Transformations in Philanthropy:
What Does the Future Hold?
Friday, August 12
11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Multnomah Athletic Club
1849 SW Salmon Street | Portland
This blue-ribbon panel of foundation leaders will explore the philanthropic horizon, sharing perspectives on recent shifts and emerging trends in giving philosophy and strategy. Topics to be addressed include funding advocacy and activism; grantmakers' increasing emphasis on social equity; social impact investing; recent upheavals in arts & cultural funding; and the evolution of corporate philanthropy. Join us to explore these and other anticipated transformations, and how they can help inform your fundraising strategies and programs.
Cynthia Addams joined The Collins Foundation in 1998 and was the Foundation’s first Director of Programs, a position she held for nine years before becoming the Chief Executive Officer in 2007. After receiving her BA and MA in Art History from the University of Oregon, Addams dedicated the next thirteen years to community arts development and management, eventually serving nine years as Executive Director of the Salem Art Association. Addams later held two consecutive positions at Willamette University in Salem, Oregon—Director of Foundation and Corporate Relations and Assistant to the President. A longstanding arts and culture advocate, Addams served eight years on the Oregon Arts Commission, chairing the Commission from 2005 to 2008. She is past president of Grantmakers of Oregon and Southwest Washington and currently serves as Treasurer of Foundations for a Better Oregon/ Chalkboard Project.
Candy Solovjovs is Director of Programs at the Meyer Memorial Trust, one of the Pacific Northwest’s largest private foundations, with assets of more than $700 million and annual giving of over $40 million. Candy joined Meyer in 2007 and leads programmatic strategy to cultivate a flourishing and equitable Oregon. She oversees grantmaking, program related investments, special initiatives and partnerships, convening and other activities to further Meyer’s priorities: equitable education, housing opportunities, a healthy environment and vibrant and inclusive communities. Under her leadership, Meyer’s programs have increased support for operating funds, advocacy, systems change and innovations to make life in Oregon better for all residents.
For over 25 years, Candy has worked to further safety, self-determination and opportunity for Oregonians. On her path, she has served as a philanthropic leader, nonprofit executive director, college administrator, co-founder of a statewide nonprofit network, and consultant and trainer. Candy holds a baccalaureate in human services from the University of Oregon and a master’s degree in public administration from Lewis and Clark College.
Bob Speltz is the senior director of public affairs for Standard Insurance Company (“The Standard”) in Portland, Oregon. He is responsible for all aspects of corporate community involvement including The Standard’s corporate giving program, the Standard Charitable Foundation, employee-directed giving and volunteerism and corporate public relations. Bob joined The Standard in July 2008. Prior to joining The Standard, Bob held senior roles in corporate community involvement at Nike, Nau and MCI Communications Corp. Bob serves on the boards of the Oregon Cultural Trust, Literary Arts and Our House. His previous board service includes Q Center, Grantmakers of Oregon and SW Washington and Equity Foundation. Bob earned a bachelor’s degree in English from Saint John’s University in Collegeville, MN. He and his husband, Dwight Adkins, live in Northeast Portland.
Max Williams joined The Oregon Community Foundation as president and CEO in January, 2012. Under his leadership, the Foundation manages the stewardship of charitable funds that are distributed statewide. Additionally, he is responsible for overseeing the $1.5 billion endowment, which is comprised of more than 1,700 permanent funds. Born and raised in Bend, Max developed a love for Oregon through summers spent between the high desert and the Oregon coast, where he worked on his uncle’s commercial fishing boat. For the better part of the last 20 years, Max’s professional and volunteer experiences have been directed towards improving the state he loves. These experiences have included volunteering on various nonprofit boards, practicing law at Miller Nash, serving in the Oregon Legislative Assembly and being appointed by Governor Ted Kulongoski to lead one of Oregon’s largest state agencies, the Department of Corrections. Max believes that philanthropy can navigate the critical intersection between the public, the private and the non-profit sectors – an intersection where innovative solutions can be created. He further believes that he now has “the very best job in Oregon.”
Kris Anderson is a nonprofit consultant, educator, and co-author (with Greg Chaillé) of State of Giving: Stories of Oregon Volunteers, Donors, and Nonprofits (Oregon State University Press, 2015). Kris is currently part-time Executive Director of the Portland Clinic Foundation and interim Executive Director of Rediscover the Falls, the Willamette Falls Legacy Project’s new friends group. Born in Oregon and educated at Middlebury College and at the University of Oxford, where she taught English literature, Kris has worked for nonprofits ranging from London-based advocacy organization Dignity in Dying to Oregon’s Literary Arts, Chalkboard Project, Oregon Humane Society, and many others. A passionate volunteer: Kris advises the #OregoniansGive campaign and the Women’s Foundation of Oregon; chairs the Portland2016 Biennial committee at Disjecta Contemporary Arts Center, is Secretary of the Oregon Historical Society’s Cabinet, and was recently elected to the Multnomah County Cultural Coalition.
COST: $35 AFP members | $50 nonmembers and guests | $25 AFP Young Professional Members
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