While the development and finance offices within a nonprofit can function independently, organizations benefit significantly when they collaborate. With this in mind, the third annual Development and Finance Symposium, co-sponsored by the Center for Philanthropy and Nonprofit Leadership and the Association of Fundraising Professionals, was designed to explore the dynamics of having these two offices work together, resulting in the distinct advantage of better-informed business decisions. This content-rich symposium will include a facilitated panel discussion for chief financial officers as well as one for chief development officers, so participants can take advantage of the unique opportunity of hearing from these leaders and learning from their past experiences.
In the past, participants have commented on how helpful the lively discussion in such sessions was in supporting the process of forging stronger development and finance partnerships at their own organizations. This year, we are honored to welcome symposium keynote speakers Marc Shapiro, non-executive chairman of Chase Bank of Texas and Emmett D. Carson, Ph.D., CEO and president of Silicon Valley Community Foundation (SVCF) to the Anderson-Clarke Center. Mr. Shapiro previously served as chief financial officer at Texas Commerce Bank. After the bank was purchased by J.P. Morgan Chase, he was named chief executive officer of the statewide organization and later named vice chairman for finance and risk management for the parent company. He is also a director of Kimberly-Clark Corporation, The Mexico Fund and Weingarten Realty Investors. Mr. Shapiro has a long history of community involvement as well.
Dr. Carson is an international thought leader in the field of philanthropy. As founding CEO of SVCF in 2006, he led the unprecedented merger of two of the largest community foundations in the world. Today, SVCF has more than $4.7 billion under management, and Dr. Carson oversees the community foundation’s work with donors and corporations, whose generous giving has made SVCF both the largest grant maker to Bay Area nonprofit organizations and the largest international grant maker among community foundations in the U.S. We look forward to hearing from them both. Don’t miss the chance to connect with like-minded professionals and gain practical takeaways that will immediately impact your own organization. The symposium will be held on Tuesday, June 9 and Wednesday, June 10. Visit cpnl.rice.edu/dfs to register yourself or to take advantage of the group registration discount today.
Kim Espinosa, Marketing Specialist