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Stepping Into a New Decade of Philanthropy

In the current economic climate, fundraisers, allied professionals and donors alike have had to change the conversations about philanthropy.  Whether it is the rise in social media, a shift to outcome-driven gifts, the varying attitudes towards philanthropy across generations, the fact is that philanthropy is very different today than it was 10 years ago.  To that end, this year’s Emerging Philanthropy Conference  scheduled for Wednesday, April 27 and Thursday, April 28 at The Hilton Garden Inn Pittsburgh at Southpointe is titled, “Step-Up:  A New Decade of Philanthropy.” 

Conference speakers Alice Ferris, MBA, CFRE, ACFRE and Chris Yates, Esq., will focus on the new face of philanthropy in their keynote presentations.  Ms. Ferris’ Wednesday morning plenary session titled, “Surfing the Next Wave of Philanthropy” will explore today’s philanthropic landscape including the largest span of generations in recent history–from the Millennial Generation to the Greatest Generation, key motivations for these donor groups and effective methods for engaging new philanthropists. 

Mr. Yates’ keynote address on Thursday, April 28 is titled “Minding Your Emotional Quotients: What Really Counts When it Comes to Success in Gift Planning.”  Yates will share observations on emotional intelligence and the critical role it plays for those who achieve success and career satisfaction in the field of gift planning and charitable fund raising. 

The Emerging Philanthropy Conference  attracts a mix of attendees including non-profit managers, fundraising professionals, allied professionals, and students on all levels from new professional to senior professional.  To learn more about this year’s conference, visit     

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