Conversation in Philanthropy: Hands-On Philanthropy on February 25

Giving circles will be in the spotlight when Conversations in Philanthropy kicks off its 2016 season on Thursday, February 25, with the topic “Hands-On Philanthropy,” featuring three Cleveland experts addressing how donors can find greater fulfillment in their philanthropy by becoming involved in giving circle efforts, where individual donors come together to pool financial resources and provide additional consultation.

The event is at 4:30 to 6:00pm at the Mandel Community Studies Center Room #115 at 11402 Bellflower Road on the campus of Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland. Attendees can register to attend in person or to watch via live-stream online. Free and open to the public, it  includes a post-conversation reception. Social work CEUs are available for in-person attendees ($10 for 1.5 hours for alumni; $25 for non-alumni) and professional development hours are offered for social work students.

Conversations in Philanthropy are part of the Mandel School’s Centennial Speaker Series and are presented by the school’s Master of Nonprofit Organizations (MNO) program. They are supported by the Gail and Elliott Schlang Philanthropic Fund, a donor-advised fund of the Jewish Federation of Cleveland.

To register to attend: msass.case.edu/Centennial

The conversation on “Hands-On Philanthropy” will be moderated by MNO Program Director Robert L. Fischer, PhD, and will feature three speakers:

Hilary Sparks-Roberts, JD 1988, Executive Director of Social Venture Partners (SVP) Cleveland: Hilary Sparks-Roberts joined SVP as its Director of Partner Engagement in September 2011, became Deputy Director in July 2013, and its Executive Director in August 2014. A native Clevelander, Hilary loves the ways SVP strengthens the Greater Cleveland community, one nonprofit at a time. She looks forward to sharing SVP’s model of engaged philanthropy designed for people who want to do more than write a check or applaud others’ efforts from a distance.
Judy Wright, Executive Director of Ohio Transformation Fund and Member of The Cleveland Colectivo: While the career of Judy Wright, MEd, spans many fields, her focus has always been to advance social justice. Judy currently leads the Ohio Transformation Fund, a collaborative fund developed to make structural changes in Ohio’s criminal justice system. Her work is a demonstration of her determination to improve health and safety in Ohio communities. Judy’s volunteer commitments include being a founding member of the Cleveland Colectivo, a local giving circle committed to supporting innovative projects in the Cleveland area.

Karyn Pistone, Financial Advisor of Beacon Financial Partners and Member of Fun(d) First Giving Circle: Karyn Pistone is a Certified Financial Planner who brings over 30 years of practical experience her clients. After ten years as an insurance consultant, Karen started her own practice to focus on wealth management and implementing charitable strategies and business plans for her clients. Karen understands that every client is different, which is why she strives to present them with all the financial planning tools they need to realize financial prosperity.