Philanthropy Day 2018: Press Release


Contact: Sarah Gaines, Director of Philanthropy

sgaines@thecne.org | 313-649-1375 (cell)


Center for Nonprofit Excellence Hosts Annual Celebration of Philanthropy

Leaders from Across the Region Gather to Highlight the Power of Philanthropy to Transform our Community


Charlottesville, Virginia — On November 15, 2018, the Center for Nonprofit Excellence (CNE) will host its Annual Philanthropy Day Luncheon to highlight the ways that philanthropy – whether given in time, talent, or treasure – transforms our community. Approximately 400 philanthropists, nonprofit professionals, and business and community leaders will gather for the luncheon.


This year’s Philanthropy Day speaker is Vu Le (“Voo Lay”), the Executive Director of Rainier Valley Corps, a Seattle nonprofit that promotes social justice by developing leaders of color, strengthening organizations led by communities of color, and fostering collaboration between diverse communities. Le is considered a national thought leader and truth teller on the unique role and challenges of nonprofits in a civil society, and he believes that building community is one of the most important things the nonprofit sector does. Known for his pointed observations delivered with a sense of humor, Le writes the blog NonprofitAF.com and he is the co-author of Unicorns Unite: How Nonprofits and Foundations Can Build Epic Partnerships.


Highlighting the event, CNE’s Executive Director, Cristine Nardi said, “Philanthropy Day is a celebration of the people who donate, volunteer, and give their skills and expertise to make a difference in the community. It’s also a time to come together to learn from each other and to learn from others as we strive to always do good work, better. This year we are excited to welcome Vu Le’s voice to our conversation, discussing the power of community between nonprofits, and between nonprofits and funders.”


Athena Gould, Executive Director of Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Central Blue Ridge and a member of the Philanthropy Day Host Committee, had this to say: “Philanthropy Day is more than just a lunch – it’s a forum to come together to celebrate and highlight the impact of giving. Vu Le has experience from across the country working with leaders of color. It’s exciting to have him bringing that experience to Charlottesville, and exciting that CNE is playing a larger role in expanding the conversation around diversity, equity, and inclusion in Charlottesville and with nonprofit leaders.”


News outlets may interview Vu Le and CNE leadership from 10:30am – 11:10am.


When: November 15, 2018 | 11:15am – 1:15pm


Where: The Pavilion at Boar’s Head Inn, 200 Ednam Dr., Charlottesville, VA 22903




About Center for Nonprofit Excellence

Center for Nonprofit Excellence (CNE) in Charlottesville, VA is the region’s nonprofit resource center. With over 290 members, CNE has built a dynamic community of practice. We are an honest broker, a trusted guide, and a voice for and about the nonprofit sector. From governance, leadership and management, to robust programs, data-driven evaluation, and collaboration, CNE invests in nonprofits because strong nonprofits create strong community.