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Why Charitable Giving Matters

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The state of charitable giving has a profound impact on hundreds of organizations throughout Central Ohio, ranging from mighty arts, healthcare, and higher education institutions to local civic clubs. Trends in giving affect all of them — from the decline of giving among “everyday households,” increasing dependence on high-net-worth donors, trends in corporate giving, and the rise of donor advised funds, this dynamic sector represents more than 12% of Ohio’s workforce–about as many as are employed in manufacturing. Join us following the June 25 release of Giving USA’s annual report on the state of charitable giving for a landmark conversation diving into the state and future of charitable giving. Opening remarks by Dan Sharpe, Vice President for Community Research and Grants Management, The Columbus Foundation.

Featuring Laura MacDonald, Principal & Founder, Benefactor Group (moderator); Dr. Una Osili, Associate Dean for Research and International Programs, Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy; Erika Gable, President, Association of Fundraising Professionals, Central Ohio Chapter; Rachel Lustig, CEO, Lutheran Social Services.