Philanthropy Forward '17

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Philanthropy Forward '17 Conference Resources

The Westin Cleveland Downtown
777 Saint Clair Ave NE
Cleveland, OH 44114


Thought leaders keynote Philanthropy Forward '17

Phil Buchanan
Center for Effective Philanthropy
Leading Effective Organizations in Complex, Changing Times

Phil Buchanan, president of The Center for Effective Philanthropy (CEP), is a passionate advocate for the importance of philanthropy and the nonprofit sector and deeply committed to the cause of helping foundations to maximize their impact. Phil has led the growth of CEP into the leading provider of data and insight on foundation effectiveness.



Dr. Eddie S. Glaude, Jr.
Princeton University
The Value Gap: A Challenge to Equity

Dr. Eddie S. Glaude Jr. is the William S. Tod Professor of Religion and African American Studies and Chair, Center for African American Studies at Princeton University. His most well-known books, Democracy in Black: How Race Still Enslaves the American Soul and In a Shade of Blue: Pragmatism and the Politics of Black America, take a wide look at black communities and reveal complexities, vulnerabilities and opportunities for hope.


Trista Harris
Minnesota Council on Foundations
The Future of Philanthropy

Trista Harris is president of the Minnesota Council on Foundations, a vibrant community of grantmakers who award almost $1 billion annually. As a futurist, Trista represents the leading edge of a new age of philanthropy and gives insight into a philanthropic revolution that will help strengthen the social sector.



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Special thanks to the conference leadership and planning committees

Honorary Co-Chairs

David Abbott, Executive Director, The George Gund Foundation
Margot James Copeland, Chair and CEO, KeyBank Foundation
Ronn Richard, President and CEO, The Cleveland Foundation

Host Committee

Holley Fowler Martens, Trustee, The Char and Chuck Fowler Family Foundation (Chair)
August “Augie” Napoli, President and CEO, United Way of Greater Cleveland
Richard Pogue, Chairman, Kulas Foundation

Planning Committee

Kathleen Lis Dean, Ph.D., Senior Director for Evaluation, Outcomes, and Learning, Saint Luke's Foundation
Brady Groves, President, Richland County Foundation
Connie Hawk, Director, Licking County Foundation
Treye Johnson, Program Officer, Burton D. Morgan Foundation
Anthony Richardson, Program Officer, The Nord Family Foundation
Joan Szczepanik, Program Officer, Nordson Corporation Foundation
Teleange’ Thomas, Director, Foundation Center Midwest