AFP Webinar: Diversity in Philanthropy

July 24, 2019 | 1:00 p.m. Eastern Time | Online

The Future of Philanthropy and Why Diversity Matters


The IUPUI Lilly Family School of Philanthropy released a new report called Women Give 2019: Gender and Giving Across Communities of Color. This report examines the giving patterns, priorities, and attitudes of America’s wealthiest households and, in particular, explores the intersection of race, gender and giving. In 2019, The Alford Group celebrates its 20th consecutive year as AFP’s diversity sponsor and partner. On this webinar, we spoke to the new report and contexted it with our history and first-hand knowledge/experience on this topic.

Moderator:

  • Brenda B. Asare, President and CEO, The Alford Group

Panelists:

  • Lilliane Ballesteros, Interim Executive Director, Latino Community Fund
  • Janelle Choi, Program Officer, Marguerite Casey Foundation
  • Stephanie Ellis-Smith, Founder & Principal, Phila Engaged Giving

As Good as It Gives: America’s Philanthropy Today

Giving USA 2019 presentation and a celebration of The Alford Group’s 40 years of impact

We loved co-hosting this event with William Blair, a wonderful celebration of The Alford Group’s 40 years of impact.

Bringing together philanthropists and experts from all sectors, we presented the latest insights and trends around philanthropy in America based on the data in the newly released Giving USA 2019 report. We then heard from our expert panel on how to differentiate your organization and best articulate your philanthropic value proposition, followed by a robust Q&A session with the audience. We ended the day with a happy hour celebration of The Alford Group’s 40th anniversary.

Key Speakers:

  • Brenda B. Asare, President and CEO of The Alford Group will moderate the event
  • Jamie Phillippe, CFRE, Vice President and Sharon Tiknis, Executive Vice President of The Alford Group will share perspectives on what is behind and beyond the Giving USA 2019 report findings
  • Laura Coy, Director of Philanthropy Strategy and Community Engagement with William Blair will moderate the panel

Panelists:

  • Daniel O. Ash, Associate Vice President, Community Impact, The Chicago Community Trust
  • Cate A. Fox, Senior Program Officer, MacArthur Foundation
  • Jill Zimmerman, Vice President of Development, Greater Chicago Food Depository

AFP Chicago Education Breakfast

June 14 | Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University
Chicago, IL

We loved sponsoring this year’s AFP Chicago Education Breakfast!


Professional education and networking go hand-in-hand at AFP Chicago’s breakfast workshop series.  Several times per year, AFP Chicago brings together thought-leaders who share their expertise and insights on some of the most pressing issues facing fundraising professionals today.

The topic for June’s Breakfast Workshop is the Ethics and Economics of Diversity.

Racial Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion – What’s Going On?

June 13 | Forefront | Chicago, IL

The Alford Group was proud to present at the Philanthropy Club of Chicago’s program: Racial Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion-What’s Going On?


Racial Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion – What’s Going On?

 

If you look at many of the issues that philanthropy addresses – from education to health care to housing to mass incarceration – you’re likely to see great disparities along racial and ethnic lines. These have existed for decades, and in many cases the gaps are growing. Curious to know what you can do about it within your own organization?

This program will ask – and try to answer – a number of difficult and enduring questions: Why aren’t more foundations including racial equity, diversity and inclusion in their mission statements and strategic plans? What do these terms mean among stakeholders in the philanthropic community? What are some challenges you’ve encountered while attempting to advance equity, pursue diversity, and foster inclusion at your organization? How have these ideals affected your career path? What is the impact of racial inequity in nonprofits and foundations? How does the lack of engagement of diverse donors impact the bottom line?

Our presenters will be:

  • Brenda Asare, President & CEO, The Alford Group, assumed her role in February 2014. Since then, she has helped clients in taking their organizations to the next level by building their capacity, strengthening their boards, creating donor-centered relationships, and elevating the culture of generosity to support bold visions to affect communities in more meaningful ways. She has partnered with clients to raise over $2 billion to create game-changing results to fuel their visions.
  • Roberto Requejo, Program Director, Elevated Chicago, is a diversity, inclusion and equity leader and practitioner, as well as an urban planner specialized in community development and affordable housing. Since April 2017, Roberto has developed the coalition’s foundational work culture, values and governance; coordinated its strategies and workplan for equitable Transit Oriented Development (eTOD); mobilized resources and investments; and developed processes to ensure racial equity and inclusion in grantmaking, capital investment, systems change, knowledge sharing, and community engagement in support of a $150M+ pipeline of capital projects near transit.
  • Claude Robinson, Executive Vice President for External Affairs and Diversity, UCAN, specializes in the personal development, education and motivation of youth, children and families. A staunch advocate for youth, Claude continually challenges adults to examine their perspectives and diligently strives to build positive youth and adult partnerships.

LeadingAge Washington 2019 Conference

June 9-12 | Semiahmoo Resort
Blaine, WA

Karen Rotko-Wynn, CFRE, Executive Vice President and West Division Manager had a blast as a guest speaker at this year’s conference.


What if we were more passionate?
What if we embraced new Ideas without any reservations?
What if we freely considered different perspectives?
What if we empowered our teams to take more strategic risks?
What if we could achieve more with new partners?
What if we had the confidence to step outside the box, out of our lane and beyond our comfort zone?
What if we dreamed without limits?
What if we focused on our missions instead of our tasks?
What if we helped people find passion and purpose?
What if we made life better for older people, our staffs, our communities, and our STATE?

