The Wallis Presents Free Virtual Panel Discussion About Radical Philanthropy In 2020 And Beyond

She also leads the research and publication of Giving USA, the annual report on American philanthropy. She is joined by panelists Michael Fleming, …

The Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts presents Center Stage: A Fundraiser’s Guide to Radical Philanthropy in 2020 & Beyond, an invigorating and informative live virtual panel discussion moderated by CCS Fundraising featuring prominent philanthropists and fundraising experts from Southern California and beyond, on Monday, October 26, 2020, at 10 am (PDT).

The free 75-minute presentation and panel discussion, geared for the arts and culture community, explores the different ways the philanthropic sector is addressing the work of mission-building and fundraising with fresh ideas and new eyes during this critical time.

The keynote speaker is Dr. Una Osili from the Indiana University Lilly School of Philanthropy, the world’s first school on philanthropy. An internationally recognized expert on economic development and philanthropy who speaks around the globe on issues related to national and international trends in economics and philanthropy, she recently testified to the U.S. Congress Joint Economic Committee on supporting charitable giving during the COVID-19 crisis. She also leads the research and publication of Giving USA, the annual report on American philanthropy. She is joined by panelists Michael Fleming, Executive Director of the David Bohnett Foundation, a grant-making foundation charged with improving society through social activism, and Lisa Greer, a noted philanthropist and author of Philanthropy Revolution, with other panelists to be announced. CCS Fundraising Corporate Vice President Aashika Patel is the moderator and Rachel Fine, Executive Director and CEO of The Wallis, hosts the event.

“As we chart our emergence from the global pandemic crisis, The Wallis is facing the same challenging fundraising issues as many of our colleagues in the arts community across the county,” says Fine, “With an eye to community engagement and informing the next generation of major donors to the arts, this panel discussion addresses the outlook for the arts in 2021 and provides novel strategies and concepts that for fundraisers can apply to their own scenarios. We are delighted to have Dr. Onsili, who is one of the worlds’ foremost experts on trends and developments in philanthropy, anchor this panel discussion, and look forward to panelists Michael Fleming and Lisa Geer sharing their innovative insights.”

This free event carries forward The Wallis’ commitment to accessible arts and culture for the Los Angeles community and follows the successful Center Stage panel discussions in February 2019 about the future of arts education in Los Angeles, in May 2018 that focused on L.A.’s notable dance landscape and the inaugural event in September 2017 discussing women leaders and the arts in L.A.

Registration to the free digital broadcast can be accessed at Five event attendees will be randomly selected to win a signed copy of Greer’s recently published book Philanthropy Revolution: How to Inspire Donors, Build Relationships and Make a Difference.

About the Panelists:

UNA O. OSILI, Ph.D., (keynote speaker), is a global expert on philanthropy and social innovation. She has more than two decades of experience in leadership, economic policy and research across public and private sectors, and recently testified to the U.S. Congress Joint Economic Committee on supporting charitable giving during the Covid-19 crisis. Dr. Osili is the Associate Dean for Research and International Programs, Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy. She leads the research and publication of Global Resource Flows Index and the Global Philanthropy Environment Index, as well as the research and publication of Giving USA, the annual report on American philanthropy. Dr. Osili is the Founder of Generosity for Life – a digital platform that provides new data tools in the area of philanthropy and social impact. She received her bachelor’s degree in economics from Harvard University and her Master’s and Ph.D. from Northwestern University. Non-Profit Times named Dr. Osili to its 2019 “Power and Influence Top 50,” recognizing her leadership in the philanthropic sector.

MICHAEL FLEMING (panelist) is the Executive Director of the David Bohnett Foundation – a grant making foundation charged with “improving society through social activism.” Michael has served on numerous boards and commissions including the Los Angeles Board of Water Power Commissioners – the five member panel that oversees the nation’s largest public utility. He previously served as the President of the East Los Angeles Area Planning Commission and as a Commissioner on the Board of the Los Angeles Convention Center. In 2010, President Barack Obama named Fleming to the White House Council for Community Solutions. Fleming serves on the boards of numerous non-profit organizations, including The Carr Center at Harvard Kennedy School, Southern California Grantmakers and public radio powerhouse KCRW, where he served as Chairman of the Board and Co-Chair of their capital campaign. For nearly 20 years he’s been an adjunct professor of organizational development and public policy at UCLA; from 2013 to 2016 he was also an adjunct professor of public policy at NYU.

