As Good as It Gives: America’s Philanthropy Today 2018

June 14, 2018 | 8:00AM-10:00AM | Chicago, IL

Giving USA numbers and beyond

Alford Group, Lipman Hearne and the Baumhart Center for Social Enterprise and Responsibility at Loyola University hosted a morning of coffee and conversation.

Who is giving in America today? How much? And why? We presented the latest insights and trends around philanthropy in America and discussed the research and personas of the new Megadonor Archetypes.

Bringing together philanthropists and experts from the private, social and academic sectors, we spent the morning building on the data and trends in the Giving USA 2018 report.  We then shared and discussed the new research conducted by Lipman Hearne outlining five key donor profiles.

Key Speakers:

Sharon Tiknis and Diane Knoepke, both of Alford Group, shared perspectives on what is behind and beyond the Giving USA 2018 report findings. Sharon and Diane presented highlights from the report by prompting participants to consider specific actions they can take based on the current and expected state of American philanthropy. Sharon Tiknis Full Bio | Diane Knoepke Full Bio

Colleen O’Grady and Sara Stern, both of Lipman Hearne, presented the research behind the new Megadonor Archetypes and outlined the personas of the five key donor profiles.   Colleen O’Grady Full Bio | Sara Stern Full Bio

Brenda B. Asare, President and CEO of Alford Group, moderated a panel of experts in response to the Megadonor Archetypes presentation to determine what this new research means for the sector and how organizations are approaching and communicating with these audiences. Read Full Bio

Panelists included:


Patricia Barretto, President and CEO,  Joan W. and Irving B. Harris Theater for Music and Dance




Jason Baxendale, Chief Development Officer, The Chicago Community Trust




Jennifer W. Steans, President and CEO, Financial Investments Corporation

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