Attracting “Mega” Philanthropy, A Three-Part Virtual Conversation Series
VIRTUAL CONVERSATIONS ON ATTRACTING MEGA-GIFTS & INCREASING IMPACT, A THREE-PART SERIES
In the aftermath of any disaster, tragedy, or trauma, philanthropy has proven time and again to be a critical catalyst for recovery and change. In today’s historic circumstances, philanthropy is again stepping up to support both emergency services and long-term, systemic change.
Among those stepping up are a small, yet extraordinarily impactful, group of mega-philanthropists. These individuals make gifts so sizable that they are changing the trajectory of organizations for years to come. Organizations interested in rising to the moment should be asking themselves: “how can we attract these mega-gifts, scale our efforts, and exponentially increase our impact?”
To help answer these questions, we have convened a group of prominent nonprofit leaders and influential philanthropists as part of a 3-part webinar series to explore what is required to attract and secure these mega-gifts, and the motivators behind mega-giving today.
PART 1: “Necessities for Attracting and Securing Mega-Gifts”
Wednesday, October 28, 2020 | 2:00 PM EDT | Free Webinar
More so than ever before, we are all watching in awe as the world’s mega-philanthropists are making bold investments in impactful nonprofits. The increasing trend of donors making larger gifts to fewer organizations has left many of us scratching our heads, wondering how our organizations can be the recipient of one of these out-sized philanthropic investments.
To address this question, we will be joined by featured speakers, Mindee Barham, Vice President of Development at Grameen America, and Chuck Harris, Chief Development Officer at Blue Meridian Partners, to explore the unique attributes that make an organization “ready” to receive these mega-gifts, and the differing strategies that make attracting contributions of this magnitude possible.
Since its inception in 2017, Blue Meridian has pooled over $2B in philanthropy, predominantly comprised of 8-figure gifts. Grameen America, launched in 2008, has dispersed nearly $2B in micro-loans in their history, and as part of their current $300M campaign has received numerous 7- and 8-figure gifts. Orr Group Managing Director, Craig Shelley, CFRE will host the conversation.
PART 2: “Lessons Learned: Mega-Giving in the Moment”
Monday, November 9, 2020 | 1:00 PM EDT | Free Webinar
Over the past several months, there has been a dramatic shift in funding for nonprofits focusing on racial equity. Between old donors stepping up and new donors stepping in, many organizations have seen an influx of donations, including some from mega-philanthropists.
To explore this dramatic shift in funding, we will be joined by Cheryl Dorsey, President at Echoing Green, to discuss what it takes to attract, solicit, and manage an influx of donations and mega-gifts in the moment. Cheryl will also explore the barriers to capital and mega-philanthropy that many organizations led by people of color face. The conversation will be hosted by Orr Group Vice President, CJ Orr.
PART 3: “The Philosophy and Actions of Mega-Philanthropist, David Rubenstein”
Tuesday, November 17, 2020 | 1:00 PM EDT | Free Webinar
Often, very high-net-worth donors take a sophisticated and strategic approach to their philanthropic giving. These donors tend not to act on emotion. So, what is motivating donors to be extraordinarily generous right now? We’ll look to better understand these motivations by talking to one of the country’s most generous philanthropists, David Rubenstein, Co-Founder and Co-Executive Chairman of The Carlyle Group.
In this exclusive conversation, Mr. Rubenstein will be joined by Orr Group Managing Partner and Co-Founder, Stephen K. Orr to explore the key motivators behind major contributions. Mr. Rubenstein, an original signatory of the Giving Pledge, is Chairman of the Boards of Trustees of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts and the Council on Foreign Relations; a Fellow of the Harvard Corporation; a Regent of the Smithsonian Institution; a Trustee of the National Gallery of Art, the University of Chicago, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, Johns Hopkins Medicine, the Institute for Advanced Study, the National Constitution Center, the Brookings Institution, and the World Economic Forum; a Director of the Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences; and President of the Economic Club of Washington. Mr. Rubenstein is a significant donor to all of the above-mentioned nonprofit organizations, in addition to countless others, and is a recipient of the Carnegie Medal of Philanthropy and the MoMA’s David Rockefeller Award, among other philanthropic awards.