2010 Gurin Forum to Address Charitable Giving Studies

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Two panels to convene in New York Nov. 12; 2010 theme is: The Giving Count -- The Numbers: What Do They Measure? What Do They Mean? Why Do They Matter?

Two panels of experts from across the field of philanthropy research will be convened 8:30-10:30 a.m. Friday, Nov. 12, at the Yale Club of New York, 50 Vanderbilt Ave., New York City, to discuss charitable giving numbers and make sense of the conflicting studies that abound on the topic.

Under the auspices of The Gurin Forum, the panels focus attention on the significant issues facing the philanthropic sector today. The 2010 theme is: The Giving Count -- The Numbers: What Do They Measure? What Do They Mean? Why Do They Matter? The periodic forums are sponsored by Giving USA Foundation and Giving Institute: Leading Consultants to Non-Profits.

“As far as we know, no one has brought so many organizations offering giving data together for a public conversation about: a) how data differ b) why it matters c) why we have an obligation to address issues of public trust and/or skepticism and d) how can we use these data to inform the work of non-profit organizations, and the donors’ decision making,” said Henry “Hank” Goldstein, CFRE, chair of this year’s forum, which is co-sponsored by Giving USA FoundationTM and Giving Institute: Leading Consultants to Non-Profits.

“We believe practitioners, charitable organizations, media and donors would all like to alleviate the increasing confusion in the informed public mind. In that context we have invited representatives from several organizations to present their work,” he added.

The forum will consist of two hour-long panels, moderated by Goldstein.

The panelists tackling the discussion in the first hour will be:

Patrick Rooney, PhD
Executive Director
Center on Philanthropy at Indiana University

Bob Ottenhoff
President & CEO
Guidestar USA, Inc.

Paul Light, PhD
Paulette Goddard Professor of Public Service
New York University

Stacy Palmer, editor of the Chronicle of Philanthropy, will facilitate the discussion.

For the second hour, panelists will be:

Charles “Chuck” Longfield
Chief Scientist
Blackbaud, Inc.

Ann Kaplan
Director, Voluntary Support of Education Survey
Council for Aid to Education

John Havens, PhD
Senior Research Associate & Senior Associate Director
Center on Wealth & Philanthropy, Boston College

Ruth McCambridge, editor in chief of Nonprofit Quarterly, will be facilitator for the second panel.

There will be time for Q&A after each panel. There is no fee to attend the Forum, but advance registration is required by contacting Karyn Humprhies at khumphries (at) connect2amc (at) com.

These periodic forums are designed to honor Maurice Gilbert Gurin (1911-1990), a foremost leader and thinker whose involvement in philanthropy had a profound effect on its evolution and to stimulate dialogue, debate, research and education.

About Giving USA Foundation
Advancing the research, education and public understanding of philanthropy is the mission of Giving USA FoundationTM, founded in 1985 by the Giving Institute: Leading Consultants to Non-Profits (formerly American Association of Fundraising Counsel).

Headquartered in Glenview, Ill., the Foundation publishes data and trends about charitable giving through its seminal publication, Giving USA, and quarterly newsletters on topics related to philanthropy. Prior to the formation of the Foundation, Giving USA was published directly through the auspices of the AAFRC. The book has documented who gives what to whom for more than 50 years. For more information, visit http://www.givingusa2010.org.

About Giving Institute: Leading Consultants to Non-Profits
The Giving Institute was initially formed in 1935 by 11 leaders in the fundraising field. The code of ethics developed and promulgated by what was then the AAFRC is still in use today and has been adopted by many organizations. The group also created a standards of practice that all its members agree to follow. The Institute also is headquartered in Glenview. For more information, visit http://www.givinginstitute.org.

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