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Thursday, October 17 • 7:45am - 10:00am
Breakfast Plenary: The Value of Family Philanthropy—A Critique and Dialogue

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A variety of sharp critiques have been written recently about the practices, history, and prejudices of private philanthropy in the U.S. This provocative plenary features a discussion with the author of one of these critiques for a facilitated conversation encouraging the potential of private philanthropy. The goal is to have a frank but ultimately uplifting conversation on how all families engaged in philanthropy can better achieve the shared goal of a more just and open society.

Breakfast is available at 7:45 am - the session begins at 8:30 am.

Related Resources:

Sharing Power: Board Conversation Starters (NCFP, 2019)
Bridging the Power Divide (NCFP, 2019)

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Heather Miller

Executive Director, American Indian Center
Heather Miller is an enrolled member of the Wyandotte Nation from Oklahoma.  Her passion for seeing Native American organizations succeed inspires her in her role as the current Executive Director of the American Indian Center in Chicago.  She began her professional career working... Read More →
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A. Sparks (Planning Committee Co-Chair)

Executive Director, Harry and Masie Masto Foundation
Sparks (she/her) values and is deeply committed to promoting equity in the non-profit and for-profit social impact sectors based on her experience as a queer, multi-racial, next generation, woman in the field of philanthropy. She is currently Executive Director of the Masto Foundation... Read More →
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Douglas Bitonti Stewart (Planning Committee Co-Chair)

Executive Director, Max M. & Marjorie S. Fisher Foundation
Doug Bitonti Stewart has dedicated his career to philanthropy serving organizations such as Michigan State University, Michigan Nonprofit Management Institute, the Arthritis Foundation, Children’s Hospital of Michigan and as Director of Development for Children’s and Women’s... Read More →
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Liz Thompson

President - The CAFÉ, Cleveland Avenue Foundation for Education
As President of the Cleveland Avenue Foundation for Education, Liz Thompson is deeply engaged in the non-profit community and passionate about youth development and education.She began her formal role working with non-profits in 1993 when she was named founding Executive Director... Read More →
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Edgar Villanueva

and Board Member, Andrus Family Fund, Author, Decolonizing Wealth
Edgar Villanueva is a nationally-recognized expert on social justice philanthropy and author of Decolonizing Wealth, which offers hopeful and compelling alternatives to the dynamics of colonization in the philanthropic and social finance sectors. He currently serves as Chair of the... Read More →

Thursday October 17, 2019 7:45am - 10:00am CDT
Chicago Ballroom, 5th Floor Chicago Marriott Downtown Magnificent Mile, 540 North Michigan Avenue, Chicago IL 60611