First Things Foundation Hires Director of Organizational Growth

Jo Ann Blackwell FTF is proud to introduce our full-time Director of Organizational Growth

Jo Ann Miksa-Blackwell is FTF’s Director of Organizational Growth and newest addition to the team. She is a deeply inspired creative individual with a contagious enthusiasm for social entrepreneurship. Jo Ann’s extensive experience in non-profit organizational development, grant writing, fundraising, communication, marketing, community development, and micro-lending are all dedicated to helping communities in poverty improve their quality of life through entrepreneurship. She has personally trained thousands of entrepreneurs and business owners by providing planning tools needed to navigate through marketing, financial forecasting and cash flow projections. Her most recent non-profit experience includes Mountain BizWorks/BizCapital (CDFI), USDA Beginning Farmer Rancher Program and the Charleston Metro Chamber of Commerce. Educational accomplishments consist of a Bachelor of Science Business Administration (BSBA) and a Masters of Entrepreneurship (MA), from Western Carolina University.

FTF is growing. Seeds of beauty are sprouting under a gentle sun. What true joy it is to dedicate ourselves to becoming assets for the forgotten poor. From Reilly and Andrew down in the barrio to those of us chasing donations; we bow down before you and thank you for your interest, your support and your prayers. Little by little! Doni doni! Poco a poco!