Learn how culture and tradition impact charitable giving on July 16 during the Food For Thought presentation sponsored by the Indian River County chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals.
The complimentary event for local chapter members and their guests will be from 8:30 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. at Northern Trust Bank, 755 Beachland Blvd., Vero Beach.
The guest speaker is Dr. Lilya Wagner, CFRE and Director of “Philanthropic Service for Institutions,” a consulting office catering to faith-based organizations, including universities, schools, healthcare organizations, and social services. Dr. Wagner holds a doctorate in education from the University of Florida in Gainesville and has two master’s degrees in journalism and music. She has an extensive background in fundraising, including serving as Vice President for Philanthropy at Counterpart International in Washington, D.C. and director of the Women’s Philanthropy Institute at Indiana University.
By the time Dr. Wagner was 10 years old, she knew four languages, lived on three continents, and travelled to many different countries. Once a refugee from Estonia and now an international speaker, Dr. Wagner advises nonprofits across the globe to put their antenna up and become aware of the cultures of their clients and donors.
“Understanding how culture, tradition, religion and other related factors influence giving is vital when we do practice inclusivity in our donor outreach. It’s also a matter of respecting and cherishing those differences,” Dr. Wagner said.
For more information and to register for the presentation, visit http://www.afpindianriver.org/.
About The Association of Fundraising Professionals Indian River Chapter
The Association of Fundraising Professionals Indian River Chapter promotes professional development, networking and volunteer opportunities for local fund development professionals, and is committed to diversity as an ongoing proactive process in its governance, committees, membership, programs and activities. The chapter’s mission is to advance ethical philanthropy through education, peer support and advocacy, thus enabling individuals and organizations to better serve the diverse communities and people of Indian River County. The chapter holds regular educational sessions on various topics, and each November the chapter presents its National Philanthropy Day Celebration. Born out of the Treasure Coast AFP Chapter in 2006, AFP Indian River now has over 80 members, which reflects a cross-section of Indian River County’s nonprofit community, as well as the consultants and resource partners who serve the industry.