Philanthropy Day 2017

Annual Philanthropy

Day Luncheon

Program includes lunch, networking, keynote speech + Q&A
Tuesday, November 14th
from 11:15am – 1:15pm
Boar’s Head – The Pavilion

We are thrilled to welcome Michael F. Suarez, S.J. as this year’s Philanthropy Day Luncheon speaker. He is an author, a Jesuit priest, a truth-teller and a dynamic and engaging speaker who is passionate about the meaning of community.

He has captivated a wide range of audiences here at home and across the globe with speaking topics as diverse as his background. In 2010, he gave the keynote lecture at the University of Virginia’s Day of Dialogue entitled: Are We Our Brother’s Keeper? in which he discussed values and how a community can embody those values. In 2012, he held a flash seminar with Teresa Sullivan, UVA President, exploring “What is the good life?” Together, the group explored the definition of happiness, the role of suffering and failure, duties within a community and different ideas of “the good life.”

Michael has served as Director of the Rare Book School, Professor of English, University Professor, and Honorary Curator of Special Collections at the University of Virginia since 2009.

He formerly held a joint appointment as J. A. Kavanaugh Professor of English at Fordham University and as a Fellow and Tutor in English at Campion Hall, Oxford University. He received a D.Phil., M.St., and M.A./B.A. from Oxford University, an M.Th. and M.Div. from the Weston Jesuit School of Theology, and a B.A. from Bucknell University.

His book subjects have included various aspects of 18th-century English literature, bibliography, and book history, and he has held research fellowships from the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard University, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the American Council of Learned Societies, and the Folger Shakespeare Library. He is a CLIR Distinguished Presidential Fellow and a member of the Board of Trustees of the Library Company of Philadelphia, the Advisory Board of the Library of Congress Literacy Awards Program, the Council of the Bibliographical Society of America, and the Board of Managers of the Lewis Walpole Library at Yale University.

Thanks to our sponsors

Sustainer of Excellence

Wells Fargo

The Rimora Foundation

Host Committee

Aleen Carey, Chair, Teachstone

Deborah Bell Burks, Bell Funeral Home

Wendy Conklin, CFA Institute

Janine Dozier, Virginia Discovery Museum

Sarah Gaines, June Consulting

André Luck, CNE Board Fellow, Piedmont Virginia Community College

Kelley MacDougall

Jeanne McCusker, Home Instead Senior Care

Angie Oakey

Elizabeth Piper, Virginia Foundation for the Humanities

Katie Reid Shevlin, UVA Advancement

Alton Taylor, Community Volunteer

Eileen Walsh

Stephanie Snell, Charlottesville Skin and Laser Center

Philanthropy Day is CNE’s annual community celebration of giving that has as its goal to educate, motivate and inspire the philanthropist in all of us.

Philanthropy has an incredible transformative power in our nation, and is the engine that fuels our nonprofit sector. Philanthropy Day honors and celebrates this unique American tradition. As part of this event, CNE hosts a luncheon with a nationally-recognized guest speaker to provide new insights, strategies and perspectives on social innovation and effective philanthropy.

Each year Philanthropy Day draws a sold out crowd of over 400 philanthropists, business leaders, nonprofit professionals and elected leaders. Join us.

For more information, please contact Cristine Nardi, Executive Director, at (434) 951-9043 or

© Center for Nonprofit Excellence 2017
Designed and developed by Convoy

Contact Us

Center for Nonprofit Excellence
1701-A Allied Street
Charlottesville, VA 22903

Office Hours

Mon – Thurs: 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Fri: 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM