Corporate Giving Conference

Thursday March 9 | 8:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Reception March 8 in Seattle, Phoenix, Portland + San Francisco

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Corporate Giving Conference

Connecting the nonprofit and for-profit sectors with the aim to optimize social good

 The focus is to Uncover the Possibilities in philanthropy, sponsorships, employee volunteering/workplace giving and cause marketing campaigns.

Presenting Sponsor: Amazon

Thank you to the following companies for their generous support!

iWave, Columbia Bank, KUOW 94.9 Public Radio


Joy Stephens

Corporate Giving Network
Founder & CEO

Alissa May

Salesforce (formerly)
Director, Citizen Philanthropy

Blair Taylor

Managing Director – Inclusion & Diversity

Keri Pravitz

Manager, Community Engagement

Jesse Rhodes

Leader – Inclusion, Diversity, Equity

Paula Beadle

Caravel Marketing &
Sponsorship Marketing Assoc

Walter Wymer

University of Lethbridge
Professor of Marketing

Andy Robinson

Andy Robinson Consulting
Consultant and Trainer

Nate Clark

John Deere + John Deere Foundation
Global Director + President

Columbia Bank


Breakout Room Facilitators

Kathy Parks

Career & Leadership Coach

Thomasina Tafur

Pepperdine University
Doctoral Student

Kris McRea

McRea Coaching & Consulting
Dare to Lead Facilitator

Julia Curns-Welch

Seattle Opera
Institutional Giving Officer

Holly Hoag

Holly Hoag

KUOW 94.9 Public Radio
Business Support Account Manager

Ryan Hicks

Ryan Hicks

Cascade Public Media
Account & Partnership Manager

Lauren Kelly

National Multiple Sclerosis Society
Senior Director, Walk MS

Christa Countryman

Western Washington University
Director of Corporate Relations

Jennifer Fischer

Overlake Medical Center & Clinics
Special Events & Corporate Relations Officer

Workshop Facilitators

Joy Stephens

Corporate Giving Network
Founder & CEO

Shanda Vangas

Fourth Wave Strategies
Founder & Principal

Mike Cheever

College Success Foundation
VP, Strategy & External Affairs

Emily Crawford

Luminosity Communications and Marketing
Founder & Public Relations Strategist


Twenty presenters will cover material relating to corporate giving including grants, sponsorships, cause marketing, employee volunteerism/board service, workplace giving and the skills and knowledge needed to be successful.

March 8, 2023

Time: 5:00 PM until 7:30 PM

In-Person Reception

Seattle, Phoenix, Portland, San Francisco

[More information coming soon]

March 9, 2023 | Virtual Conference | 8:00 AM until 4:00 PM PT

8:00 AM

Welcome and Introduction to Program

8:05 AM

Breakout Rooms

Join your fellow attendees in one of five rooms each with a topic and facilitated by a subject matter expert. When you register, you select the topic that interests you the most.

  1. Book Discussion: Dare to Lead by Brené Brown
    This session will focus on the key takeaways from the book and some interactive learnings about how daring leadership is the key to a more connected and collaborative workplace. You’ll get more out of this conversation if you’ve read the book, but it isn’t necessary. Facilitated by Kris McRea of McRea Consulting & Coaching, who was trained to facilitate the leadership skill sets by Brené Brown. Co-host is Lauren Kelly (National Multiple Sclerosis Society)
  2. Jumpstarting Your Career
    If you’re ready to take the next step, tune in for tips on preparing for a promotion or pivoting into your dream job.
    Facilitated by Kathy Parks, certified career and leadership coach with co-host Ryan Hicks (Cascade Public Media KCTS 9)
  3. Yawn O’Clock
    If it’s too early for a serious discussion, join this group for casual conversation and networking.
    Led by Julia Curns-Welch (Seattle Opera) with co-host Holly Hoag (KUOW 94.9 Public Radio)
  4. Book Discussion: Four Thousand Weeks – Time management for Mortals by Oliver Burkeman
     We’ll explore the concept of time management from a different perspective. Anyone tired of the “efficiency trap” is welcome to join!
    Led by Thomasina Tafur, doctoral student (PhD program in ‘Global Leadership and Change’ at Pepperdine University) with co-host Christa Countryman (Western Washington University, Director of Corporate Relations)
  5.  Work Life Balance
    Has your company shifted from a remote to a hybrid model of working?  If you’re being asked to spend more days in the office and less working from home, join to discuss how to navigate this change with charm.
    Led by CEO of major nonprofit with co-host Jennifer Fischer (Overlake Medical Center & Clinics, Special Events & Corporate Relations Officer)

