporate Citizenship and is presently teaching "Corporate Giving: A 21st Century Approach" in workshops around the country.
Bruce is a "Certified 21/64 Trainer" having received specialized training in how to engage the next generation of philanthropists from 21/64, formerly a division of the Andrea and Charles Bronfman Philanthropies, in New York. He also has attained a Certificate in Corporate Community Involvement from Boston College's Center for Corporate Citizenship.
He currently serves as the Co-Dean of Philanthropy for the Purposeful Planning Institute, Vice-Chair of the Board of Directors of the Colorado Philanthropic Advisors Network (CPAN), and a member of the Rose Medical Center Advisory Board.
About Elaine Gantz Berman, Senior Strategist
Elaine Gantz Berman has dedicated her professional work and community service to improving the lives of Colorado's children. Currently serving as an elected member of the Colorado State Board of Education, she previously served for eight years on the Denver Board of Education, including four years as its President.
Elaine also worked for 18 years as a program officer at the Denver-based Piton Foundation, focusing on a wide spectrum of children's issues including adoption, child advocacy, child poverty, teen pregnancy, child abuse and neglect, child health, and public education. Her responsibilities included grant review, site visits, presentations, program development and evaluation. She has served on numerous not-for-profit boards and commissions and helped in the founding of the Colorado Children's Campaign, the Adoption Exchange, the Colorado Legacy Foundation and the Colorado Non Profit Development Center. She been an advocate for children and has also used her personal philanthropy to support these causes and organizations.
Elaine's life and work have been strongly influenced by her Cuban-born mother, as well as her two-year stint in Cali, Colombia with her husband, Steve, where they both worked in community health centers. She is fluent in Spanish and holds a MSPH from the School of Public Health, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.
About Carey Wirtzfeld, Senior Strategist
Carey Wirtzfeld is a corporate social responsibility professional with more than 15 years experience leading corporate and non-profit organizations in the Denver area and nationally. She has served as the Director of Corporate Social Responsibility for Qwest, the Director of the Qwest Foundation, and the CEO of the Pioneers, the nation's largest industry-related volunteer organization.
In her work at Qwest, Carey was responsible for developing and executing all community outreach efforts for the company including volunteerism and corporate giving. She also participated in sustainability efforts for the company.
Carey received a Bachelor of Arts in Government and a Masters of Public Policy degree, with a focus on education policy, from Georgetown University. Carey started her career at Burson-Marsteller Public Relations in New York City, helping corporate clients develop and execute communications plans. Then, she was with the Brookings Institution in Washington, D.C. where she managed their Center for Public Management.
Carey currently serves on the board of Reach Out and Read Colorado. Her previous board service includes Public Education and Business Coalition,
Colorado Association of Funders, the Hands-On Network Corporate Council and the United Way of America National Corporate Leaders Advisory Council. Carey resides in Littleton, CO with her husband and two sons.
Jennifer Kraft, Advisor
Jennifer Kraft is passionate about the power of strategic philanthropy and comes to The DeBoskey Group with 20 years of experience in the international nonprofit sector.
In her career with the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee (JDC,) Jennifer has lived and worked in Kiev, Mumbai, and Jerusalem, and traveled extensively throughout the former Soviet Union building effective partnerships between philanthropists and individuals, organizations and communities. Strengthening nascent community and organizational infrastructure while providing meaningful engagement with maximum outcome measurements is an area of particular interest and expertise.
For the past 10 years, Jennifer served as a JDC Senior Development Officer with a national portfolio, creating innovative resource development tools to advance institutional capacity and working closely and collaboratively with a diverse and highly accomplished staff and Board of Directors.
Jennifer has a Bachelor of Arts in Clinical Psychology from Tufts University, a Master’s in Social Work from Columbia University and a Master’s in Judaic Studies from The Jewish Theological Seminary of America.
Jennifer currently serves on the Board of the Denver-based Young Philanthropists Foundation, is the founder of the West Side Jewish Community, a social and cultural organization serving more than 50 families in Northwest Denver, and is active in the PTA at the Denver Center for International Studies at Fairmont.
In 2011, Jennifer enjoyed a 4-month adventure in Ethiopia while adopting her daughter. They reside in Northwest Denver.