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Women in Philanthropy to Host ‘Growing Philanthropy’ Conference

SPRINGFIELD — Women in Philanthropy will host its biennial “Growing Philanthropy” conference on Thursday, March 17 at the Springfield Marriott.

Internationally acclaimed speaker Dan Pallotta, author of Uncharitable: How Restraints on Nonprofits Undermine Their Potential and Charity Case: How the Nonprofit Community Can Stand Up for Itself and Really Change the World is the keynote speaker for the event. During his address, Pallotta will take a deeper dive into the topics mentioned in his 2013 TED Talk. He will encourage attendees to consider the disparities between nonprofit organizations and for-profit companies in the way they spend funds on compensation, capital, and advertising, as well as how the two invest in their futures and experiment with new ideas.

Morning keynote speaker Dr. K. Shelette Stewart is a Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Program specialist and author of the book Revelations in Business: Connecting Your Business Plan with God’s Purpose and Plan for Your Life. She has more than 20 years of leadership experience in strategic business planning, marketing, and national account sales with Fortune 500 companies including Coca-Cola and BellSouth/AT&T. Her presentation will offer spiritual principles, practical tools, and real-life examples from today’s industry leaders to help attendees connect profession with purpose and maximize personal fulfillment and professional success.

In addition to these keynote speakers, “Growing Philanthropy” boasts breakout sessions that will round out a full day of new tactics, best practices, and networking with philanthropic peers and leaders. Topics will include annual fund, donor relations, planned giving, boards and volunteers, storytelling, stewardship, successful special events, and more, and will feature leading experts in philanthropy, including Susan Alston, Sarah Nathan, Sam Samuels, A. Rima Dael, Maeve Strathy, Jeff LaValley, Ayda Sanver, and Alfonso Santaniello. For speaker bios and detailed information on each session, visit www.wipwm.org.

Conference registration is open until March 14. Visit www.wipwm.org to learn more and register. If you have general questions about the conference, e-mail [email protected].

“Growing Philanthropy” is sponsored by WGBY, the Community Foundation of Western Massachusetts, Andrew Associates, Five Maples Development Communications, PeoplesBank, Rainmaker Consulting, United Way of Pioneer Valley Women’s Leadership Council, and the Women’s Fund of Western Massachusetts.

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