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JOSHUA DONNER

Executive Director

Josh has extensive experience in the non-profit and philanthropic sectors.


As Executive Director of the Shapira Foundation, he works closely with the Foundation Chair and President to develop and advance philanthropic investments that leverage their extended philanthropic and civic interests and entrepreneurial approach to achieving impact.  In addition to overseeing a multi-million dollar grantmaking portfolio, Josh has been integral in the conception, launch, and scaling of a number of Foundation-led initiatives, including Hillel International’s Comprehensive Excellence program, The Springboard Fellowship, and Onward Israel.


Prior to this role, Josh served as Planning Director at the Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh. At the Federation, he was responsible for implementing and overseeing Federation’s distribution of more than $20m each year to support community priorities. Josh was instrumental in restructuring how Federation works with beneficiary agencies, updating the organization’s grantmaking policies and processes, and advancing a number of key community initiatives. Josh was also directly responsible for Federation’s Jewish Learning and Community life agenda, working with community volunteers and agency staff to articulate a vision for an integrated service system, define desired community outcomes, identify unmet community needs, and seek new resources for innovative programs.


Josh holds Master’s Degrees in Public Policy from Heinz College at Carnegie Mellon University and Jewish Professional Studies from The Spertus Institute for Jewish Learning and Leadership, and a bachelor's degree in Social and Decision Sciences from the Dietrich School at Carnegie Mellon University. He currently serves as Chair of JPRO Pittsburgh, board member of Alumni Theater Company, and is a member of the Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh scorecard committee. Past board roles include Joshua Venture Group, Grantmakers of Western Pennsylvania and Temple Sinai. He lives in the Squirrel Hill neighborhood of Pittsburgh with his wife and two sons.