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Moving Past Fear: Imagining What's Possible With Your Giving

Hosted by: Jason Franklin

Featuring Bold Givers: Roxanne Meshar, Nancy Thurston

Moving Past Fear: Imagining What's Possible With Your Giving

What motivates you to give? What stops you? What fears hold you back?

These are some of the questions that each of us reflect upon along our giving journey, and they’ve been central questions faced by two of our extraordinary bold Givers, Roxanne Meshar and Nancy Thurston. We hope you’ll join us for a candid conversation as we talk about the emotions and fears that drive our giving behavior.

We’ll explore ways to navigate the sometimes contradictory inner voice that troubles us with questions like: Am I giving too much? Is this the right way? How do I navigate issues of power and access? What assumptions am I making across big topics like race, class and gender? We’ll talk about the sense of guilt that can be associated with having money in an unjust world and hear about Nancy’s & Roxanne’s journeys toward realizing their full potential as catalysts for social change and conquering their giving fears. 

In addition to sharing their own stories of personal transformation, Nancy & Roxanne will also discuss some of the effective strategies and tactics they’ve seen and used for embracing the fears of giving and confronting the guilt often associated with wealth. Join us and get inspired to push the limits of what you think is possible with you giving.

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Bolder Giving/Bolder Investing: Move Your Money to Align with Your Values

July 2014

Hosted by: Jason Franklin

Featuring Bold Givers: Ian Fuller, Brent Kessel

Bolder Giving/Bolder Investing: Move Your Money to Align with Your Values

The socially responsible/impact investing market is growing and changing.  How can you participate?  

The questions we hear from donors are wide ranging.  How do I align my investments with my philanthropic values?  What's the difference between socially responsible and impact investing?  Can I achieve both financial and social returns?  What are the risks?  How should I think about the aligning my giving and my investing?  What’s possible for me with X money to invest?  Do I have to be a finance expert to get involved? 

Join us for an interactive conversation with two of our new bold givers who model integrated giving and investing for change in their own lives and run their own firms helping clients answer these and other daunting questions. Ian Fuller, managing director of Westfuller Advisors, and Brent Kessel, CEO of Abacus Wealth Partners will help us explore the fears and questions that holds us back from unleashing our potential to invest for impact and offer tested ideas and strategies on how we can move past them.

Bolder Giving/Bolder Investing: Move Your Money to Align with Your Values

Funding Social Change in the South

June 2014

Hosted by: Jason Franklin

Featuring Bold Givers: Barbara Meyer, Elspeth Gilmore

Funding Social Change in the South

What does it take to fund social change in the South? Barbara Meyer and Elspeth Gilmore have witnessed firsthand the transformative power of funding and supporting grassroots community organizing in the South to create social change.

From her home in NYC, Elspeth has invested in Southern leadership including coalition building with Project South and as a founding member of Gulf South Allied Funders, a group of donors supporting equitable rebuilding in the Gulf South, While as a long-time Atlanta resident, Barbara launched the Southern Partners Fund to empower rural grassroots community organizing in the South to address the systems and structures that cause community problems.

Elspeth and Elizabeth share many values when it comes to grassroots organizing but bring very different lived experiences. Join us for a unique opportunity to hear more on what it takes to create social change in the South by funding communities seeking social, economic and environmental justice. 


Power of Small Gifts

May 2014

Hosted by: Jason Franklin

Featuring Bold Givers: Ruth Ann Harnisch, Levani Lipton

Power of Small Gifts

What does it take to unlock creativity and empower people to change their world? Ruth Ann Harnisch and Levani Lipton have witnessed firsthand the power of small gifts to create big change, join us for our May Bold Conversation to hear more!     

 

Through the Harnisch Foundation, Ruth Ann has partnered with the Awesome Foundation to make a weekly $1000 grant to celebrate ideas and projects that spread goodness. Meanwhile, through the Ananda Foundation, Levani and her mother have supported amazing social change leaders in Africa and Southeast Asia engaged in sustainable grassroots initiatives that strive for a world free of poverty and suffering.

They spark and support passion, celebrate creative community solutions, and enable change to happen - all with small gifts we could all make. Join us for a conversation that will spark your own giving imagination.


Gay & Bold: Philanthropy in the LGBTQ Community

April 2014

Hosted by: Jason Franklin

Featuring Bold Giver: Russell Roybal

Russell Roybal

LGBTQ equality is on a roll with major victories across the country with marriage equality victories, local trans supportive legislation and more. These victories are the result of decades or organizing and advocacy and have happened with the support of donors large and small. Yet even as we celebrate, we know there is so far still to go!

Join us for a conversation about what it means to give boldly in the LGBTQ community featuring Russell Roybal, Bold Giver and Deputy Executive Director at the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force who’ll share his philanthropic journey and lessons from sitting on both the donor and donee sides of the philanthropic table.

Gay & Bold: Philanthropy in the LGBTQ Community

Conquer Your Giving Fears

March 2014

Hosted by: Jason Franklin

Conquer Your Giving Fears

“My giving doesn’t really matter; They only love my checkbook; I’m going to end up poor; Everyone will ask me for money.” Fears like these stop us from giving and we rarely have a chance to discuss them or figure out ways past them. We recently asked friends and colleagues about their giving fears, those nagging questions and concerns that we grapple with as individual donors, and were overwhelmed by the response - the eagerness to talk more about these, the candid stories we heard about individual struggles, new fears or variations we hadn't thought of, and especially the ways people have overcome these fears to become bolder in their giving.

Responding to that tidal wave of interest, our next Bold Conversation will dive into these philanthropic fears. Join us for an interactive conversation about what holds us back and how we move forward as courageous donors. If you want to add your own comments about fears and solutions, send them on to us ahead of time to make this a robust discussion!

Conquer Your Giving Fears

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