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Faith and Philanthropy (webinar)

April 16 @ 12:00 PM1:30 PM

Throughout the history of philanthropy, faith has played a vital role. Many of this country’s 1.5 million nonprofits birthed out of religious organizations, and religion continues to garner more than 30% of philanthropic dollars each year.

Still, growth in this giving area has slowed to less than one percent annually. And we are experiencing a surge in the number of people who do not identify with any particular religious tradition, including those that self-identify as atheist or agnostic. These “nones” now represent some 23 percent of the U.S. population.

So what does this mean for your organization?

Join us for this webinar on April 16 to better understand the role that faith plays in philanthropy and how it might impact your organization.

Key concepts will include:

  • Providing a historical context for understanding the impact of religion on the philanthropic sector
  • Understanding how faith impacts philanthropy today, including the changing language of spirituality
  • Exploring how faith can impact your organization, whether or not it is a faith-based organization

Featured Guests: Dr. Becka Alper, Colleen Mitchell, Laura Kohn Montoye
Facilitator: Tamela Spicer

Cost: $40

Register now

Can’t participate in the live webinar? No worries! All registrants will be emailed a link to the recording afterward. You can watch the webinar whenever and as many times as you like!

Photo: Becka Alper

Becka A. Alper, Ph.D. is a research associate at Pew Research Center. She contributes to the Center’s domestic religion polls. Before joining the Center, Alper was a postdoctoral research associate working on the Youth Activism Project at the University of Arizona. Alper received doctorate and master’s degrees in sociology from Purdue University. Alper is a contributing author of Pew Research Center reports such as “America’s Changing Religious Landscape,” “U.S. Catholics Open to Non-Traditional Families,” Choosing a New Church or House of Worship,” “Israel’s Religiously Divided Society” and “A Portrait of American Orthodox Jews.” Learn more about Becka.

Photo: Colleen Mitchell

Colleen Mitchell is the founder and principal of VENTURE3Philanthropy, LLC, a leading global philanthropic advisory firm committed to developing new giving strategies for the greatest social impact. Her advising service utilizes a comprehensive lens spanning the public, private, and social sectors, encouraging clients to explore their intersections in ways that uniquely inspire personal generosity and drive the greatest impact, all while deepening the giver’s own journey. Colleen also serves donors who desire to align their faith journey with their giving strategies. Colleen has led several private and operating foundations, including Whirlpool Foundation, IMCERA Group Foundation, and NorthShore Foundation, and led donor services at her hometown community foundation, The Columbus Foundation. Learn more about Colleen.

Photo: Laura Kohn Montoye

Laura Kohn Montoye, M.B.A. is the Assistant Director of Development & Operations for the Greenville Area Community Foundation in Greenville, MI. She works in many areas of the foundation including finance & accounting, fund development, and nonprofit development. Prior to joining the Greenville Area Community Foundation in 2016, Montoye served as an Assistant Director of Student Life for Ball State University, an Assistant Director of Financial Aid for Alma College, a Financial Analyst for the Dow Corning Corporation, an intern at the Gratiot County Community Foundation, and president of the Greenville Youth Advisory Council. Montoye serves on the Board of Directors for Third Coast Dance Company and is active in her community.

Photo: Tamela Spicer

Tamela Spicer, M.A. is the program manager for nonprofit services at the Dorothy A. Johnson Center for Philanthropy at Grand Valley State University. She works primarily with faith-based clients, and specializes in organizational structure, fund development, and strategic planning. Learn more about Tamela.


April 16
12:00 PM – 1:30 PM
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Dorothy A. Johnson Center for Philanthropy, Grand Valley State University