AFP Advancement Northwest Forum on Strategic Fundraising 2019

June 6-7, 2019 | Meydenbauer Convention Center | Bellevue, WA

 

Question of the Day! The Alford Group Booth

Each day of the conference, we posed a key question to the audience at our booth. Meant to get your gears turning, there was no right or wrong answer. Fundraising leaders from around the region stopped by to cast their vote for: “Restricted or Unrestricted?” and “Stories or stats?” At the end of the conference, we tallied the votes, compiled all of your comments, and are sharing it here with you!

Download: Question of the Day Results

 


The Future of Philanthropy: The Intersection of race, gender and giving

Thursday, June 6, 2019 | 11:00 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.

The demographics of our nation are becoming more and more diverse. As a sector, we must crack the code to diversifying the philanthropic donor base. The IUPUI Lilly Family School of Philanthropy released a new report called Women Give 2019: Gender and Giving Across Communities of Color. This study examines the giving patterns, priorities, and attitudes of America’s wealthiest households and, in particular, explores the intersection of race, gender and giving. Brenda B. Asare  walked us through the latest findings from the report and our expert panelists discussed what it means for the future of philanthropy.

Moderator:

  • Brenda B. Asare, President and CEO, The Alford Group

Panelists:

  • Lilliane Ballesteros, Interim Executive Director, Latino Community Fund
  • Janelle Choi, Program Officer, Marguerite Casey Foundation
  • Stephanie Ellis-Smith, Founder & Principal, Phila Engaged Giving

Download the presentation slides: WomenGive2019AFPNorthwest_Final


The Alford Group is Inducted into the AFP President’s Circle

The Alford Group was inducted into the AFP Advancement Northwest President’s Circle at this year’s conference. We are so proud to have supported the chapter every year since 2006 (13 years) and look forward to continuing to work together in the future!

 

Watch Karen Rotko-Wynn’s acceptance speech

AdNet 2019 Conference

New Orleans, LA | April 7-10, 2019

We had a blast sponsoring this year’s AdNet conference in New Orleans! Download our session’s slides below.

New Megadonor Archetypes – A study of the donors from the Giving Pledge

Presenters:

  • Jamie Phillippe, CFRE, Vice President, The Alford Group
  • Sharon Tiknis, Executive Vice President, The Alford Group

High net worth individuals are growing in number and are increasingly in the public eye. Some are inclined to give, and their support can make a transformational difference. But how do they approach these decisions? And what might all donors see in the examples set by these high-profile, high-impact donors? New research by Lipman Hearne analyzes the first-person statements of 150+ billionaire households taking part in the Giving Pledge since 2010. We’ll share the key take-aways, including profiles of five new Megadonor Archetypes, and discuss the implications of this research and what it means for growing philanthropy.

Download Slides: Megadonor Archetypes – The Alford Group

AFP International Conference 2019

San Antonio, TX | March 31-April 2, 2019

The Alford Group was the AFP ICON diversity sponsor and is celebrating 20 years hosting the Diversity Art Showcase and Diversity Workshop. Thanks for joining us at AFP ICON 2019 to view the winning artwork, attend our diversity workshop, and cast your vote at booth #542!


Question of the Day! BoothQuestion of the Day! Booth #542

Each day of the conference we had a new question for you to weigh in on. Restricted or Unrestricted? Stories or stats? Direct Mail or E-Mail? We tallied the votes, compiled all of your reasons behind your vote, and are sharing it with everyone for inspiration.

Download:

Question of the Day Results – AFP ICON 2019


Diversity Art Showcase

Every year The Alford Group sponsors a youth art contest at a school or nonprofit organization local to the conference location.  This year, we partnered with the local San Antonio nonprofit Say Si. The finalists and winners are invited to the conference where they accept their awards on-stage during a plenary session. This year’s winners are:

Congratulations to the winners!
Congratulations to the winners!
  • First Place: Amar Paz, Fountain of Youth
  • Second Place: Maya Diaz, Color of SA
  • Third Place: Joshua Cortez, Driftwood

Diversity Workshop

Each year, The Alford Group sponsors a diversity workshop for AFP ICON attendees to learn more about diversity in fundraising. This year’s session was as follows:

Microaggressions: A Major Hindrance to Effective Fundraising

Took place Sunday, March 31 from 9:00 AM – 10:15 AM

Diversity, equity, and inclusion are core values throughout all aspects of our work. What are microaggressions and how do they keep development professionals from raising much-needed dollars to drive organizational impact?

Speaker: Tanya Odom, Global Consultant

Biography
Tanya M. Odom is a global consultant, coach, facilitator, teacher, writer, and thought leader. She has worked globally in over 30 countries as a consultant and facilitator for over two decades focusing on areas including: Diversity and Inclusion, Educational Equity, Mindfulness, Coaching, Inclusive leadership, Girls’ Leadership Development, Mindfulness and Diversity and Inclusion, and Youth Empowerment/mentoring. Tanya’s unique portfolio career has allowed her to work in the education, private sector/corporate, not-for-profit/NGO, law enforcement, and university/college arenas.