South Jersey women give a lot, in ways that are as boundless as they are visionary. On the morning of March 20, women will gather for Why We Give,
an event that explores what makes female philanthropy unique. It’s the first symposium of South Jersey women’s organizations that have philanthropy and volunteerism as part of their mission. Representatives from a wide range of collective giving groups, family foundations, social groups, sororities, and nonprofits are participating.
The keynote speaker, Dr. Debra Mesch of the Lilly School of Philanthropy & Women’s Philanthropy Institute at Indiana University, will discuss the powerful impact of women’s movements and ways women’s giving differs from men’s. Two panels, Why We Give and How We Give, will showcase a diverse mix of local women’s giving initiatives and foundations while providing insights into how and why investing time, talent and treasure can strengthen communities. Jennifer Lewis-Hall, WPHL17 community relations manager and anchor of “In Focus” will moderate the panel.
“There are many communities of women quietly making a difference in South Jersey. Unfortunately, they don’t know that each other exist,” says Kyle Ruffin, chair of Why We Give. “We hope to introduce them and open the door for potential collaboration and greater impact.”
Experts at the table
Keynote speaker Dr. Debra J. Mesch is an expert on the role of gender in philanthropy. She holds the Eileen Lamb O’Gara Chair in Women’s Philanthropy at Indiana University and studies the factors that shape gender-based giving patterns such as age, religion, income, marital status and more.
Panelists include representatives from Alpha Kappa Alpha, Theta Pi Omega Chapter, Continental Societies, Inc. SJ Chapter, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. South Jersey Alumnae Chapter, Hindu American Foundation, Impact 100 South Jersey, Moms Demand Action, Jewish Community Foundation, Jewish Family & Children Services of SNJ, Pascale Sykes Foundation, and Thrive Public Affairs. Closing remarks will be given by June Grushka-Rosen, M.Ed., founder and CEO of ExtraordinarYou and The Extraordinary Women’s League.
Why We Give will take place March 20 from 8:30 am to 12:00 pm at Rowan College of Burlington County (900 College Circle, Mt. Laurel). Admission is $20. More information is available at buff.ly/2RyR3P4.
This Women’s History Month event is in partnership with diverse local groups that include Impact100 South Jersey, Moms Demand Action, the Jewish Community Foundation, India Temple Association, Continental Societies SJ Chapter, Jewish Family & Children Services and Community Foundation of South Jersey and Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. South Jersey Alumnae Chapter.
The event is sponsored by the Community Foundation of South Jersey, Weber Gallagher and Rowan College of Burlington County.