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Kentucky Summit on Philanthropy explores funding partnerships, connecting for charity

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The Kentucky Philanthropy Initiative will convene the fifth annual Kentucky Summit on Philanthropy at the Hyatt Regency in downtown Lexington on Sept. 11-12. This year’s Summit, entitled Making Connections, is presented in partnership with the Federal Reserve Banks of Cleveland and St. Louis.
The two-day event will include workshops and sessions designed to introduce and explore current trends in philanthropy and the non-profit sector.
The Summit will kick off with a luncheon and address by Kristin Faust, director of Lending and Network Services for Partners for the Common Good. Faust will provide a national perspective on funding partnerships among philanthropy, Community Development Finance Institutions and banks providing access to capital to help underserved communities.
For the remainder of day one, the Federal Reserve Banks will present a program on capital resources, lending partnerships, impact investment and crowd sourcing in Kentucky. The session will also highlight how banks, credit unions, CDFIs, foundations and community practitioners are aligning their resources to support business growth. This is an opportunity to hear from the people and lenders who have established successful models of lending partnerships.
Complimentary consulting sessions on utilizing Internet and social media tools will be provided that afternoon and one lucky conference attendee will win a free website design/update from Inbound Lex.
A networking reception will conclude day one activities.
Panel discussions on day two of the Summit will explore “Connecting” to address Kentucky’s challenges through corporate philanthropy, strategic giving, foundations, funding partnerships, impact investment and nonprofit organizations. Panels will also discuss connecting students with philanthropy and how effective use of social media can help organizations connect with their audience.
The luncheon keynote address will be given by Josh Nadzam, recipient of the 2011 Wilma Rudolph Award as a member of the University of Kentucky track and field team and leader of the Manchester-Bidwell Replication Project. Josh’s personal story of perseverance in the face of adversity inspires his passion for bringing the Manchester-Bidwell model to Lexington. To learn more about Nadzam, read our KyForward stories: UK social work graduate launches Lexington project to help escape tough circumstances and UK track stars had an ‘epiphany,’ and now their annual shoe drive is making great strides.
The Manchester-Bidwell model for education, workforce development and youth intervention has empowered countless lives and revolutionized the country. With replications in San Francisco, Cleveland, Cincinnati, Grand Rapids and New Haven, Manchester-Bidwell centers use the arts and beautiful aesthetics to heal the wounds of poverty and rejuvenate youth and adults, helping them find their paths towards fulfilling lives and prosperous self-sufficiency. The creator of the model, Bill Strickland, spoke in Lexington in May. To read more about him and his project, read: Demand to hear social visionary, Pittsburgh entrepreneur so great talk now open to public.
Recipients of the 2013 Commonwealth Award for distinguished service in philanthropy will also be announced and recognized during the luncheon.
Information about Summit registration, sponsorship opportunities and nominations for the Commonwealth Awards can be found here.
About the Kentucky Philanthropy Initiative:
In 2010, KPI commissioned a Transfer of Wealth study which identified an intergenerational wealth transfer of $707 billion over the next 50 years, which was instrumental in the passage of the Endow Kentucky Tax Credit. As a result of this study and the Endow Kentucky Tax Credit, KPI launched the Give-back Kentucky campaign that encourages Kentuckians to count our communities among their heirs with a goal of capturing 5 percent of this wealth in the Commonwealth’s certified community foundations for long-term economic development and quality of life of our communities. KPI is developing programs to reach young people to develop a life-long culture of giving-back and to grow a viable statewide network of advocates. More information about KPI can be found here or “Like” the Kentucky Philanthropy Facebook page here to stay connected.
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