May 3, 2017

Wise Giving Wednesday: Philanthropy Experts & Leaders Gather in Cape Coral

Guest Blog by Michael Chatman, President & CEO, Cape Coral Community Foundation 

BBB Wise Giving Alliance President & CEO Art Taylor and Cape Coral Community Foundation President & CEO Michael Chatman hosted the Philanthropy Experts and Leaders Academy on April 23 – 25 at the Westin Hotel in Cape Coral, Florida.  Art Taylor gave a presentation about how the future can and should be part of thought leadership and brand strategy. Michael Chatman shared how he built #whyigive, the popular global generosity movement on Twitter with over 300,000 followers. The academy was limited to 25 people. It was a nice blend of philanthropy thought-leaders, foundation executives, social entrepreneurs, and CEOs of nonprofit organizations. 

Other highlights from the gathering of experts and leaders included: 

  • Mary Wong, President and CEO, Office Depot Foundation, shared her personal story of perseverance and the lessons she’s learned through her 20-year career in corporate social responsibility.
  • Henry Timms, Executive Director of 92nd Street Y and Founder, #GivingTuesday, explained how to understand new power and harness its energy – and lessons learned from #GivingTuesday, a global philanthropic movement.
  • Chad Barr, President, The Chad Barr Group, shared his thoughts on how to build a million-dollar web presence. During his presentation, he discussed the critical areas that can be immediately enhanced to emphasize credibility and instantly build trust among visitors.
  • Val Porter-Cook, Leadership Development Advisor, explored why self-awareness is so important when coaching is the best leadership development tool, and how organizations can make strategic and outcome-based investments in that work.
  • Carrie Fox, Founder and President, Mission Partners, ran the audience through a series of thought-provoking exercises designed to help distill an organization’s “why” in a way that inspires others to act. 

The Cape Coral Community Foundation, the global center for generosity, was proud to co-sponsor this event with the BBB Wise Giving Alliance and thanks the speakers and leaders who attended the academy. 


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