LISA GREER (panelist), author of PHILANTHROPY REVOLUTION: How To Improve Donors, Build Relationships, And Make A Difference, is an entrepreneur, investor and philanthropist who has managed her family’s giving for the last decade. She has served on dozens of boards and commissions, including the Beverly Hills Cultural Heritage Commission, the international board of the New Israel Fund, the Make-a-Wish Foundation, and the Los Angeles District Attorney Crime Prevention Foundation. Greer also founded two healthcare-related companies and a strategic advisory firm specializing in digital media and entertainment. As a Hollywood studio executive, she managed the online businesses at NBC and Universal Studios, while also launching pioneering ventures into music webcasting. Greer is a mother of five and lives with her husband Joshua and their two youngest children in Los Angeles. For more information, please visit

AASHIKA PATEL (moderator) has more than ten years of fundraising experience with a broad range of organizations, including healthcare, civil liberties, independent schools, cultural institutions, religious, higher education, performing and visual arts, humanitarian aid and children’s advocacy causes. She specializes in working with culturally unique institutions on nuanced approaches to fundraising, activating the next generation of donors, cultivating first-generation American donors, as well as building internal consensus around plans and strategies among leadership and development teams to reach aggressive goals. Having worked with clients in the U.S. and around the world, Patel has garnered particular expertise in the areas of board recruitment and training; campaign planning and development; donor management and reporting; major gift solicitation and stewardship; building planned giving programs at cash-dependent organizations; development officer training and goal-setting; and creating fundraising metrics unique to individual organizations.

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The Director of Philanthropy is responsible for managing andimplementing fundraising campaigns and events for the benefit ofscientific research. Build and foster relationships with potentialdonors and patrons to expand the organization’s philanthropicbase.

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Approximate Start Date: December 1st, 2020.

  • Serves as a key member of the SPRI development team.
  • Identify prospective individual and corporate donors anddevelop strategies to cultivate those relationships.
  • Conversant with all aspects and details of SPRI’s research andeducation programs and with the patient services provided by TheSteadman Clinic.
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Subject: How to Win Big Gifts in a Tumultuous Time

Hi, I’m Nicole Wallace, features editor at the Chronicle of Philanthropy. Your faithful correspondent, Eden Stiffman, is hard at work on a project looking …

Major gifts are more important to nonprofits than ever. The wealthy have largely recovered from losses in the stock market at the start of the pandemic, while small-dollar donors are feeling a lot less confident about their finances and job security.

But how do you win big gifts during a public-health crisis? Social distancing means leisurely lunches, in-person visits, and galas are out. To find out what’s working now, my colleague Lisa Schohl talked to savvy major-gift fundraisers to get their advice.

A clear, well-thought-out message is critical. Nonprofits should stress why they need support today — and share data that proves it, says Sunil Oommen, president of Oommen Consulting, a fundraising consultancy in New York. For example, an advocacy organization could explain that it needs to pay staff to help urge members of Congress to pass an emergency bill.

Talk about the “predictable future,” he suggests.What will happen to your community if your organization doesn’t get those resources?

Oommen recommends that fundraisers prioritize the donors most likely to give now, including those who already support your nonprofit and who are least affected by the economic crisis. Give those key individuals special attention, but don’t neglect your other contributors.

Reach out to supporters who hold donor-advised funds, says Tiffanie Luckett, senior officer of individual giving at the National Immigration Law Center, which advocates for immigrant rights. “That is a fast way to see a little pick-up in revenue.”

Photo of Tiffanie Luckett of the National Immigration Law Center

In response to Covid-19, the center sent an appeal to donors who give through these accounts — and to the advisers who help manage their money — asking them to consider distributing the dollars now to make up for many smaller-dollar donors who had stopped giving. It was a “runaway success,” Luckett says. Although the mailing went to a small subset of donors, it raised more money than the group’s 2019 year-end direct-mail outreach.

