Anna Wolf

I help our clients discover where their giving does most good. Writing a cheque is easy, but crafting a plan that actually achieves positive change is much more challenging – this is where Beyond Philanthropy gets involved.

Anna joined Beyond Philanthropy as a Consultant in 2010. She focuses on the development of impact-driven funding strategies, projects and grant management for corporate foundations and companies in information technology, financial services, transportation and food. She has developed strategies to scale up business and non-profit programmes, redesigning governance structures, funding and analysis.

Anna started her professional career with the Friedrich-Ebert Foundation, coordinating political projects in Eastern Europe and the foundation’s regional offices. Later, she joined the Berlin start-up sector, launching ecogood, an online platform for calculating, reducing and compensating the carbon footprint of individuals. She was also an Associate of the New Wealth Culture, a project group of Stiftung Neue Verantwortung.

Anna holds a Diploma in Political Science from the Free University Berlin and a Masters in Eastern European Studies from Oxford University. She published and co-authored articles on venture philanthropy and impact investing in sector journals such as Stiftung & Sponsoring, VS Verlag and Stifterpost.

Why did you choose working for Wider Sense?

I joined Wider Sense because I have always been fascinated by private sector solutions toward fighting poverty and injustice worldwide. I especially support the notion that every individual and corporation can contribute to creating new opportunities and better lives for the poor and underserved. For me, BWider Sense takes effect exactly at this point: being located between the private and non-profit sector to leverage the strengths of both worlds.

What is a random fact about you?

When I was a child, I did not like my last name, because it meant wolf in German. I would have preferred to be named after ponies or tigers. Looking back I think that luckily not all children’s wishes come true.