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Giving Innovation Summit 2019

 What Does a Changing Workplace Mean for Charitable Giving?

For more than half a century, workplace giving stood as one of the most distinctive elements of the United States’ democratic giving culture. Yet in the last decades, the foundations on which the practice was built—the large industrial firm, the stable, long-term workforce, and confidence in charitable intermediaries—have eroded. Workplace giving has evolved in response, incorporating new technologies (including digital platforms) and adapting to the changing nature of work in the 21st century.

Join the Urban Institute for panel discussions with leading researchers and practitioners who focus on workplace giving to examine those adaptations—technological, political, and cultural. We will ask what work means in contemporary American life and how those meanings can enhance, encourage, and perhaps even constrain charitable giving. And we will discuss what the long arc of the experience of workplace giving in the United States can tell us about the nation’s giving culture and how we might sustain and expand it in the decades to come.


Featured Speakers

  • Shena Ashley, Vice President, Nonprofits and Philanthropy, Urban Institute
  • Elizabeth T. Boris, Institute Fellow, Urban Institute
  • William Browning, Chief Strategy and Transformation Officer, United Way Worldwide
  • Bryan de Lottinville, Founder and CEO, Benevity Inc.
  • Chris Jarvis, Co-founder and Chief Strategy Officer, Realized Worth
  • Benjamin Soskis, Research Associate, Urban Institute
  • Beth Tyson, Senior Vice President, Campaign & Member Relations, EarthShare​
  • Jennifer Zisser, Director, The Greater Give


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Registration and breakfast will be available at 9:00 a.m. and the program will begin promptly at 9:30 a.m. Please contact [email protected] with questions regarding this event.

Support for this event is provided by Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.
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Date & Time Wednesday, July 31, 2019
Urban Institute 500 L'Enfant Plaza SW
Washington , DC , 20024
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  • Senior Research Associate
  • Institute Fellow