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Jeff Cain is the former CEO of CrossFit. Prior to his work at CrossFit, he co-founded American Philanthropic and worked as a leading executive in the nonprofit, educational, philanthropic, and development community.
Jeff is the author of Protecting Donor Intent: How to Define and Safeguard Your Philanthropic Principles (Philanthropy Roundtable, 2012) and co-author with Jeremy Beer of Forgotten Foundations of Fundraising: Practical Advice and Contrarian Wisdom for Nonprofit Leaders. He has written for or been cited by the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, the Chronicle of Philanthropy, Philanthropy magazine, the Washington Legal Foundation, and Front Porch Republic. Jeff has spoken on philanthropy-related topics at the Philanthropy Roundtable, the Bradley Center for Philanthropic Renewal at the Hudson Institute, and the State Policy Network, among other venues. He served as president of the Arthur N. Rupe Foundation in Santa Barbara, California, from 2009 to 2014.
Prior to his career in philanthropy and development, Jeff taught in the English department at Washington State University (where he received his M.A. and Ph.D. in English literature), founded a research nonprofit (the Columbia Public Interest Policy Institute), worked on various political campaigns in his native Washington State, and served honorably in the United States Marine Corps.