A Different Take on Philanthropy


Sweet note from a reader this week:

“I wanted to let you know that a couple of my colleagues were at the N.C. Center for Nonprofits Conference last week and said they REALLY enjoyed your speech! One said it broadened their perspective on philanthropy and provided a take on philanthropy that doesn’t get told enough. I could not have been happier to hear that! When they found out we had a copy of the book, they were in the conference room checking it out. I thought I would share a piece, although a small example, of the impact of your work. P.S. …I was utterly and totally envious of the church fan takeaways they came back with…feeling jealous (smile)”

Philanthropy For and By The People

Presenting a richer picture of how generosity builds community by reframing portraits of philanthropy is my passion.

VF at NC Nonprofits ConfOn September 19, I experienced the joy of delivering the keynote message to more than 600 people at the North Carolina Center for Nonprofits Statewide Conference in Concord. To my delight, the audience responded with a standing ovation. Here’s a Storify recap of the event.

VF at NC Nonprofit Conference Sep 2013Titled Philanthropy For and By The People, my talk celebrated the line of sight and the assets that everyday people, deep within communities, can bring to the field of philanthropy. Bringing about change in today’s world requires shifts in perspective and in thinking and approach. While writing Giving Back and engaging diverse audiences, I gained potent lessons from unsung yet generous donors who are democratizing giving and enlivening the soul of philanthropy. There’s value in including a wider slice of society as benefactors of the nonprofit sector.