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Faith, Philanthropy & Change Conference Supports Those Serving in the Nonprofit Sector

Published: Jun 02, 2014

Taylor University is hosting the inaugural Faith, Philanthropy & Change conference this week on campus. The conference got underway today at noon and continues through tomorrow and until noon Wednesday.

Eighty attendees (many of them Taylor alumni and current students) representing 40 different organizations from 10 states have gathered on campus for a time of shared learning, insights, innovation, encouragement, and networking.

According to Dr. Ben Sells, Vice President for University Advancement at Taylor, a significant portion of Taylor alumni and friends choose the social sector – nonprofit organizations, ministries, and social entrepreneurship – to serve others and make a difference. “The goal of this conference is to serve Taylor University alumni and friends, as well as students who are currently or one day will be involved in the nonprofit sector,” said Sells.

Featured speakers include Jim Langley, President and Founder of Langley Innovations; Dan Benson, COO of American Senior Communities; Chris Horst, the Vice President of Development at HOPE International; and Dr. Eugene B. Habecker, President of Taylor University.

Schedule:

Monday, June 2nd               

 

10:00 am - 1:00 pm

Check-in

12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Lunch

1:00 pm - 1:30 pm

Welcome with Ben Sells, VP of Advancement, Taylor University

1:30 pm - 3:00 pm

Session 1: Cultivating the Conditions for Philanthropy with Jim Langley, President and Founder of Langley Innovations

3:00 pm - 3:30 pm

Networking Break

3:30 pm - 5:00 pm

Session 2: Gateways and Barriers to Nonprofit Success with Jim Langley

6:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Dinner and Session 3: Leadership in Philanthropy with Dan Benson '87, COO of American Senior Communities; and Gene Habecker '68, President of Taylor University 

 

 

Tuesday, June 3rd

 

7:00 am - 8:00 am

Breakfast

8:00 am - 8:30 am

Morning Devotional with Jay Kesler '58, President Emeritus of Taylor University

8:45 am - 10:15 am

Session 4: What Donors Want with Calvin Edwards, CEO and Founder of Calvin Edwards & Co.

10:30 am - 12:00 pm

Session 5: Measuring Outcomes and Evaluating Impact with Calvin Edwards

12:00 pm - 1:30 pm 

Lunch and Topic Discussion Groups

1:30 pm - 3:00 pm 

Session 6: Mission Drift: The Unspoken Crisis Facing Leaders, Charities and Churches with co-author Chris Horst '06, Vice President of Development at HOPE International   

3:00 pm - 3:30 pm 

Networking Break 

3:30 pm - 5:00 pm 

Session 7: Stories from "Mission True: Organizations with Chris Horst '06Dara Johnson '02, Senior Director of Operations at By The Hand Club for Kids; and Rob Staley '79, Founder and Executive Director of the Crossing Educational Center

6:00 pm - 8:30 pm 

Dinner and Session 8: Emerging Trends in the Nonprofit Sector Panel Discussion 

 

 

Wednesday, June 4th

 

7:00 am - 8:00 am

Breakfast 

8:00 am - 8:30 am 

Morning Devotional with Jay Kesler '58

8:45 am - 10:15 am 

Session 9: Financial, Tax and Legal Issues and Best Practices with Lowell Haines '75, Partner at Faegre Baker Daniels; and Nick Wallace, Partner at CapinCrouse 

10:15 am - 10:45 am 

Networking Break 

10:45 am - 12:15 pm 

Session 10: Creative Branding and Social Media with Nathan Hand, Blogger "Nonprofit Nate," and Director of Advancement at The Oaks Academy 

12:15 pm - 1:15 pm 

Lunch and Q&A with presenters 

1:15 pm 

Departures  


Hosted by the Office of Alumni Relations, a part of University Advancement, the Faith, Philanthropy & Change Conference is a service to Taylor alumni, parents and friends (and available to Taylor students) currently or prospectively serving in the nonprofit sector. 

The aim of the conference, to cultivate nonprofit impact, is an effort drawn from the mission of Taylor University, to develop servant leaders marked with a passion to minister Christ's redemptive love and truth to a world in need.