Spring 2023 Philanthropy Day Summit

Reimagining Philanthropy for a Healthier Democracy

Wednesday, March 29, 2023  |  9:00AM – 2:00PM  |  The Wool Factory

Democracy? What does the social impact sector have to do with it? Find out on Wednesday, March 29th at The Wool Factory!

We’re excited to present: CNE’s Spring 2023 Philanthropy Day Summit. In line with our theme this year, and with lessons from the pandemic as well as feedback from people like you, we are reimagining this annual community celebration of giving to provide a new venue, new content, and new opportunities to engage. What hasn’t changed is our mission to celebrate the philanthropist in all of us, and the power of our collective philanthropy to transform us and our communities.

This evolution aligns with CNE’s strategic plan and our dynamic framework to enhance Virginia social impact sector, the 7 Actionable Principles for a Strong Social Sector.

This year’s theme is “Reimagining Philanthropy for a Healthier Democracy.” You may be asking yourself, “Democracy? …What does the social impact sector have to do with it?” Our answer — a lot!

Our keynote speakers, Kristen Cambell and Robert Dortch, and our local Community Conversations facilitators, will provide you with national and local perspectives – as well as actions you can take – to reimagine a mission-centered philanthropy while using the power of the social impact sector to activate civic engagement – the cornerstone of a healthy democracy. This event welcomes folks from local government, the private sector, nonprofits, higher education, as well as grassroots community volunteers and advocates all united in their efforts to build equitable, thriving, and just communities for all. We hope you see yourself in this community of practice and that we’ll see you on Wednesday, March 29, 2023, from 9AM – 2PM at our new venue, The Wool Factory, to learn more about how you can Reimagine Philanthropy for a Healthier Democracy.

This event is currently sold-out for in-person attendance. Please register using the button above for virtual attendance.


Philanthropy Day Summit Schedule

Morning Summit: 9:00AM – 11:00AM

The Complete Summit: 9:00AM – 2:00PM

In registering for this year’s Philanthropy Day Summit, you can choose to attend the Morning Summit only OR the Complete Summit, which includes the Afternoon Summit (lunch and a Community Conversation).



Our Speakers

Kristen Cambell – CEO of Philanthropy for Active Civic Engagement (PACE)

Kristen Cambell is CEO of PACE (Philanthropy for Active Civic Engagement), a philanthropic laboratory for funders seeking to maximize their impact on U.S. democracy and civic life.  She has served in this capacity since July 2015.

Previously, Kristen was an independent consultant, focusing primarily in civic engagement, education, and leadership.

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Robert Dortch – Board Chair, Philanthropy Southeast

Robert L. Dortch, Jr. is a nationally recognized philanthropic thought-leader, whose career as an entrepreneur and executive spans more than 25 years in the for-profit, faith-based, philanthropic, and non-profit sectors.

Currently, Robert is the Strategic Philanthropic Coach & Consultant for Dortch Group, which specializes in leveraging innovation, equity, and partnerships to make catalytic placed-based philanthropy accessible in the board room, philanthropic institutions, and the non-profit sector.

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Afternoon Summit - Community Conversations

  • #1: Democracy?...What Does The Social Impact Sector Have To Do With It?

    Nonprofit Staff, Board Members, Community Partners, & Funders Welcome

    We all know about our social sector peers that have democracy-building as a mission, but what are everyday actions – like grassroots advocacy, promoting civic engagement, consensus-building, and engaging in allyship and coalition-building – we all can take as the social impact sector to promote a healthier democracy? Join Kristen Cambell of Philanthropy for Active Civic Engagement (PACE) for an action-focused conversation about the ways in which any social impact organization, with any mission can promote a healthier democracy.

  • #2: Reimagining Philanthropy - How Nonprofits Can Take Action

    Nonprofit Staff & Board Members Welcome

    As nonprofit practitioners, we work hard to develop relationships with a range of funders who are best-suited to fund our work. And while dollars are important, we know that the time, talent, ties, and testimony provided by our supporters are equally important to our organizational health and missions. Join Cristine Nardi, Center for Nonprofit Excellence, for an interactive conversation to explore tangible steps we as nonprofits can take to center our missions in our philanthropy, build healthier relationships with funders, and envision a new, more inclusive culture of philanthropy.

  • #3: Reimagining Philanthropy - How Funders Can Take Action

    Funders Welcome

    The crises of the past few years have tested us all, and many funders have risen to the occasion with creative and responsive funding practices designed to meet this moment. Join us as we highlight some of these practices and explore what we want to bring with us into funding of the future. This interactive workshop will share specific grantmaking strategies and lessons learned, explore the support we need to embrace new practices, and expand the framework by adding your ideas and resources. This session is discussion-based where we will learn from and co-create with each other. Join Robert Dortch, Philanthropy Southeast, and Holly Hatcher, Hatcher Consulting, on this funding exploration.

Our Host Committee

  • Chairs

    Erin Malec, Southern Environmental Law Center

    Gloria Rockhold, Retired – Albemarle County Public Schools

  • Members

    Beverly Adams, University of Virginia

    Warren Buford, St. Anne’s-Belfield School

    Daniel Fairley, City of Charlottesville

    Marcela Foshay, Loring Woodriff Real Estate

    Sarah Gaines, Opus Partners

    Dawn Heneberry, Old Dominion Capital Management

    Michelle Hernandez, Leading Elephants

    André Luck, Piedmont Virginia Community College

    Shawn Mulligan, VMDO Associates

    Louis Nelson, University of Virginia

    Lia Norton, Apex Clean Energy

    Evette Roots, Wells Fargo

    Todd Rowley, Old Dominion National Bank

    Travis Simpson, Hantzmon Wiebel, LLP

    Valerie Washington, Blue Ridge Abortion Fund


If you’re interested in sponsoring the Spring 2023 Philanthropy Day Summit, you can learn more on our Sponsorship page.

Our Sponsors


For a full Philanthropy Day 2021 recording, check out our Philanthropy Day 2021 page.