DEI and the Corporate Giving Landscape

Thursday, March 4, 2021 -
1:00pm to 2:00pm EST
Members: $0.00
Non-Members: $50.00
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Note: This program was rescheduled to March 4 from its originally scheduled date of February 4.     

Explore the corporate giving landscape, including racial equity initiatives, and how to apply these practices in business and corporate environments. Hear about philanthropy’s response to inequality with Laura MacDonald, board chair, Giving USA Foundation, and Courtney Falato, vice president and program officer of Global Philanthropy at JPMorgan Chase & Co. Both will share what advancing racial equity and inclusion initiatives look like in 2021 against the backdrop of a pandemic, racial injustice, and political transition.  

What You'll Take Away

1.    Grounding in the current corporate giving landscape.
2.    Examples of how corporate programs are investing in DEI initiatives and applying learnings from 2020.

Who Should Attend

Those working with or for corporate foundations and giving programs.


Laura MacDonald, Board Chair, Giving USA Foundation

Laura MacDonald has four decades of experience in the nonprofit sector. In 2000, she established Benefactor Group, a firm that works with healthcare, arts, culture, educational institutions, human service organizations, women’s funds and other groups that serve the common good as they pursue their vision of a better world. Benefactor Group has assisted hundreds of clients including universities, art museums, hospitals, global NGOs, and start-up community organizations. Before her role at Benefactor Group, Laura was Chief Development Officer at The Ohio State University’s Wexner Center for the Arts, where she also served as a senior development officer in the University’s $1.2 billion capital campaign.

Laura is constantly curious about innovations in fundraising and philanthropy and an astute storyteller. She is a frequent speaker at local, regional, and national conferences (AFP, AAM, AMDA, Fundraising Bootcamp, Ronald McDonald House, etc.) and has addressed hundreds of nonprofit boards. Her articles related to advancement and philanthropy have appeared in Advancing Philanthropy, Nonprofit Quarterly, and other professional publications. She is consulted widely by publications such as the New York Times, Ms. Magazine, Penta Barron’s, and the Chronicle of Philanthropy.

Courtney Falato, Vice President and Program Officer, Global Philanthropy, JPMorgan Chase & Co.

Courtney Falato has dedicated her career to disruptively innovating systems and processes so all individuals have equitable access to the opportunities needed to flourish in life. Ms. Falato is currently the Vice President for Global Philanthropy and Program Officer at JPMorgan Chase, responsible for setting the grant-making strategy in Ohio and Kentucky as a member of the firm’s Global Philanthropy team. Ms. Falato previously served as the Director of Smart Cities at The Ohio State University, leading the university’s engagement for Columbus’ $550M smart cities initiative, as well as the design and deployment of the university-wide smart campus program. Ms. Falato previously served as the Chief Innovation Officer for Dublin City schools and the Director of Innovation at Reynoldsburg City Schools. As a school district administrator, Ms. Falato was responsible for strategic planning, program implementation, fundraising, and relationship management with corporate, academic and community partners. As a researcher for over a decade, Ms. Falato focused on the implementation, spread and sustainability of innovative school models and programs in K12. Ms. Falato served as Associate Project Director at the University of Chicago’s Center for Elementary Mathematics and Science Education, Associate Director of STEM Projects at the Battelle Center for Mathematics and Science Education Policy at The Ohio State University, and an education researcher at American Institutes for Research in Washington DC. Ms. Falato received her B.A. in Political Science from The Ohio State University and her M.Ed. from the University of Virginia.


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About Corporate Giving Midwest Webinar Series

This series is designed for, but not exclusive to, staff and trustees working with corporate foundations or giving programs. Programs in this series are free to IPA members and are produced in partnership by IPA, Council of Michigan Foundation, and Philanthropy Ohio. UPCOMING WEBINARS  |  WEBINAR RECORDINGS

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