Dave Dowhaniuk

Philanthropy Solutions Consultant

Design & Facilitation

Key Results

Dave Dowhaniuk has 15 years of experience in design, beginning in more traditional visual effects; he followed his passion for efficient and usable systems to user experience, service, organizational, and strategic design fields. They have a specific lens for diversity, equity and inclusion, mostly with non-profits, foundations, and governments.

During his time at 567 Visual Effects, Dave realized his passion was for the technology, systems, and mentoring of new employees on their use rather than visual design. Dave followed this passion and completed an MSc in Digital Media from the University of Bremen, focusing on technology design with a social impact. 

Dave then began working at Overlap Associates. During this time he consulted with non-profits, foundations, government organizations, and the people they serve, facilitating strategic planning retreats, human-centred design professional development training, blueprinting current systems and designing new services. 

Dave then returned to his passion for technology and began working as a User Experience Designer at Plum.io.

They realized they were missing connecting with philanthropy organizations and using design to improve the work of foundations, non-profits, and government organizations. Dave comes to Grantbook with a passion for improving the lives of grantmakers, grantees, and the citizens they serve.

Notable Clients & Projects


  • Workshop facilitation
  • Conflict resolution
  • Championing diversity
  • Fostering teamwork
  • Translating qualitative research into actionable insights

Tech Tools

  • Adobe Suite
  • Service blueprinting and journey mapping
  • Axure RP

Training & Education

  • Master of Science, Digital Media, University of Bremen, 2014
  • Post-Graduate Studies, Digital Futures, OCAD University, 2011
  • Bachelors of Fine Arts, Integrated Media, OCAD University, 2006

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