DVG Celebrates Silver Anniversary at 25th Annual Meeting
Wednesday, March 27, 2013
Posted by: Amy Seasholtz
2013 Members' Meeting explores 'The Chemistry of Philanthropy'
On March 20th, over 120 members of Delaware Valley Grantmakers
gathered at the Chemical Heritage Foundation in Old City Philadelphia to mark
the association’s 25th Annual Members’ Meeting.
Bloom called the meeting to order, welcoming members to DVG’s silver
anniversary gathering. Elaborating on
our theme, The Chemistry of Philanthropy, Bloom noted similarities between
the two fields, which are both grounded in the art and science of
transformation. In keeping with the chemistry analogy, Bloom offered her thanks
for some of the elements that
contribute to DVG’s ongoing formula
for success: the 13 new members who
joined DVG since last year’s annual meeting, event sponsor FMC, and DVG’s highly-engaged board of directors.
Governance Committee member Paul DiLorenzo took the stage to present the nominations for new
directors and officers. After acknowledging fellow committee members Sara Moran, Russ Johnson and D-L Casson, DiLorenzo presented the 2013 slate to the membership for
Two motions were offered: one for first- and second-term directors, and
another for 2013 officers. Unanimously approved for service commencing
|Ronnie Bloom||Paul Di Lorenzo|
The Comcast Foundation
United Way of Greater Philadelphia and Southern NJ
The Merchants Fund
William Penn Foundation
- President - Susan A. Segal, Lincoln Financial
- Secretary – Russell Johnson, North
Penn Community Health Foundation
- Treasurer – Valerie K. Martin, John Templeton
*elected to serve a
1-year term extension
Bloom returned to the podium to offer
appreciation and well-wishes to the directors who are retiring from DVG’s board.
Honored were: D-L Casson, Union
Benevolent Association; Heidi McPherson,
Chester County Fund for Women and Girls; Gregory
T. Rowe, The Pew Charitable Trusts; and Wes Somerville, previously of Prudential. On behalf of the membership, President-elect Susan Segal offered heartfelt thanks to outgoing president Ronnie Bloom for her
eight years of service on the board and for her leadership as president over
the past three years.
Debra Kahn then took the podium to deliver her Executive
Director’s report. After offering her personal thanks to the board
and membership for their continued support and commitment, she unveiled the
expanded narrative of the strategic plan framework, Sparking Solutions
for Greater Philadelphia, and elaborated on some first steps DVG is
taking toward implementing its new vision.
|Debra Kahn||Patricia LePera|
key initiative is a re-branding and communications project, which will serve as
an important tool to power and connect the elements of the strategic plan. DVG
selected the firm of SteegeThomson Communications to work with on
this effort, so Kahn invited their Senior Vice President Patricia LePera to offer a few words about their approach to branding.
LePera explained that a brand serves as the "front door” for an organization,
capturing its essence and serving as the basis upon which to build a
communication strategy that advances the organization's mission and goals. Branding
will be an important step to better positioning DVG as a catalytic, constructive
and collaborative partner for community change.
Next on the agenda was keynote
speaker Doug Bauer, executive
director of the Clark Foundation, which supports nonprofit organizations and
programs in education, human services, employment, and children/youth services
in New York City and Cooperstown, NY. Bauer’s talk, titled "A Grantmaking
Formula for the New Normal,” focused on three things grantmakers can do to empower grantees and help them be the best that they
can be: Provide General Operating Support; Fund Technical Assistance; and Support
Advocacy. Bauer argued that as grantmakers, we have enormous freedom and capacity
to take risk, so it is our responsibility to "embrace the economic and
political change and behave differently AND adopt a grantmaking formula for the
New Normal that is pragmatic and generates strength and leadership within our
>> CLICK HERE for a printed copy of Doug Bauer’s complete remarks.
The event concluded with
the Member Appreciation presentation.
Leading off was Lisa Farnin of IBM, who
welcomed The Rosenlund Family Foundation
as the 30th member of DVG’s A
League of Their Own – a special group
of organizations who have reached the 20-year membership mark. Accepting the
award on behalf of the foundation were trustee Stephanie Rosenlund Shim and executive director Dale Mitchell.
Kahn then introduced
Doers awards, the annual ceremony to express collective
appreciation to the members who go "above and beyond” to advance the association
in important ways. This year’s "honorable mentions” included over 80
individuals and organizations who contributed in the highly-valued categories
of volunteer leaders, members
contributing beyond dues, event hosts and early dues payers.
|Member Appreciation||Sarah Martinez-Helfman|
Next, DVG director of
member services Ashley Feuer-Edwards
presented individual recognition in two categories:
With final thank
you to all members for their continued support and engagement, and an
invitation to toast to the future at the reception, the meeting was adjourned.
SUPERNOVAS - Members who make connections that attract new recruits
to DVG: Sarah Martinez-Helfman,
Eagles Youth Partnership and Eagles Football Club; Bruce Melgary, Lenfest Foundation; and Andy Toy, Merchants Fund·
Members who constitute the most
frequent attenders at DVG programs and events: Ray Murphy, Bread and Roses Community Fund; Frances Sheehan, Brandywine
Health Foundation; Susan Sherman,
Independence Foundation; and Libby
Walsh, The Philadelphia Foundation
Photos by Barrie Blau Photography