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Jason Torreano

at Inkululeko

Skills:

Brand Strategy, Communications/Public Relations, Fundraising/Grant Writing, Marketing/Advertising, Mentorship, Writing/Editing

About me:

I serve as Founder and Executive Director of Inkululeko in South Africa.

I consider myself a (still learning) social entrepreneur, grant writer and fundraiser.  Originally from Lockport, New York (outside of Buffalo, NY), I received an undergraduate degree in journalism and worked in TV newsrooms across the country as an anchor and reporter before pursuing a career in the non-profit sector.

I spent several years in Grahamstown, South Africa volunteering at a school for street children. In 2011, I founded Inkululeko, an organization that serves motivated South African township youth with finishing high school and moving onto university.

In my role at Inkululeko, I developed mutually beneficial collaborations with entities around the world and created a fee-for-service model with U.S. institutions to assist with sustainability.  I have worked in a number of development roles at several NGOs in upstate NY. I've secured foundation grants, organized fundraising initatives and I enjoy connecting potential donors to the mission and vision of an organization. 

I hold a BS from SUNY Brockport and an MA focused on Non-Profit Management and International Development from SUNY Empire State College.

I'm a huge fan of social entrepreneurship, passionate people, my dog Adelaide (named after a small South African town in the Eastern Cape Province) and running long distances, slowly.  

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