Gurin Forum


The purpose of The Gurin Forum is to bring attention to timely issues facing the sector and to honor Maurice Gilbert Gurin, a foremost leader and thinker who impacted the evolution of philanthropy. The periodic forums are designed to stimulate dialogue, debate, research, and education. Funding for the Gurin Forum is made possible through an endowment created primarily through the generosity of Mr. Gurin.

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November 8, 2017, Gurin Forum: The Impact of Religion on Philanthropy

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.The Giving Institute and Giving USA Foundation held their 2017 Gurin Forum, “The Impact of Religion on Philanthropy" on November 8, hosted live from downtown Chicago during The Giving Institute and Giving USA Foundation November Board Meeting. Expert panelists discussed the important changes occurring in America’s religious environment and their impact on philanthropy. They also explored the trends revealed in the Giving USA Special Report, “Giving to Religion,” available on

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November 13, 2015, Gurin Forum: "The Future of Donor-Advised Funds"

Over 400 people attended the November 13, 2015, Gurin Forum at the Hyatt Magnificent Mile Hotel or via the live broadcast. The complimentary, 90-minute recording is now available to view.

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About Maurice Gilbert Gurin

Gurin ForumMaurice Gilbert Gurin (1911-1990), was nearly 50 years old in 1959 when he made the career change from public relations to fundraising. Gurin incorporated new and innovative fundraising methods with more traditional techniques and, in only 12 years, rose from freelance fundraising to president of a fundraising firm with offices in New York, Philadelphia, and Los Angeles. He continued over the next 30 years to seek creative new answers to old questions, using imaginative new approaches to fundraising focused on individual client needs and making the fundraising plan fit the client rather than the client fit the fundraising plan. – reprinted with permission from the Maurice Gurin Papers, Ruth Lilly Special Collections and Archives.

We would also like to note that Mr. Gurin is a past chair of the American Association of Fundraising Counsel, now known as The Giving Institute and one of the original incorporators of the American Association of Fundraising Counsel Trust for Philanthropy, now known as Giving USA Foundation™.

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