Jennifer Dobossy is JDC, LLC Owner, Community Engagement and Philanthropy Strategist and creator of 4Ps to Impact TM. Jennifer has 20 years of experience in national philanthropy including nearly a decade of work at the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, one of the top five largest foundations in the U.S. She led her professional athlete client’s foundation to earn recognition as Non-Profit of the Year; and served as a lead consultant on a national program funded by the NFL Foundation. Jennifer returned to her hometown in Minnesota where she resides with her husband and two sons.
Jennifer believes in the transformational power sports leaders have when they engage in a sound philanthropic strategy to impact individuals and communities. She volunteers as a youth soccer coach and youth leader at her church. She is on the Boards of the Global Institute for Responsible Sports Organizations and All Square, a civil rights social enterprise. Jennifer earned a Masters of Public Administration from New York University and Sports Impact Leadership Certificate from Johns Hopkins University.
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Through Jennifer’s leadership and expertise, she guided me in the process of identifying initiatives most important to me and helped me create a sound, award-winning foundation beyond my imagination…I confidently recommend Jennifer to serve as a sound steward of private resources and guide to others on their philanthropic journey.
Jennifer Dobossy has the unique ability to adopt, develop, and facilitate ideas related to philanthropy and community service. I have personally experienced Jennifer’s leadership while participating in an endeavor sponsored by a member of our organization. As a professional coach, I can confirm the value of teamwork and execution as hallmarks of an effective unit. Jennifer easily embodies these qualities while maximizing the potential of those she serves.
Jennifer does all she can to bring new developers and contributors to any project she is involved in. Jennifer has been an asset to our community, schools and businesses. It is really helpful to have someone who has the experience and knowledge with securing grants, engaging in community projects and events. I appreciate all of her advice and assistance.
As Jennifer’s direct manager while at the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, she consistently proved herself an asset to RWJF’s staff and national programs. Jennifer is not only smart, organized and clear, but also a driven creator and manager who gets the job done. Her collaborative spirit builds a strong and supportive culture that helps grantees, staff and other partners succeed.
Jennifer’s high level of expertise made my job easier. She has been an effective partner who consistently identified synergies that helped us maximize opportunities and provide targeted support for our players.
As the wife of an athlete and someone who works with athletes, Jen has been a pleasure to work with. She understands the big role that family members play in an athlete’s philanthropy; and understands the time and pressure demands of our lives. As a trusted partner, she is committed to sharing resources and connections and engaging in what works to enable philanthropy to thrive.
Jen’s practical advice resulted in clarifying our intended impact and focus. Her expertise was on point and timely given our early stages of our family foundation’s strategy development. Jen is genuine and easy to work with. I know others would benefit from her expertise.
This process will help you know what to say “yes” to with your time, talent and treasure ensuring alignment to what is most important to you off the field/court.
We believe that partnerships with vetted organizations that have demonstrated impact are the key to creating high-impact on in the causes and communities important to you. Approximately 90% of player foundations close within three years of retirement. The vast majority of private athlete foundations are not funded by their athlete founder and close due to “misdirected funds, inadequate oversight, poor leadership, lack of commitment, low impact, lack of measurement or evaluation.” (Babiak 2014) Why should the public give to you and your organization and not give to organizations in the community that have been doing effective work way longer than you have?
We listen. We seek to understand our clients’ interests, motivations and stories. We seek to understand the individuals and communities most important to our clients. We engage with issue experts and thought leaders who are representative of the communities most important to our clients. We work in authentic partnership with networks that are racially and culturally relevant to the communities we serve and to the impact our clients’ envision. These efforts inform our strategy design and includes the voices of those most affected by the work.
We work directly with you and your spouse or family member. Our process educates you and your trusted network. It provides a road map with suggested partners and best practices to guide your implementation of the plan; and we can advise as needed along the way.
We honor and respect your whole self, not just your identity as an athlete. We demonstrate respect for the special role that professional athletes’ families, especially their mothers and wives have in their lives.
We will create an engagement and communications strategy that results in a consistent personal brand narrative which we can share with your personal team.