Giving USA 2021: Reviewing Philanthropy in the Year 2020

Free Virtual Event | Online | July 13, 2021 | 12:00 p.m.EST

The Community Foundation for Palm Beach and Martin Counties and The Alford Group presented the just-released Giving USA 2021 report looking back at philanthropy for the year 2020. A panel of community leaders spoke on how the philanthropic landscape has and will continue to change since COVID-19. We discussed how the upheaval of daily life has impacted the philanthropic space.

This free webinar was approved for 1.5 points toward CFRE certification.

PRESENTER:

Sharon Tiknis, Chief Client Experience Officer, The Alford Group

MODERATOR:

Vicki Pugh, CFRE, CAP, Vice President for Philanthropic Giving, Community Foundation for Palm Beach and Martin Counties

PANELISTS:

Danita D. Nias, President & CEO, Community Foundation for Palm Beach and Martin Counties

Patrick McNamara, President & CEO, Palm Health Foundation

Sabeen Perwaiz, Executive Director, Florida Nonprofit Alliance

Cathy Brown, Associate Director, The Fund Raising School at the Indiana University – Lilly Family School of Philanthropy

Giving USA 2021 and Today’s New Normal

Free Webinar | Online | July 13, 2021 | 1:00 p.m.EDT

This past year has been like no other. The events of 2020 will forever change the social sector and philanthropy.

On Tuesday, July 13 The Alford Group presented the recently-released Giving USA report looking back at 2020 giving, which will inform our look forward. How has COVID-19 impacted giving? Are funders changing priorities based on current events? We discussed these questions and more during our time together.

Key Takeaways:

  • Understanding of the data and trends around giving in America in 2020
  • Information on how COVID-19 impacted giving last year
  • Tips for how to apply this research to your organization’s strategy and approach

Giving USA Report Details

First published in 1956, Giving USA: The Annual Report on Philanthropy is the longest running, most comprehensive report on philanthropy in the United States. It is researched and written by the Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy. The Giving USA 2021 report will be released June 15th by The Giving Institute. The Alford Group is a longtime supporter of Giving USA and member of The Giving Institute.

Giving USA 2021: Looking back to look forward

How things have changed a year later in the Pacific Northwest

Free Webinar | Online | July 14, 2021 | 9:00 a.m. PT

Following a presentation of the new Giving USA data outlining 2020 results, a panel of experts revisited where they were this time last year and what has changed. The discussion included how COVID has changed fundraising; how this data and information will impact fundraising going forward; how the social unrest this past year has impacted philanthropy; and what are the lasting trends that viewers should be prepared for.

Giving USA Report Details:

First published in 1956, Giving USA: The Annual Report on Philanthropy is the longest running, most comprehensive report on philanthropy in the United States. It is researched and written by the Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy and released by The Giving Institute.

GIVING USA REPORT PRESENTER: Karen Rotko-Wynn, CFRE, Chief Business Enterprise Officer, The Alford Group

MODERATOR: Brenda B. Asare, President and CEO, The Alford Group

PANELISTS:

  • Robin Callahan, CFRE, Vice President of Philanthropic Services, Greater Tacoma Community Foundation
  • Elena Fracchia, CWS, AVP, Wealth and Philanthropic Advisor, Columbia Bank
  • Bernadine (Bernie) C. Griffin, Managing Director, The Fifth Avenue Theatre
  • Asa Tate, Chief Development Officer, Wellspring Family Services

Latest Trends in Charitable Giving – Giving USA 2021

Led by the Planned Giving Round Table of Northern Nevada (PGRT) and the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) Sierra Chapter

Virtual Speaker Program | Online | July 27, 2021 | 11:45 a.m.PT

This past year has been like no other. The events of 2020 will forever change the social sector and philanthropy. During this program, The Alford Group will present the recently-released Giving USA report looking back at 2020 giving, which will inform our look forward. How has COVID-19 impacted giving? Are funders changing priorities based on current events? We will discuss these questions and more during our time together.

Key takeaways from this session include:

1) An understanding of the data and trends around giving in America in 2020;

2) Information on how COVID-19 impacted giving last year;

3) Ideas and tips for how to apply this research to your organization’s strategy and approach for working with donors and clients.

For more information and to register, email inquiries@pgnv.org.

SPEAKER:

Karen Rotko-Wynn, CFRE, Chief Business Enterprise Officer, The Alford Group

Nonprofit Development Now Panel Discussion

Nonprofit Development Now: Senior Philanthropic Leaders Provide Advice for Fundraising in the Current Climate | Open to the Public

Thursday, March 11, 2021, 9:00 am – 10:00 am CT

Event Registration

Join the Executive Service Corps (ESC) for their Nonprofit Development Now Panel Discussion.

Hear leaders in the nonprofit community share their practical advice for fundraising.

