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November 2016 Board Meetings
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11/3/2016 to 11/4/2016
When: November 3-4, 2016
Where: W Chicago - Lakeshore
644 North Lake Shore Drive
Chicago, Illinois  60611
United States
Contact: AnCherise Taylor

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Registration Fees

 GI Member  Complimentary
Board Reception and Dinner Event  $135



Thursday, November 3

Board and Committee Meetings 8:00am-3:45pm
Educational Sessions 10:30am -12:00pm | 4:00-5:30pm
Board Dinner at Rural Society 6:30pm

Committee Meetings 

  • Joint Executive Committee 8:00-10:00am 
  • GI Member Lunch 12:00-1:00pm
  • Program & Education Committee 1:15-2:30pm
  • Resource Development Committee 1:15-2:30pm
  • Marketing Committee 2:30-3:45pm
  • Membership Committee 2:30-3:45pm

Educational Sessions 

Changing Dynamics of Collective Giving and the Fundraising Opportunities and Challenges That These Trends Represent
10:30am-12:00pm | Jason Franklin, W.K. Kellogg Community Philanthropy Chair, Dorothy A. Johnson Center for Philanthropy, Grand Valley State University


Take part in a conversation about the changing dynamics of collective giving and the fundraising opportunities and challenges that these trends represent. Collective giving approaches are increasingly popular and being driven by interest from next gen donors, the rising power of online giving, and a desire for many to find new ways to connect in an era of increasing mobility and disconnect. The conversation will include an exploration of a range of topics including: 


  • The rise of giving circles and how nonprofit leaders can engage with them (and the frustrations in trying to do so);
  • The power and limitations of crowd funding as well as the evolution of crowd funding platforms and strategies;
  • The spread of donor networks and funder affinity groups and the implications and opportunities for fundraisers to connect with these communities of donors; etc

Jason Franklin serves as the W.K. Kellogg Community Philanthropy Chair at the Johnson Center for Philanthropy, the nation’s first endowed chair focused on community philanthropy. Previously, he served for five years as Executive Director of Bolder Giving, inspiring people to give big & take more risks with their philanthropy. He also serves as an award-winning adjunct professor at New York University and on the boards of the Proteus Fund, Solidaire Donor Network, WiserGiving and 21st Century School Fund.  

Bridges to a Successful Capital Campaign
4:00-5:30pm | Craig Mizushima, Senior Vice-President for Capital Solutions


Learn about the innovative roles that Community Development Financial Institutions (CDFIs) play as partners in financing development projects. Financing can include capital for pre-development, acquisition and construction/renovation costs, interim bridge financing for capital campaigns and long-term permanent capital. Financing programs can include both debt and equity or grant products that may include a myriad of public/private resources including Historic Tax Credits (HTC), New Markets Tax Credits (NMTC), Tax Increment Financing (TIF), and other innovative financing sources.


Craig Mizushima is SVP of Capital Solutions for IFF, a nonprofit organization that provides real estate consulting and financing for nonprofit organizations that serve low and moderate income communities. Mr. Mizushima joined IFF in November 2014 to lead IFF’s lending and structured finance teams that provide financing assistance for nonprofit organizations throughout the Midwest. Mr. Mizushima has over 30 years combined experience in community development and commercial lending to nonprofits, small and mid-sized business, affordable housing and commercial real estate. He began his career as an Economic Development Director in government and for several Chicago community development corporations.  His work experience includes more than 20 years in leadership positions at several large financial institutions in community and nonprofit lending and commercial real estate.  Over his career he has served on the Boards of over twenty nonprofit organizations.

Friday, November 4

Educational Session

From Ned Flanders to Montgomery Burns: Understanding the Determinants of Giving
8:30-10:00am | Dr. Daniel Hungerman, Associate Professor of Economics, University of Notre Dame


Professor Hungerman has a longstanding interest in understanding the determinants of charitable giving. Among other things, his work has focused on the decline of organized religion in the United States and its implications for the broader nonprofit sector, and the importance of public policy for promoting giving. Professor Hungerman's work shows that, while donors today are more secular and more dominated by the wealthy than before, several policies and strategies have proven valuable in helping charities connect with donors.


Daniel Hungerman Ph.D., is an Associate Professor of Economics at the University of Notre Dame and a Research Associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research. He serves as Executive Director for the Association for the Study of Religion, Economics and Culture.

Governance Meetings

  • Giving USA Foundation Board Meeting 10:30-11:30am
  • Giving Institute Board Meeting 11:30am-12:30pm


The November meetings will take place at the W Chicago - Lakeshore.

To book, please call the hotel directly at 312.943.9200 or book online.

Rooms are not available online for attendees wishing to depart Saturday or later. If you have a stay that requires a Saturday or later departure, please call the hotel directly at 312.943.9200 for the best available rates. 


Refunds, minus a $25 administrative fee for all events for which a fee was charged, will be issued on written cancellations received on or before Monday, October 3, 2016. Phone cancellations WILL NOT be accepted. Registrants assume full responsibility for notification to and verification of receipt by the Giving Institute 2016 November Meetings. Refunds will be processed 2-3 weeks after the meeting. 

Refunds or credits will not be given for failure to attend, late arrival, flight/transportation cancellations, unattended events or early departure. In the rare event of a meeting cancellation, Giving Institute is not responsible for nor will provide refunds for costs associated with travel, airfare, hotel or transportation costs incurred by the registered attendee. It is always recommended that the registrant considering purchasing independent travel insurance.

Giving Institute registration fees are not tax-deductible as a charitable contribution, but may be deductible as a business expense. Consult your tax advisor.

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