Fundraisers are getting creative, adding offline touches to online events. When Father Joe’s Villages, a homeless services charity in San Diego, took its gala online because of the coronavirus, the fundraisers did “door drops” for some key donors, says Wendy Endsley, associate director of development.

Endsley’s team left bottles of wine that the group would have served at the in-person gala on those donors’ doorsteps with a note reminding them to participate in the online auction.

The nonprofit also began holding Zoom “investor calls” as a way to give contributors a “taste of being on site,” Endsley says. The first call, in which the CEO and medical director talked about the group’s work responding to Covid, prompted a $10,000 gift from a new supporter. The calls were so well received that Father Joe’s expanded the format to feature program leaders at different locations, showcasing various aspects of its work.

For more examples and expert advice, read the full story.

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In Rowan’s legislative races, Howard, Warren get off to strongest start in fundraising

Some of Warren’s contributions include $2,000 from Duke Energy Corporation PAC, $3,000 from Greg Alcorn of Global Contact Services, $750 from …

By Natalie Anderson

SALISBURY — Rep. Julia Howard is leading all legislative incumbents and challengers in cash on hand while Rep. Harry Warren has raised the most money to date, according to the latest campaign finance reports.

The latest campaign finance reports for the second quarter were due in early July, and the period reported spans from Feb. 16 to June 30. The next report will be due Oct. 27 and will include campaign financial activity from July 1 to Oct. 17.

Howard vs. Townsend

Howard, a Republican, currently represents the 77th District, which covers part of Rowan and all of Davie County. She has served for more than 30 years and is seeking her 17th term in the state House.

Howard ended the period with $56,613 cash on hand — money that is still available to be used on campaign expenses. In the most recent reporting period, she received $4,502 in contributions but has raised $40,758 to date during the election cycle. Of those contributions, nearly $38,000 have been from various political action committees, including $5,400 from Duke Energy Corporation PAC and $5,400 from the NC Realtors PAC. Howard has a career as a realtor and appraiser.

To date, Howard has spent at least $35,710 on campaign expenses. Some of those expenses include donations to other candidates and races.

“I always try to help other people having a hard time raising money,” she said. “It’s very expensive to run these races.”

Other contributions include $1,500 from American Airlines PAC, $1,000 from AT&T NC PAC and $1,000 from Blue Cross Blue Shield Employee PAC.

At the end of June, Keith Townsend, a Democrat from Mount Ulla who is running against Howard, ended the period with $2,636 cash on hand. All of that came from individual contributions, but Townsend said last week his campaign has now raised $12,248 and has $8,861 cash on hand.

His largest donation is from Betsy Webster, of Mount Ulla, who surprised him with a check for $5,000.

“That really has made a big difference in the campaign,” he said. “It’s been a nice surprise. Really gratifying.”

Despite the pandemic, raising money hasn’t been a struggle for Townsend, he said. Most donations have come from people he knows, including former students who now live in different areas of the country. One of those is a $500 donation from John Hurst, an attorney from Pennsylvania.

Warren vs. Heggins

Warren received $2,025 in contributions during the second quarter reporting period, and ended the period with $13,564 cash on hand. The report shows he has generated $48,480 in contributions. And Warren added that as the election nears, people’s interest in politics has increased along with the amount and frequency of contributions. He declined to provide a more accurate amount of total donations to date.

Some of Warren’s contributions include $2,000 from Duke Energy Corporation PAC, $3,000 from Greg Alcorn of Global Contact Services, $750 from Rowan County Board of Commissioners Chairman Greg Edds and $250 from Ahold Delhaize USA, which owns Food Lion.

Warren has spent at least $46,567 to date on his campaign.

“I am deeply appreciative of the folks that have given their support financially and for those who have volunteered their time to work on the campaign,” he said. “Because of them, we are right on schedule.”

Salisbury Pro Tem Al Heggins, a Democrat challenging Warren in the House District 76 race, ended the reporting period with $10,750 cash on hand. She has received $14,706 in contributions, with most contributions among local community members. However, a physician from California named Karla Jurvetson donated $5,000 to Heggins’ campaign. Though, Heggins said she doesn’t know her personally.

