It’s that time of year for the Sanford Institute of Philanthropy at John F. Kennedy University to convene its Annual Philanthropy Summit. This is your chance to engage your peers in the local nonprofit and giving community on the big questions currently facing the sector. This year’s theme is Philanthropy at a Crossroads: Developing Authentic Donor Engagement and Shaping a Healthier Nonprofit.

“Philanthropy is at a crossroads with many forces at play that are challenging and pushing us to reimagine what it can be in the 21st century,” says Solomon Belette, Director of the Sanford Institute of Philanthropy at JFKU. “Our keynote speaker Phil Buchanan and other notable leaders and writers are asking challenging questions such as whether philanthropy is doing enough.” Join us to tackle these questions together and to gain new insights into ways of reinvigorating your relationships with donors, who are vital to nonprofit success.

Which way is the nonprofit sector going? What does this mean for everyone involved in this work? How do organizations adapt, retool, and continue being effective without burning out? In the midst of all the changes currently facing the sector, afternoon keynote speaker Beth Kanter, author of The Happy Healthy Nonprofit, will discuss why self-care and wellbeing are essential for nonprofits.

Join us to hear from these esteemed keynote speakers, a panel of local experts, and of course, your peers in the local nonprofit and giving community. Breakfast and lunch will be served at this day-long event, and all participants will receive a complimentary copy of Phil Buchanan’s book, Giving Done Right: Effective Philanthropy and Making Every Dollar Count. We are grateful to Marathon Petroleum Services for sponsoring this event. RSVP today!

Date and Time

  • Tuesday, October 29, 2019
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  • Pleasant Hill Community Center
  • 320 Civic Drive
    Pleasant Hill, CA 94523
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Phil Buchanan

Phil Buchanan

Phil Buchanan, president of the Center for Effective Philanthropy (CEP), is a passionate advocate for the importance of philanthropy and the nonprofit sector and deeply committed to the cause of helping foundations and individual donors to maximize their impact. Hired in 2001 as the organization’s first chief executive, Phil has led the growth of CEP into the leading provider of data and insight on philanthropic effectiveness. CEP has been widely credited with bringing the voices of stakeholders to funders and with contributing to an increased emphasis on key elements of effectiveness.

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Phil is author of Giving Done Right: Effective Philanthropy and Making Every Dollar Count, released in the spring of 2019. He is co-author of many CEP research reports, a columnist for The Chronicle of Philanthropy, and a frequent blogger for the CEP Blog. Phil is also co-founder of YouthTruth, an initiative of CEP’s designed to harness student perceptions to help educators and funders accelerate improvements in K–12 schools and classrooms. In 2016, he was named the Nonprofit Times “influencer of the year.” Phil serves on the board of directors of Philanthropy Massachusetts.

Beth Kanter

Beth Kanter

Beth Kanter is a well-established international nonprofit thought leader. Her first book “The Networked Nonprofit,” introduced the sector to a new way of thinking and operating in a connected world. Her second book, “Measuring the Networked Nonprofit,” is a practical guide for using measurement and learning to achieve social impact. She published her third book “Happy, Healthy Nonprofit: Strategies for Impact without Burnout” in 2016. She is the author of Beth’s Blog where she writes about networks, data, learning, training, facilitation techniques, nonprofit organizational culture and self-care for nonprofit professionals. Her blog is one of the longest running
and most popular nonprofit blogs.

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Beth has over 35 years working in the nonprofit sector in technology, training, and capacity building and has facilitated trainings for nonprofits on every continent in the world (except Antarctica). She is experienced in participatory facilitation techniques such as design thinking, open space, peer learning, and more. She has over twenty years of experience facilitating online and virtual meetings. She is an in-demand keynote speaker and workshop leader at conferences around the Globe. Named one of the most influential women in technology by Fast Company and one of the BusinessWeek’s “Voices of Innovation for Social Media,” Beth was Visiting Scholar at
the David and Lucile Packard Foundation 2009-2013.

Her past and current clients include Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Kauffman Foundation, Gates Foundation, Brainerd Foundation, Knight Foundation, Knight Digital Media Center, Edutopia, HHS, and others. She on the board of NTEN and Leadership Learning Community.