10th Anniversary: Fall Speaker Series Announced

The Center is proud to present four events as part of the fall speaker series this year.  All events will be virtual and registration is required via our Eventbrite page.  The speakers in the series range from full-time academics to those working in nonprofit organizations and those in between.

August 28, 12-1:30 pm “Funding Feminism: Monied Women, Philanthropy, and the Women’s Movement”

To commemorate the 100th anniversary of the ratification of the 19th amendment granting women the right to vote, Dr. Joan Marie Johnson will discuss how a group of affluent white women from the late nineteenth through the mid-twentieth centuries advanced the status of all women through acts of philanthropy.  Dr. Johnson is a historian and author. She is the author of numerous books and articles on American’s women history, race, social reform, education, and philanthropy including the book for this presentation “Funding Feminism” (2017). She received her Ph.D. in women’s and Southern history from the University of California, Los Angeles.  She was the co-founder and co-director of the Newberry Seminar on Women and Gender at the Newbery Library in Chicago.

September 23, 9 – 10:30 am “Nonprofits: Paving the Path Forward”

In light of COVID-19, the nonprofit sector has continued to thrive to meet the (likely increased) needs of those we serve. At the same time, we’ve been charged with a complex reality that includes working remotely, protecting our essential workers on the frontlines, budget cuts, programmatic regulations, board engagement challenges, and reimagined fundraising plans. Join Evolve Giving Group for a conversation with top nonprofit leaders and fundraising professionals to hear what they’ve done to triumph in these tough times and recommendations for your organization as you re-open or continue to pivot during this unprecedented time.

Moderators: Jamie Klobuchar, Executive Vice President Evolve Giving Group; Erika Moczulewski, Senior Associate Consultant Evolve Giving Group

Panelists: Jamie Lake, Director of Development, Keshet; Julio Paz, Chief Development Officer, Chicago Commons; Laura Sabino, Executive Director, Lake County Haven

October 6, 12- 1:30 pm “Madam C.J. Walker and Heritage of African American Philanthropy”

Dr. Tyrone McKinley Freeman from the Lilly School of Philanthropy at Indiana University will discuss his new book “Madam C. J. Walker’s Gospel of Giving”. African Americans give at least $11 billion to nonprofits each year. Despite the toll that four centuries of slavery and discrimination have taken on black earnings, African Americans regardless of their economic status, have long given generously of their money and time. Freeman’s research is the first in-depth scholarship on Walker’s philanthropy, what motivated it, and its impact.  “Madam C.J. Walker was not just a wealthy entrepreneur who also happened to give to charity. She was a major philanthropist of the early twentieth century for whom giving was a central way of living and being from her earliest days,” Freeman said.  The new book will be released on October 12.

November 9, 12 – 1:00 pm “Learning from Community”

Dr. Laura Ruth Johnson, Associate Professor in the College of Education and faculty associate of the Center for Nonprofit and NGO Studies, will explore how she engages with the community in her research and why it’s so critically important for scholars to do so. Dr. Laura Ruth Johnson has spent over 25 years observing the lives, struggles and triumphs of Pregnant & Parenting Youth (PPY) in Chicago. Johnson previously served as director of the Family Literacy Center, a program of the Puerto Rican Cultural Center located in Chicago’s Humboldt Park neighborhood. She researches the experiences and beliefs of Latinx and African American PPY; mentorship, advocacy, and school-based support programs for PPY; and youth civic engagement within minority communities. Her more recent work examines the role of grassroots, community knowledge in the development of collaborative university-community partnerships. She is also the author of “Community-based Qualitative Research: Approaches for Education and the Social Sciences” (2017).



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