TODAY! Faith and Philanthropy: Living Your Beliefs Through Your Giving

At 2:00 PM ET on Thursday, April 29th, join Philanthropy Women for an enlightening conversation on how your faith can inform your philanthropy. Faith and Philanthropy: How To Live Out Your Beliefs Through Your Giving will be a vibrant conversation on the role of mission-based giving.

From the changing role of religious institutions in relation to nonprofits and how ways of giving have evolved over time, the latest iteration in our webinar series will examine how we as women in philanthropy can live out our faith through our giving practices.

Moderated by Kiersten Marek, this panel will include: Yolanda F. Johnson, Founder of Women of Color in Fundraising and Philanthropy and President of Women In Development, New York; Dr. Helen LaKelly Hunt, author of Faith and Feminism: A Holy Alliance and lifelong donor activist for women; Emily Nielsen Jones, President of the Imago Dei Fund; Dr. Jane Karlin, Adjunct Professor, NYU, and Board Member, Women of Reform Judaism; and Nikki Toyama-Szeto, Executive Director of Christians for Social Action.

We hope you’ll join us for this one-of-a-kind event! To register for this FREE event, simply grab a seat while spots remain. We’ll see you there!

What is the Faith and Philanthropy Webinar?

Faith and Philanthropy: How To Live Out Your Beliefs Through Your Giving is the next iteration of Philanthropy Women‘s webinar series. Our events tackle current trends and past events alike, offering a comprehensive look at the day’s topic through a multifaceted lens.

During the Faith and Philanthropy webinar, we’ll explore the critical questions surrounding faith and philanthropy. With current events in mind, we’ll discuss the ways faith leaders can bring a gender and racial lens to their philanthropy, as well as ways that race and gender consciousness in philanthropy can be better aligned with faith communities.

Diving deeper into women’s giving, we’ll explore the ways women donors and activists can work to reform the faith communities to which they belong. We’ll also examine one of the largest trends in philanthropy — the fact that the majority of charitable funding in the US is still going to churches. With this historic and informational background in mind, we’ll discuss what we can do to maximize these faith-based connections to create more equity and social justice in the world.

Meet the Speakers

Dr. Helen LaKelly Hunt

Dr. Helen LaKelly Hunt is one of a small army of women who helped to seed the women’s funding movement. She co-founded the Texas Women’s Foundation, The New York Women’s Foundation, Women’s Funding Network and Women Moving Millions.

Helen is the author of Faith and Feminism: A Holy Alliance, and her latest book, And the Spirit Moved Them, The Lost Radical History of America’s First Feminists, shares the inspiring story of the abolitionist feminists.

With her partner, Harville Hendrix, Helen has also authored several books on improving relationships. They are now working to disseminate Safe Conversations, a process that can help anyone shift from conflict to connection.

Yolanda F. Johnson

With more than two decades of experience in the non-profit sector, Yolanda F. Johnson has successfully led fundraising operations for a wide range of non-profit organizations, launching creative event, sponsorship and marketing initiatives that produced new streams of both contributed and earned income. Her fundraising expertise includes securing foundation, corporate, and government funding and cultivating a diverse major gifts portfolio.

In addition to leading YFJ Consulting, LLC, Yolanda is the Founder of WOC, Women of Color in Fundraising and Philanthropy®, Founder of Allies in Action Membership Network and President of Women In Development (WID), NY, the NYC area’s premier professional organization for women in fundraising and philanthropy. Yolanda has also had an outstanding career as a performing artist, as a composer, as a producer, as an educator, and she has used her background as a performer to become a sought-after fundraising and philanthropy expert.

Her leadership roles include: serving as an International Advisory Board member and the former Representative for the Foundation for Post Conflict Development to the United Nations; a member of the board of directors of the Lehman College Art Gallery; a member of the board of trustees of the Hudson River Museum and a member of the PowHer NY board of directors. A trailblazing figure on the national fundraising landscape, Yolanda is the first African American President in the 40-year history of WID. She co-established the WID Diversity and Inclusion Task Force and is often a featured expert on incorporating DEI initiatives into organizational culture. She appears frequently on national and international platforms as a keynote speaker, panelist and moderator. Yolanda is also a member of the Chronicle of Philanthropy Advisory Committee of national leaders in the non-profit sector and raised by a Baptist minister with faith at the core of her upbringing and approach to life, she serves as the worship leader at her church in Westchester, NY.

Emily Nielsen Jones

Emily is a donor-activist engaged in promoting human equality, justice, and peace around the world. She is particularly passionate and engaged in the nexus of faith, gender, and development and working to mobilize faith traditions to more fully and unambiguously embrace gender equality.

In her role at the Imago Dei Fund, Emily has helped the foundation adopt a “gender-lens” in its grantmaking with a particular focus on partnering with inspired female change agents, locally and around the world. Emily is actively engaged in the women-led philanthropy movement, is the author of numerous articles, and is a member of Women Moving Millions, the Women’s Donor Network, and a newly forming Refugee Funders Alliance where she is working to create a COVID19 fund focused on getting funding to women’s groups on the front lines of the refugee response.

Emily is also a trained spiritual director who enjoys talking with people about their spiritual journeys. Emily serves and has served on the boards of New England International Donor Network, the Boston Women’s Fund, Union Theological School, Nomi Network, Girl Rising, Tostan, and Sojourners Founders’ Circle.

Dr. Jane Karlin

Jane F. Karlin has enjoyed a distinguished career raising funds and leading institutional advancement programs in secular and faith-based organizations.

Since her first development role at Pace University, she has held senior positions at New York University, Hadassah, Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion, and The Jewish Agency for Israel. She has secured transformational gifts, built fundraising capacity, developed board leadership, enhanced donor communication and stewardship, and motivated staff and volunteers to achieve aspirational goals.

In June 2019 she retired from the Jewish Agency, where she was Senior Vice President for Israel and Global Philanthropy, to pursue teaching, research, and volunteer service. She is an Adjunct Associate Professor at the George H. Heyman Jr. Program for Philanthropy and Fundraising in the Center for Global Affairs at the NYU School of Professional Studies. Her Board service includes the Skidmore College Alumni Association and Women of Reform Judaism, supporting Reform congregations in the United States and Canada. A former President of Women in Development New York, she holds degrees from Skidmore College (BA), Brown University (MA), and New York University (Ph.D).

Nikki Toyama-Szeto

Nikki Toyama-Szeto is the Executive Director of Christians for Social Action, a network of scholar/activists. She helps Christians have a faith-fueled engagement with justice issues. CSA educates and empowers people through innovative programs, to engage with justice issues on both
personal and systemic levels. Founded by Ron Sider, the author of “Rich Christians in an Age of Hunger”, CSA modesl the deep scriptural engagement and tangible social action.

Before coming to CSA in 2017, she served in leadership positions at International Justice Mission, the Urbana Conference and InterVarsity Christian Fellowship. She loves working with communities around the world, whether through scripture, thoughtful reflection on leadership, or stirring the spiritual imagination.

Christians for Social Action was originally Evangelicals for Social Action but changed its name in Sept 2020. As seen on NPR, Newsweek, Religious News Service, and Christianity Today: Nikki writes and teaches on the intersection of faith and justice. She serves as a “Leading Voice” for the Missio Alliance. Her work was profiled in Outreach Magazine’s Leadership
Issue (Sept 2017 Cover), Christianity Today’s, “Who’s Next?” and Rejuvenate Magazine’s “40 under 40”.

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