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Zachary Hoskins

Hometown: Williamston, MI

Pronouns: he/him/his

Zach entered the fundraising profession out of a desire to use his writing and critical analysis skills to affect positive, progressive social change. Since joining Elevate in 2018, he has supported local and national clients working in issue areas, including K-12 education, college access and persistence, youth organizing, and social services. His past clients range from nonprofits just launching their grants programs to established organizations seeking to grow their funding portfolios, with budgets from less than $1 million to almost $20 million.

His pre-Elevate nonprofit experience includes two years at the American Jazz Museum in Kansas City, Missouri, where he helped curate one of the largest existing collections of jazz performances on film.

A native of Southeast Michigan, Zach holds an MA in Media Arts from the University of Arizona. He has BA’s in both Film and Video Studies and Creative Writing and Literature from the University of Michigan, where he graduated with High Honors. Outside of his day job, Zach enjoys reading, record collecting, writing and podcasting about popular music, and playing video games with his son.

What is your hidden talent?

I haven't played since college, but I used to be a pretty good drummer.

What punctuation mark would you be and why?

The semi-colon; it's academic and can be frivolous, but lends itself to expressing complex thoughts.

What is your grammatical pet peeve?

Using "it's" rather than "its." This is especially annoying when it's my phone's Autocorrect making the mistake.

What is your favorite way to spend a Sunday afternoon?

Listening to records on the couch, playing video games on the couch...pretty much anything involving a couch.

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