Next week on July 13th we will be hosting a Community Conversation on Veterans. This event is the second in a series titled “Welcoming Veterans Home” and is focused on community responses that leverage the experience and assets of returning vets. The conversation will take place at our Center for Community in our offices at 5260 N. Palm, Suite 122. Lunch will be served at 11:30am and the program begins at noon.

Since we launched the Center for Community last fall we have hosted monthly Community Conversations on a variety of topics. Our goal is to bring donors, organizations and professionals together to network and learn. Topics have included Arts and Culture, Planned Giving, Family Philanthropy and Teen Pregnancy Prevention. The conversations on veterans have been great examples of what we are hoping to achieve. Organizations and agencies that are working with vets have been able to meet one another, often for the first time, and share valuable information about where they see the most need and the solutions that are working. The professionals that we invite to present get the opportunity to be in front of an audience that is specifically interested in the information. And donors have the chance to learn about what is going on in the community and how they might invest their charitable dollars more effectively.

For fifty years we have been a partner in philanthropy in the Valley. As we begin our next chapter we want to expand our efforts and increase our impact. The goal is to increase the total number of philanthropic dollars at work and to make those dollars as effective as possible. One of the ways that we are working toward this goal is to use the Center for Community as a collaboration hub. The Center, and the Community Conversations held there, are a driving force in leveraging the potential and ultimately the impact of those who will shape the future of the Valley. If you have not yet had the chance to attend a Community Conversation here is a list of upcoming events. I hope to see you soon.

Community Conversations:

Welcoming Veterans Home Part 2 – Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Next Generation Philanthropy – Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Scholarships/Investing in Youth – Thursday, September 8, 2016

Impact Investing – Thursday, October 13, 2016

Veterans Part 3 – Tuesday, November 8, 2016

Environmental Sustainability – Thursday, December 8, 2016