Moderator & ESC Board Member: Upneet Teji, Business Services Group, Greensfelder, Hemker & Gale, P.C. & ESC Board Member

Panelists Include:

  • Alicia Gonzalez, Executive Director, Cubs Charities, at Chicago Cubs
  • Brenda Asare, President & CEO, The Alford Group
  • Gillian Darlow, Chief Executive Officer, Polk Bros. Foundation
  • Rachelle Jervis, President & CEO, Executive Service Corps (ESC)
  • Sean Garrett, President & CEO, United Way of Metro Chicago
  • Shawn Jeffers, Executive Director, Little City Foundation
  • Shelley A. Davis, CEO, Coleman Foundation

Giving USA Foundation Webinar: The Donor Advised Fund Research Landscape

Thursday, February 4, 2021 | 11:00am CT / 12:00pm ET | Online

Description
As donor-advised funds continue to grow in prominence, advisors, donors, and policy makers will be faced with myriad choices. In this webinar, you’ll learn how researchers are collecting, interpreting, and sharing data to ensure that decisions are based on facts, not fear.
  • Host: Brenda Asare, The Alford Group
  • Presenter: Dr. Una Osili, Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy
  • Panelists: Laura MacDonald, CFRE, Benefactor Group (Facilitator); Kristin Carlson Vogen, Chicago Community Trust; Nico Karagosian, Ohio University; Amy Pirozzolo, Fidelity Charitable
  • Resource: Dr. Anna Pruitt, Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy

 

The Alford Group Applauds MacKenzie Scott for Transformational Gifts

December 17, 2020

MacKenzie Scott, billionaire, author and philanthropist, announced this week she had given nearly $4.2 billion to 384 organizations in the last four months.

STATEMENT FROM BRENDA B. ASARE, PRESIDENT & CEO, THE ALFORD GROUP

With deep gratitude, The Alford Group applauds MacKenzie Scott for her transformational philanthropy to many Alford Group clients and other worthy organizations. We know these well-deserved gifts will be put to work to fuel their trailblazing work. Ms. Scott noted her full trust in these proven management teams who demonstrate high-potential for impact. Congratulations to our clients for being recognized for the work they do everyday to make their communities better, more equitable, and places where people reach their potential and realize possibilities. The Alford Group is proud to be your partner as you accelerate and amplify your impact as a result of these extraordinary gifts.

Full list of recipients 

Elevate 2021 Conference

February 24-26, 2021 | Virtual

Creating an Equity-Forward Board Culture

As our nation grapples with racial inequality, the need for diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) in governance structures has become even more apparent. This session will illustrate how nonprofit boards benefit from DEI, can integrate DEI within their structures and systems, and equip board leaders with the tools to build or strengthen an equity-forward culture. Despite where your organization is at on its DEI journey, you will gain insights on how to approach governance for a better tomorrow.

Presenters:

  • Brenda B. Asare, President & CEO, The Alford Group
  • Amy Hines, Senior Vice President, The Alford Group

 

Tomorrow’s New Normal: 4 elements of an action-forward approach to planning

Thursday, October 22, 2020

Description:

The world has transformed in the last 6 months. A global pandemic, national social movements to create a just and fair society, environmental crisis after crisis – the list goes on. How do you plan for the future? What do you prioritize and what do you set aside? How do you anticipate what things will be like in the coming year? These are all good questions that no one has the exact answers to – but there is a lot we DO know. In this webinar, we will share with you 4 elements that every organization can use to strengthen its planning. A panel of experts discussed how they are using these 4 elements in leading their organizations through crisis response, scenario and/or strategic planning.

Moderators:

 

Alexis Cooke, Senior Consultant, The Alford Group

 

 

 

Jamie Phillippe, Vice President, The Alford Group

 

 

 

Panelists:

 

Felicia S. Davis, President and CEO, Chicago Foundation for Women

 

 

 

Darrin Goss, President and CEO, Coastal Community Foundation of South Carolina

 

 

 

Rachel Krinsky, Executive Director, LifeWire

 

 

 

 

Michele Stauff, CFRE, Executive Director, Million Dollar Round Table Foundation

 

 

How to Effectively Grow Revenue through Corporate Partnerships in the COVID Era

Free Webinar | Tuesday, September 22, 2020

Description

Some nonprofits wonder if they should pause their corporate outreach due to the impact of COVID-19 on companies. However, many companies are interested (and eager!) in maintaining their support of and visibility with nonprofits. Many companies are digging in to help with pandemic-related challenges and are looking for ways to get involved. We will spotlight The Alford Group’s recent corporate partnership work with Girl Scouts of Greater Chicago and Northwest Indiana. This webinar demonstrated why and how nonprofits can maintain AND grow a successful corporate partnership strategy during the pandemic.

LEARNING OBJECTIVES
• Reviewed a step-by-step and revamped sales and outreach process
• Examined how to build an ROI-driven value proposition: Shift from transactional, event-based sponsorship to partnerships that truly meet corporate objectives around initiatives like Social Responsibility and ESG Investing
• Determined the importance of collaborating with companies as part of the partnership creation process
• Explored virtual partnership and sponsorship benefits that truly drive ROI for companies