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Sixth Summit on Philanthropy draws top speakers on social enterprise, innovation



Special to KyForward


The Kentucky Philanthropy Initiative will convene the 6th annual Kentucky Summit on Philanthropy at the Marriott Griffin Gate Resort and Spa in Lexington on Sept. 30-Oct. 1. For the second year, the Summit will be presented in partnership with the Federal Reserve Banks of Cleveland and St. Louis.


Kosair Charities is presenting sponsor.


The two-day event will explore strategic approaches and innovative techniques that advance philanthropic goals and help nonprofits improve sustainability through social enterprise concepts. A variety of panel discussions and presentations will examine how to identify critical assets, recognize areas of greatest need and develop solutions for creating better communities.


Chris Rabb

Chris Rabb

The Summit will kick off with Chris Rabb, author of Invisible Capital: How Unseen Forces Shape Entrepreneurial Opportunity, discussing entrepreneurship and structural inequality. Rabb is Social Entrepreneur in Residence and Adjunct Professor with the Fox School of Business at Temple University in Philadelphia. As a consultant, teacher, writer, public speaker and professional facilitator, he is a thought leader at the intersection of entrepreneurship, politics, media and social identity.


Kevin Lynch

Kevin Lynch

Day two features Kevin Lynch, president and CEO of the Social Enterprise Alliance, who will provide a keynote address exploring the day-to-day challenges and opportunities faced by social enterprise practitioners. Drawing on his experience from over 20 years in the field, he will provide examples of the many forms social enterprises take and the policies that promote this growing trend.


David Hawpe, distinguished Kentucky journalist and retired editorial page editor of the Louisville Courier-Journal, will lead a panel discussion on What Kentucky Needs. Made up of leaders in the areas of philanthropy, policy and business development, this panel will explore why Kentucky’s continuing challenges and opportunities for change through philanthropic investment. Among those joining in the discussion are Crit Luallen, former state auditor and Johnathan Gay, director of the Kentucky Innovation Network.



Other sessions feature Russell Krunmow of Opportunity Nation demonstrating the Opportunity Index, the economic value of social entrepreneurship, and innovative partnerships. A special Marketplace will feature the products and work of social business enterprises.

A highlight of the conference will be the presentation of the Commonwealth Awards honoring individuals or organizations who have distinguished themselves in the field of philanthropy in Kentucky, through service, innovation, commitment and/or lifetime achievement. Former recipients include Randy Coe of Kosair Charities, Kathy Merchant of Greater Cincinnati Foundation, Toyota Motor Manufacturing, Tony Watkins of the West Kentucky Community Foundation and Gerry Roll of the Appalachian Community Foundation.

Information about Summit registration and sponsorship opportunities can be found at www.kyphilanthropy.com.

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 grow a viable statewide network of advocates. More information about KPI can be found at www.kyphilanthropy.com or “Like” the KY Philanthropy Facebook page to stay connected.

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