Consortium hosts annual event to encourage local philanthropy

EMPORIA, Kan. – The 2017 Advancing Philanthropy in the Flint Hills workshop will present Robert Swanson, president and CEO of Swanson House Inc. This year’s event is 8:30 to 10:45 a.m. Tuesday, April 25, at Flint Hills Technical College.

Swanson will present “Dynamics of Philanthropy & Major Gift Fundraising.”

The annual event is provided at no cost for individuals, organizations and professional advisors to learn about initiatives and resources to help support their work. Advancing Philanthropy in the Flint Hills is made possible by the Consortium for Continuing Education – Emporia Community Foundation, Emporia State University Foundation, and Flint Hills Technical College Foundation.

“This is the third year for the consortium,” said Shirley Antes, Emporia Community Foundation executive director. “The three foundations believe in the power of philanthropy to change lives and improve communities. Providing this annual educational program serves both nonprofit organizations and professionals who work with donors.”

“This partnership’s goal is to increase the number of professionals who better understand philanthropy, ultimately helping communities in the Flint Hills grow and prosper,” said Shane Shivley, president of the Emporia State University Foundation.

Mike Crouch, vice president of advancement for Flint Hills Technical College, said, “The college’s foundation is proud to be a partner in providing educational opportunities for area professionals.”

Registration begins at 7:30 a.m. Tuesday, April 25. Breakfast is catered by the tech college chef and culinary arts students. The cost is $10 per meal. Introductions and opening remarks begin at 8:15 a.m., followed by the program at 8:30 a.m. Advance registration is required. Registrations may be submitted by emailing [email protected] by Tuesday, April 18, or by calling 620-342-9304.

The event is open to the public. Attorneys, certified public accountants, nonprofit organizations, financial advisors and insurance agents are highly encouraged to attend.

Information thanks to Emporia State University.


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