Daniel Kaufman


Social entrepreneur. Constant questioner. Community builder. Sacramento evangelist. Committed taco connoisseur. Diehard Arsenal and Kings fan. Hide-and-seek dominator.


Daniel Kaufman (he/him) is co-founder of Third Plateau Social Impact Strategies. He has worked with a diverse array of clients, including large, national foundations, emerging social enterprises, pioneering nonprofit collaboratives, and impact-driven corporations. Daniel leads Third Plateau’s innovation initiative, an effort to think critically about and better serve the social sector in a rapidly changing landscape. Through this work, Daniel has developed an interest and commitment to design thinking and network building. He is a firm believer that people are the key to social change. Across all of his engagements, Daniel prioritizes listening to stories, building enduring relationships, and cultivating partnerships.

In 2006, Daniel co-founded the Giving Circles Fund (formerly the One Percent Foundation, an organization building a broad-based movement of next generation philanthropists (ages 18-39) by making giving accessible, engaging, and meaningful.  GCF operates the largest online giving circle in the country and has been featured in national publications including the Wall Street Journal, Fast Company, and the Huffington Post.

Daniel served as the Executive Director of the Giving Circles Fund from 2009-2012, managing and leading the organization’s long-term strategic growth efforts.  In this capacity, he developed substantial experience mobilizing grassroots communities, activating supporters through social media, and developing and implementing sustainable and scalable business strategies.  Daniel was instrumental in the design and rollout of GCF’s giving circle platform, a game-changing online tool that enables the proliferation of the giving circle model.

Prior to working for GCF, Daniel served as the General Counsel and Director of Governmental Affairs at Revolution Prep LLC, an educational services and products company.  In addition to his day-to-day legal duties, he worked with major foundations and education nonprofits to provide the company’s services to underserved student populations.  Daniel joined Revolution Prep after working in San Francisco as an associate at Heller Ehrman LLP, where he litigated numerous cases on behalf of the urban poor and immigrants and was actively involved in major impact civil rights litigation.  Formerly, Daniel worked as a Project Manager at the Interfaith Alliance in Washington, DC and as an Eisendrath Legislative Assistant at the Religious Action Center for Reform Judaism, covering issues including international aid, economic justice, access to quality education, civil rights, and election reform.

Daniel is a graduate of Stanford University and the UCLA School of Law.  He lives in Sacramento with his wife, Talia, and two children, Mia and Eli.