Corporate Giving Conference

What lies ahead in the upcoming decade in the corporate giving space?
Online | September 10, 2020

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Corporate Giving Conference

The only conference for nonprofits that focuses on corporate philanthropy (grants), cause sponsorships, employee volunteerism, workplace giving and cause marketing all in one space.

This annual conference focuses on helping nonprofits identify and pursue corporate donors with the aim to increase their revenue thereby growing their organizations. We invite speakers from the corporate sector who are decision makers in awarding grants, authorizing sponsorships and handling cause marketing requests.


We have made the difficult decision to postpone the conference.

The jovial spirit at our conference means that attendees are shaking hands, hugging, chatting, laughing – so glad to see each other. You’ve been there – you know what it’s like. We would not have the same sense of warmth and cheerfulness this year. (Who wants to have to keep washing their hands?)

It is for this reason and the fact that we care about the health of our friends and colleagues, that we will meet on September 10th instead of March 11th. More information to come as we navigate this change.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact me at

Joy Stephens
Founder & President, Corporate Giving Network

Thank you to our 2020 Sponsors

Speaker Information

Mari Horita

NHL Seattle

Vice President of Community Engagement and Philanthropy

Marie-Claude Milot


Head of People, Culture & Engagement

Jesse Rhodes


Senior Manager Risk, Custom Billing Solutions, AWS Commerce Platform

Courtney Wallace

BNSF Railway

Senior Public Affairs Leader

Junelle Kroontje

King County

Employee Giving Program Manager

Tracy Wort

Symetra Financial Services

Assistant Director of Community Relations

Erin Combs

Formerly at Lyft & Starbucks

Marketing & Social Impact Leader

Ashley Monson


Social Impact Program manager


Amanda Course

Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

Communications Officer

John Delaney

Windstar Cruises


Ranna Daud

After-School All-Stars

Executive Director

Andrew Miller


Tech Lead Manager

Maya Hemachandra

Solid Ground

Resource Development Director

Rob Smith

Tiger Oak Media (Seattle Business Magazine)

Chief Operating Officer

Tara Jones

Girl Scouts of Western Washington

Chief Marketing and Philanthropy Officer

Thomasina Tafur

Thomasina Tafur Consulting


Heather Muir


Director of Goodness Enterprise Sales Executive

Kathy Parks


Career & Leadership Coach

Joy Stephens

Corporate Giving Network

Founder & President

Corporate Giving Conference 2019 Recap

2020 Corporate Giving Conference Agenda

What’s coming in 2020 and beyond? With a look to the future, our conference will have more tracts that ever before along with breakout sessions broken down into novice and experience levels.

Spend the day improving your skills in securing funding and support from the business community. Learn from executive level speakers who are experts in their field. Network with a diverse group of nonprofit professionals many with several years of experience in corporate giving and sponsorship.

The following six topics will be covered in detail:

1. Corporate Philanthropy (Grants)

2. Sponsorships, Endorsements & Underwriting

3. Cause Marketing

4. Employee Volunteerism

5. Workplace Giving

6. Skills building


Registration & Continental Breakfast


Welcome & Program Introduction

8:15 AM

Morning Keynote


Mari Horita – (NHL Seattle)

Ms Horita, Vice President Community Engagement and Philanthropy will kick-off our conference by sharing her plans for corporate giving at Seattle’s newest pro sports team, NHL Seattle. We are so grateful that Mari is with us as she has been on both sides of the desk having served as the President and CEO at ArtsFund for over seven years. At this nonprofit which resides in the arts sector, 90% of the funding came from the corporate community. She understands our challenges and knows what it takes to be successful in securing corporate support.

9:15 AM

Cause-Related Marketing | South Ballroom


Marie-Claude Milot (Darigold) and Tara Jones (NFP Girls Scouts of Western Washington), Lee Rhodes (Glassybaby) and Alexis Chavez (NFP Einstein Rising), Erin Combs (formerly Lyft and Starbucks)

Moderated by Erin Combs, (formerly of Lyft and Starbucks), discover what it takes to partner with a business in creating a mutually beneficial outcome: the business wins through increased revenue, a reputation that includes a ‘halo effect’ and customer loyalty. The nonprofit wins through increased awareness and revenue. Lots of variations exist – pick what will work for you.

10:30 AM

The Future Of Corporate Giving  | South Ballroom


Courtney Wallace (BNSF Railway), Ashley Monson (Tableau Software), and John Delaney (Windstar Cruises)

Moderated by Emily Parkhurst, (Publisher and President of the Puget Sound Business Journal) this discussion focuses on the future of corporate giving in 2020 and beyond. This year may be particularly challenging as it is an election year. Courtney, John and Ashley will begin by giving you an overview of their current corporate giving program.

11:30 AM

Skills Builder – Negotiation | Tract 1 | South Ballroom


Thomasina Tafur

Negotiations 101: Learn everything you need to know to get to “yes”!
Our instinct is to accept the gift from our corporate donor, say thank you and be glad we at least got something even though our objective for the meeting was to get ten times what we were offered. This session will give you the confidence and the skills to negotiate for a better ‘deal’ for your nonprofit.
You will learn how to: 1.) Recognize different negotiation strategies 2.) Better understand the buyer in front of you 3.) Know what a “win/win” outcome really looks like.

11:30 AM

Skills Builder – Emotional Inteligence & Personality Styles | Tract 2 | Room 250


Kathy Parks

How understanding Emotional Intelligence and your donor’s personality style helps you build better relationships and therefore outcomes.
Do you wonder why when you meet some people you automatically click and with others you just can’t form a connection? Do you wonder why some meetings go really well and others are uncomfortable and awkward? Do you wish you had more awareness around how to build relationships for better results for your nonprofit?

12:30 PM


Three course sit-down meal with vegetarian option

1:15 PM

Having big business on your board | North Ballroom

Jesse Rhodes (Amazon) + Ranna Raud (After-School All-Stars),  Andrew Miller (Google) + Maya Hemachandra (Solid Ground)

Moderator: Rob Smith (Seattle Business Magazine)

We know that a good board means a diverse board. Diversity comes in all forms including race, gender, age, socio-economic status, employment status etc. To that end, all nonprofits should have a member of its board employed by ‘big business’. The benefits to this are plentiful including 1.) access to business know-how 2.) Matching funds 3.) Payment for volunteer hours 3.) access to volunteers 4.) better chances of getting sponsorship, grants and workplace giving

2:30 PM

Employee Volunteerism & Workplace Giving | North Ballroom


Junelle Kroontje (King County), Tracy Wort (Symetra), Amanda Course (Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation)

Moderator: Heather Muir (Benevity). Ms Muir will lead a discussion on the importance of nonprofits engaging with their corporate donors’ employees. This is not always easy to do for some nonprofits but the effort must be made. More and more, companies are asking for opportunities for their employees to roll up their sleeves and volunteer at the nonprofits they support.

3:15 PM

$1,000 Grant awarded, Door Prizes and Closing Remarks


The Corporate Giving Conference will be held as a virtual event this year.

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