Get to Know Josh Klinski, Grant Writer

Each month we’ll be profiling a member of the Happy Hearts Fund team. Check back to get to know us a little better and find out what goes on behind the scenes at HHF!

Josh Klinski brings fifteen years experience in nonprofit development to Happy Hearts Fund. Prior to HHF, Josh worked in corporate and foundation relations at the International Rescue Committee and served as the Associate Director of Development at Coalition for the Homeless. He holds a Masters in Sociology from Columbia University.

Why did you want to work at Happy Hearts Fund?
During the past 15 years, I’ve worked for nonprofit organizations of all sizes. I’ve come to realize that I most enjoy being part of a smaller, family-style team. I believe my grant writing skills can have the biggest impact this way. When the opportunity to join Happy Hearts Fund presented itself, I knew it would be a good fit. Plus, the mission to rebuild schools after natural disasters was an easy one to understand, communicate, and support.

Tell us about a typical day at the HHF office.
There really isn’t a “typical” day at HHF, but I will say that on most days there is a lot of collaborative thinking and problem solving that takes place. That’s one of the benefits of having the majority of staff working in close proximity to one another. There is also a lot of good natured humor.

What goes on in your life outside of Happy Hearts Fund?
My partner David and I have been together nearly 18 years. We own a home in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, and two amazing pugs, a 10-year-old boy named Noodle and a 6-month-old girl named Monkey. I love those kids!!

Where do you like to spend your time in New York?
You’ll often find me in Soho, because I love to shop. I love fashion, and get so much inspiration from the luxury labels. Even when I run out of money I can entertain myself for hours looking at the window displays. It all gives me life!

How do you see HHF growing in the next 5 years?
I would love to see the corporate and foundation giving program really take off, since it’s the area I am dedicated to growing. But I also think there is tremendous opportunity to experiment with nontraditional methods of fundraising as well. The beauty of HHF is that we’re small enough to adapt as needed, without levels of bureaucracy to hinder our creativity.

Tell us something we don’t know about you.
I turn 39 this month. That must come as a shock since I look like I’m in my mid-20s… Right??

Donut or croissant?
Donut!!! I’m a sugar addict!