National Philanthropy Day Award & Nonprofit Business Leadership Summit 2020


The Association of Fundraising Professionals Greater Philadelphia Chapter (AFP-GPC) celebrated National Philanthropy Day on November 13th, 2020 ― virtually this year.

They recognized five outstanding organizations and foundations that have made an impact in our communities during the Covid-19 pandemic. During this virtual awards event, they presented their prestigious awards ― along with moving stories of impact ― to the Philadelphia Orchestra, Sunday Breakfast Rescue Mission, PHL Covid-19 Fund, the Black Doctors COVID-19 Consortium…and The Satell Institute.

The nominating committee felt that the Institute’s unique Satell Million Dollar Match—a reaction to the devastating effect of the pandemic on the nonprofit community—stood out. Nonprofits, hit by declining resources and funding, at the same time the demand for services grew to unmatched proportion, were reeling in late Spring. Satell is thrilled with this important recognition and the powerful impact that the match has made to date.

Ed Satell, Founder & Chairman of the Institute, dedicated one million dollars of his own funds to kickstart this effort. He then challenged the Members of the Institute, many of whom had already given extensively to the community, to match these funds, in increments of $10,000, through gifts to their Nonprofit Affiliates. And the altruistic, enthusiastic response of the Members and civic leaders was outstanding—not only was the $1,000,000 matched ($2,000,000 total), but an additional $954,000 was added through their generosity.

The Satell Institute thanks the Association of Fundraising Professionals for this recognition of its Mission and the Corporate Social Responsibility commitment of its Members. The Tribute video, featuring the comments of our Executive Vice Chair, Anthony J (Tony) Conti, will be available on this site on Monday, November 16th.

Next Tuesday, November 17th, the Satell Institute will present its second annual Nonprofit-Business Leadership Summit, a special benefit for the Nonprofit Affiliates of the Institute. Live streamed from the Franklin Institute, this event features an outstanding keynote, a business executive panel and the Institute’s hallmark, peer idea-sharing sessions.

The topic is particularly compelling for November 2020—Gaining & Keeping Corporate-Nonprofit Partnerships in Challenging Times.    Our Keynote will be presented by Pedro Ramos, President & CEO, Philadelphia Foundation, one of the first community foundations in the nation, who has spent his career guiding organizations through critical inflection points and redefining how those organizations support and communicate with the communities they serve.

The interactive “Panel of CSR  Practitioners” offers thoughts from Jim Dever, Market President, Bank of America, who brings perspective gained in his role helping individuals, families and businesses meet their financial needs and as lead of the bank’s local community engagement work; Dan Koval, Global Corporate Initiatives Manager, Bentley Systems, sharing his involvement managing corporate giving and community outreach all around the globe;  Romona Riscoe Benson, Director – Corporate and Community Relations, PECO, addressing her experiences gained forging regional partnerships with nonprofits for community impact;   Michael J. Van Wagner, Vice President of Public Affairs, NJM Insurance, speaking to the service, integrity and financial stewardship learned in his leadership role in corporate giving, and our Keynote, Pedro Ramos.

The Institute is proud that a number of Corporate and Foundation Members volunteered to serve as Moderators and participants in the idea sharing sessions.  These were a huge hit at the 2019 Summit and are much anticipated for Tuesday.

If you are a Nonprofit Affiliate of the Institute and have not yet signed up, please contact immediately.  There will be no sign-up available on the day of the conference.

We look forward to seeing more than 100 of the region’s top nonprofit executives, as well as several dozen business Members, at Tuesday’s exciting and inspiring event!

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