9:05 AM

The State of the Economy & Projected 2023 Charitable Giving

Understanding the current economy provides insight into the probability of meeting our current fundraising goals, as well as informing our future goals. It also enables us to hold informed, intellectual conversations with current and prospective donors.

9:45 AM

Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) & Environmental Social Governance (ESG) Trends

Corporate America’s priorities are ever evolving. Our panel of social impact professionals will explore the shifts and trends in Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) and Environmental Social Governance (ESG) and discuss the potential impact on current giving and sponsorship activities.

Panel: Alissa May (formerly Salesforce), Nate Clark (John Deere)

10:45 AM

Demonstrating Return on Investment (ROI) for Sponsors

Sponsorships are typically funded through the marketing department. Our panel will discuss what benefits to highlight and how to demonstrate to decision makers that partnering with you and your organization is a good investment.

11:45 AM

Skills Building Workshops

Designed to sharpen your skills leading to improved performance as corporate fundraising professionals. Select from the following five topics hosted by subject matter experts and/or corporate funders.

1. Partnership Best Practices

What does a good nonprofit/corporate partnership look like? If you don’t see yourself reflected in this model, what can you do to improve your relationship?  Facilitator: Shanda Vangas

2. Social Media & Public Relations

A discussion about social media, the latest trends on different platforms and examples of the type of engagement that sponsors favor. In addition, tips on how to use the media to gain brand awareness.  Facilitators: TBA & Emily Crawford (public media strategist).

3. Cause-Related Marketing 

Nordstrom plans to raise $5 million from cause related marketing campaigns by 2025. How are they going to do that? How do you become a part of that program and benefit from funds raised. Facilitator: TBA

4. Peer-To-Peer Fundraising

How do you plan and executive peer-to-peer fundraisers that will attract corporate sponsors? Facilitator: TBA

5. Corporate Giving 101

Are you or your organization new to Corporate Giving and not sure where to start? Learn where and how to begin and the critical success factors. Facilitator: Joy Stephens

12:30 PM

Lunch Break

1:00 PM

Yes, they can! Training Your Board to Support Corporate Outreach

Corporate giving, like most aspects of fundraising, is a team sport: the more people helping, the more you raise. Join us for a summary of the many ways that board and committee members can participate in your corporate outreach program, plus tangible tips to engage them more effectively and increase their confidence.

Speaker: Andy Robinson

1:30 PM

Attract corporate funders by strengthening your brand through proven marketing tactics

Companies partner with nonprofits whose cause compliments their business and whose brand is known and respected. How do you build awareness of your organization to attract corporate donors? It begins with understanding marketing.

Speaker: Professor and author Walter Wymer enlightens us to the fundamentals and you may be surprised what you learn.

2:05 PM



3:15 PM

Inclusivity: The I in DEI

Having a diverse team is critical to connecting with a broad donor base and increasing program efficacy. Continuing the conversation we started in 2022, our panel will discuss how you can help create an environment where people of all backgrounds feel comfortable and part of the team.

Panel: Blair Taylor (Accenture) and Jesse Rhodes (Amazon)

4:00 PM

Door Prizes and Closing Remarks

Conference Fee

Conference $155
Conference + Reception $190
Conference + Annual Pass for Monthly Workshops* $390
Conference + Reception + Annual Pass for Monthly Workshops* $425

* The Annual Pass for Monthly Workshops is for fourteen workshops offered between April 2023 and January 2024.

Become A Corporate Giving Conference Sponsor

Learn about sponsorship opportunities by emailing Joy Stephens at or phone 425.653.1575.

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