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DVG 2011 Fall Conference Highlights
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Philadelphia, PA | 11.3.11 

Thanks to the sold-out crowd of over 300 philanthropic and nonprofit leaders who turned out on November 3rd for our 2011 fall conference. We were thrilled by the tremendous interest in attending this year's event! From the moving words of our poets and stage-setting remarks from William Penn Foundation president Jeremy Nowak, to the compelling dialogue of our conversation and audience participants, to the humorous and insightful commentary by Paul Light, we've heard you found the program engaging, thought-provoking, and energizing. One attendee commented about her experience:

"I attended the DVG conference yesterday and found it to be very meaningful. There were many "ah ha" moments for me during the sessions. I found the poetry readings to be very inspiring. The conference was well planned, the speakers top notch, and the venue outstanding."

We are pleased to share some of the resources, photos and 
video highlights from our 2011 event.




  • DVG 2011 Conference Resource Guide  - includes speaker biographies, messages from our supporters and friends, and a sampling of articles that feature some of this year's best writing about the challenges faced by nonprofits and philanthropy during these times. 

    pecial note: Our apologies to D-L Wormley whose name was inadvertently omitted from the list of DVG Board Members in the printed version of the guide.

Additional articles of interest:

Occupy Wall Street's Beef With Big Business Should Concern Big Philanthropy
- By Vincent Stehle (Chronicle of Philanthropy, 10-16-11)

‘Disruptive Forces' Face Nonprofits
- By Nicole Wallace (Chronicle of Philanthropy, 10-17-11)


PHOTOS by Andrea Hollander


Attendees gather in the
Civic Space at WHYY


Leslie Hurtig, Public Health Management Corporation and Vanessa Briggs, Health Promotion Council


Kim Flaville, Connelly Foundation and Virginia Frantz, Montgomery County Foundation, Inc.


The audience engages in a dialogue with other
regional leaders about "What's Happening Now"


Endnote speaker Dr. Paul C. Light

Jamarr Hall receives a standing
ovation for his poem "Budget Cuts"

The Twin Poets performing
"You are Giving Life..."

CLICK HERE TO view a slideshow of event photos.
(To begin, click the 'Start Slideshow' link above the photos)



Poetic Voices

As a special feature of the 2011 conference, we invited several local poets to write and perform works that reflected on our theme, "Holding Together in High-Wire Times." 

Balance - By Beth Feldman Brandt
Budget Cuts - By Jamarr Hall
You Are Giving Life... - By the Twin Poets
Now and Always - By Julia López

>> Read the poems HERE

Setting the Stage

Jeremy Nowak, President and CEO of the William Penn Foundation, shared some of the key themes  -- such as innovation, legacy and focus on outcomes --that are informing his foundation's strategic planning process.


Dr. Paul C. Light entertained, enlightened and challenged attendees with his insightful and candid commentary on the state of the nonprofit sector. Dr. Light is introduced by DVG executive director Debra Kahn.

Leadership Conversation: What's Happening Now
Nadya K. Shmavonian, President of Public/Private Ventures led a dynamic conversation exploring new ways to think about our work and adapt our practice and strategies in response to the current challenges. 

Part I:
rah Jimenez, President and CEO, People's Emergency Center
Stacy Holland, CEO, Philadelphia Youth Network


Part II:
Patrick Bokovitz
, Director, Department of Community Development, Chester County
Jeffrey K. Gordon, Manager, Corporate Relations, PECO



Part III:
Virginia Frantz, President and CEO, The Montgomery County Foundation, Inc.
Donna Frisby-Greenwood, Program Director/Philadelphia, John S. and James L. Knight Foundation