“I was surprised and happy to receive it,” she said. “I’m very thankful for every donation. I know money is precious right now.”

Heggins added that it’s been tough raising funds during the pandemic. Her campaign didn’t solicit any funds in the early months of this reporting period due to local shutdowns, she said, because “it didn’t feel right.”

Heggins has spent at least $4,000 on her campaign, according to the second quarter reporting period. She noted that she has used local vendors while campaigning to keep funds circulating in the local community.

Ford vs. Ellis

Tarsha Ellis, a Democrat and political newcomer challenging Sen. Carl Ford for District 33, finished the reporting period with $12,677 cash on hand and $12,609 in contributions, all from individuals. Ellis said, to date, her contributions remain around $13,000 but she currently has about $7,000 cash on hand.

“Campaigns are not cheap,” she said. “Every contribution is appreciated. I’m very appreciative of everyone’s generosity.”

Ellis received a penalty letter from the State Board of Elections for not submitting her campaign finance report on time, but the fee was waived. Ellis said she acted as her own treasurer during the primary and didn’t fully understand the reporting process, especially since she didn’t have any money in the race at the time previous finance reports were due.

Her expenditures are currently around $5,000, with most of her expenses spent on advertising her campaign via yard signs and social media.

Ford finished the reporting period with $5,268 cash on hand. And while the report shows he had received $11,075 in contributions during the second quarter, Ford said donations have been steady over the last few weeks and are between $10,000 and $12,000.

Ford noted he hasn’t raised as much money this campaign compared to past elections, adding that “this has been the worst year for fundraising ever” due to the pandemic.

The second quarter campaign finance report shows Ford received $8,050 total in PAC contributions. Among those donations include $5,400 from Duke Energy Corporation State PAC and $1,000 from NC Home Builders Association Build PAC.

Another large donation includes $2,500 from Ryan Armstrong of Huntersville.

“I appreciate every dollar I receive,” Ford said.

Contact reporter Natalie Anderson at 704-797-4246.

Kronos Bio Raises $155 Million In Private Financing

… Advisors and included funds and accounts managed by BlackRock, Inc., funds affiliated with Casdin Partners, Commodore Capital, EcoR1 Capital, …
  • Kronos Bio announced private financing of about $155 million of convertible notes with $148 million in funding received to date and the remaining $7 million to be funded by mid-September pursuant to binding commitments

Kronos Bio – a private clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company dedicated to the discovery and development of novel cancer therapeutics designed to transform patient outcomes through a precision medicine strategy by targeting dysregulated transcription – announced private financing of about $155 million of convertible notes with $148 million in funding received to date and the remaining $7 million to be funded by mid-September pursuant to binding commitments.

This round of funding was led by Perceptive Advisors and included funds and accounts managed by BlackRock, Inc., funds affiliated with Casdin Partners, Commodore Capital, EcoR1 Capital, Fidelity Management and Research Company, Surveyor Capital (a Citadel company), funds and accounts advised by T. Rowe Price Associates, Inc., Woodline Partners, and a large diversified asset manager on the west coast as well as existing investors including GV (formerly Google Ventures), Invus, Nextech Invest, Omega Funds, Polaris Partners, and Vida Ventures, LLC.

“We appreciate the strong support from this group of investors and believe this capital will help propel Kronos through our upcoming period of clinical development,” said Norbert Bischofberger, Ph.D., President and Chief Executive Officer of Kronos. “Importantly, this capital will help advance our lead spleen tyrosine kinase (SYK) inhibitor, which we recently acquired from Gilead, including potentially into a registrational trial in 2021. It will also help us advance our second lead pipeline candidate, KB-0742, a differentiated CDK9 inhibitor, into a Phase 1/2 clinical trial for treatment of MYC-amplified solid tumors, as well as to further invest in our product discovery engine to drive multiple oncology programs targeting dysregulated transcription factors.”

Jefferies LLC had acted as the sole placement agent for the financing.