IPA's 2020 conference brings new ideas and best practices from across the industry to foundations, corporations, and other impact-minded professionals working to enhance our society and environment. Join us in Indianapolis for three days of inspiration, connection, and learning.
Philanthropy Leads features dozens of sessions with national and local thought-leaders sharing opportunities to increase organizational impact and support community innovation. IPA has also partnered with Conscious Capitalism Indianapolis on sessions that level-up business practices for social and civic engagement resulting in organizations with higher purpose, profits, and stakeholder impact.
This year marks IPA's 30th anniversary. Register now to join us as we celebrate throughout the conference with special guests and activities.
Durfee Foundation | Trust-Based Philanthropy Project
Carrie Avery is president of the Durfee Foundation in Los Angeles, California, and serves on the Steering Committee of the Trust-Based Philanthropy Project. The Durfee Foundation focuses on leadership by providing fellowships, grants to new organizations, and sabbaticals to long-time nonprofit leaders. Carrie comes from a family whose wealth was quite literally built on a small idea that stuck. Her grandfather, R. Stanton (Stan) Avery invented the self-stick adhesive label in 1935 and built a $5 billion business around it—a business that, among other things, created automatic label dispensers, in-line label printing machines, and the self-adhesive postage stamp. Being able to offer timesaving innovations—products that could ease mundane tasks and free people up to do other things—was important to Stan. He was a passionate inventor who prized creative space. But in 1960, he took that passion one step further when, together with his wife Dorothy Durfee Avery, he founded the Durfee Foundation to reward individual innovation and leadership. Stan Avery died in 1997, but the Durfee Foundation is still run by family members. In fact, the family's third generation took the helm in 1993, when Carrie became the foundation's president and board chair. She attributes this unusual continuity, in large part, to the values that built the foundation to begin with. By using an innovative sabbatical program, an initiative introduced by Carrie, she is translating her grandfather's values into the third generation of family involvement with Durfee.
Indianapolis Colts | Fight for Life Foundation
Marlin Jackson is a former Indianapolis Colts and Philadelphia Eagles player and Super Bowl XLI Champ, as well as the president of the Fight for Life Foundation. Marlin grew up in Sharon, Pennsylvania, where he and his siblings endured a difficult childhood environment as the result of a mother who battled drug addiction and an absent father. He has described feeling numb to the world, drifting from place to place until he found his escape and new home at the University of Michigan. After his retirement from the National Football League, Marlin has done everything he can to ensure a brighter path for the underprivileged youth of Sharon and Indianapolis, where he played five NFL seasons. Founded in 2007, Marlin's Fight for Life Foundation seeks to enable emotional growth, self and social awareness, physical wellness, and life balance in its participants. The program begins in elementary school where kids participate in the Building Dreams stage, an in-school or after-school program that rewards communication, literacy, and academics and seeks to build a stronger family-community bond. Fight for Life has aligned its curriculum with Casel's Social Emotional Learning (SEL) and Indiana Common Core English Language Arts standards to ensure that their students are where they need to be among their peers.
Jason Franklin, Ph.D.
Johnson Center for Philanthropy | Ktisis Capital Advisors
Jason Franklin, Ph.D. serves as the W.K. Kellogg Community Philanthropy Chair at the Johnson Center for Philanthropy, the nation’s first endowed chair focused on community philanthropy. Additionally, he is President of Ktisis Capital Advisors through which he serves as a strategic advisor to a mix of progressive individual donors, families, foundations, and philanthropic collaboratives. Jason serves as board chair of the Proteus Fund; co-founder and chair of the Solidaire Donor Network; and on the boards of both the Threshold Foundation and Michigan Civic Education Fund. He is also an advisory board member of Our LGBT Fund at the Grand Rapids Community Foundation and a member of Threshold’s High Impact Documentary Funding Circle, the West Michigan Progressive PAC, and WINGS: Worldwide Initiatives for Grantmaker Support. Prior to his appointment as the Kellogg Chair, Jason served as executive director of Bolder Giving, an organization that inspired people to give big and take more risks with their philanthropy, and he was credited by Melinda Gates as an inspiration for the billionaire Giving Pledge. He received his Ph.D. in Public Administration from New York University’s Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service, where he also held an appointment for ten years as an award-winning adjunct professor teaching about philanthropy and social change.
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