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11/7/2017 to 11/8/2017
When: November 7-8, 2017
Where: Renaissance Chicago Downtown
1 W Wacker Dr
Chicago, Illinois  60601
United States
Contact: AnCherise Taylor

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Registration Fees

 GI Member  Complimentary
Board Reception and Dinner Event  $135


Schedule -


November 7, 2017

Day one of our November Meeting is themed around the essential topic of 'Fundraising Effectiveness.' First, Anne Wallestad, President & CEO of BoardSource, will provide an introduction to BoardSource’s groundbreaking new framework for evaluating fundraising effectiveness — one that provides a balanced approach that emphasizes how important it is to invest in strong and sustainable fundraising program. 

Next, Erik Daubert and Nathan Dietz will summarize the latest insights generated by the 2017 Fundraising Effectiveness Project/Growth in Giving Initiative, including analysis from as recently as Q3-2017 and the impact of recent hurricane disasters on giving. 

Following these introductory presentations, we will then have an opportunity to dig more deeply into this fundraising effectiveness theme through table discussions over lunch followed by a Q&A-style panel discussion with Anne, Erik and Nathan.

8:00 – 9:30am

Joint Executive Committee

9:30 – 10:00am

Coffee Break

10:00 – 10:45am

Measuring Fundraising Effectiveness
Anne Wallestad

10:45 – 11:30am

2017 Update on Fundraising Effectiveness Project/Growth in Giving Initiative

Nathan Dietz & Erik Daubert

11:30 – 12:00pm

Free time

12:00 – 1:00pm

Lunch with Table Discussions

1:00 – 2:00pm

Panel Style Q&A with Morning Presenters

2:30 – 3:30pm

Membership Committee

Marketing Committee

3:30 – 4:30pm

Resource Development Committee

Program & Education Committee

6:30 – 9:00pm

Reception & Dinner –Smith & Wollensky



November 8, 2017

Day two of our November Meeting will include board meetings, followed by our 2017 Gurin Forum, which will highlight the latest research by Giving USA Foundation and the Indiana Lilly Family School of Philanthropy. Our panel of experts will explore the insights from our recently released Giving USA Special Report on Giving to Religion. The Gurin Forum is available as a complimentary live webcast to those unable to attend in person.

8:00 – 8:30am


8:30 - 9:30am

Giving USA Foundation Board Meeting

9:30 - 10:30am

Giving Institute Board Meeting

10:30 - 11:00am


11:00am – 12:30pm

2017 Gurin Forum: The Impact of Religion on Philanthropy
Register Here for Live Webcast

Each year, religion receives the largest proportion of charitable support. In 2016, that represented $122.94 billion, more than twice the amount given to the next highest nonprofit sector, education, which received $59.77 billion. During our 2017 Gurin Forum, broadcast live from downtown Chicago, expert panelists will discuss the important changes occurring in America’s religious environment and their impact on philanthropy. They will explore the trends revealed in the Giving USA Special Report, “Giving to Religion,” available October 24 on


Stacy Palmer, Editor, Chronicle of Philanthropy


Wendy C. Abrams, Chair, National Women’s Philanthropy Board of the Jewish Federations of North America
Dan Conway, Senior Vice President of Collegium Holdings, Inc.
Rick Dunham, CEO of Dunham+Company
Una Osili, Professor of Economics and Associate Dean for Research and International Programs, Indiana University, Lilly Family School of Philanthropy
Kashif Shaikh, Co-Founder and Executive Director of the Pillars Fund



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The November meetings will take place at the Renaissance Chicago Downtown. We have established a discounted group rate of $289/night + 17.4% tax

To book, please reserve online or call the hotel directly at 312.372.7200.

Reservations should be made no later than October 16, 2017 and cannot be guaranteed even before this date. 


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 2, 2017. Phone cancellations WILL NOT be accepted. Registrants assume full responsibility for notification to and verification of receipt by the Giving Institute 2017 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.

Registration and attendance at or participation in the GI November Meetings constitutes an agreement by the registrant to GI's use and distribution (both now and in the future) of the registrant or attendee's image or voice in photographs, videotapes, electronic reproduction and audiotapes of such events activities.


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