2019 Pennsylvania Community Foundation Gathering

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Join your colleagues from community foundations across the state for this exciting opportunity to once again gather for two days of professional development, peer learning, and networking. This statewide gathering presents an opportunity to identify partnerships and to leverage the resources of community foundations across the state to strengthen community philanthropy and improve the quality of life across Pennsylvania. 



Tuesday, September 17, 2019
to Wednesday, September 18, 2019
2:00pm EDT
Penn Stater Hotel & Conference Center
215 Innovation Blvd
State College
PA 16803
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Online registration is now closed.  To register please call 412.471.6488 or email info@gwpa.org


  • Members of GWP, NEPA, PNGP: $250
  • Nonmembers: $395

Members of Grantmakers of Western PA (GWP), Northeastern Pennsylvania Grantmakers Forum (NEPA) and Philanthropy Network Greater Philadelphia (PNGP) can register at the member rate.

Cancellation Process

Cancellations received before August 1 will receive a 75% refund. Cancellations received between August 1 and August 30 will receive a 50% refund. Cancellations received after August 30 will not be eligible for a refund. Please contact Paula Dworek (pdworek@gwpa.org or 412-471-6488) to cancel your registration or transfer it to another person at your organization.

Registration FAQs

Step #1: Login

To register you will need an account on our website. If you already have an account, login with your email address and password. Aren't sure if you have an account? Enter your email address here to reset your password. If your email address isn't found, create an account

Step #2: Register

Select the appropriate registration type available at the top of the page and click the "Register Now" button. You will not see the options or "Register Now" button unless you are logged in. Go to your cart and make any adjustments to the quantities if you are registering more than one person. Click the "Checkout" button.

Step #3: Checkout

On the checkout page, indicate who each registration is for and fill out any additional information requested. If you are looking to register someone else from your organization but don't see them listed, please contact Paula Dworek (pdworek@gwpa.org or 412-471-6488).

Registering Others at Your Organization?

Follow the steps above to create a login for yourself if you haven't already. Once logged in, select the appropriate option from the list and make any adjustments to the quantities in your cart if you are registering more than one person from your organization. On the checkout page, you'll be able to assign each registration option to another contact associated with your organization in our system. If you don't see them listed, please contact Paula Dworek (pdworek@gwpa.org or 412-471-6488) for further assistance by including the names, titles, and email addresses of those you'd like to register.

Tuesday, September 17, 2019

11:00 AM – 12:00 PM      Registration Opens

12:00 PM – 1:30 PM        Welcome Lunch and Panel Discussion: What’s Now & What’s Next? Giving Days and Models of Growth

1:30 PM – 1:45 PM           Break/Transition

1:45 PM – 3:15 PM           Breakout Sessions:

  • Option 1:  Working with Donors Who’ve Lost a Loved One
  • Option 2:  Opportunity Zones

3:15 PM – 3:30 PM           Break/Transition

3:30 PM – 5:00 PM           Breakout Sessions:

  • Option 1:  Successful Engagement with Professional Advisors
  • Option 2:  Beyond the Grant: How Community Foundations Can Engage in Non-Profit Capacity Building

5:00 PM – 5:30 PM           Break/Transition/Hotel Check-In

5:30 PM – 6:00 PM           Cocktails and Networking 

6:00 PM – 7:30 PM           Dinner and Tabletop Discussions

Wednesday, September 18, 2019

7:30 AM – 9:00 AM          Breakfast will be available for attendees in restaurant.

9:00 AM – 9:30 AM         Hotel check-out. Front desk will check and hold bags until the end of the conference.

9:30 AM - 10:30 AM        Morning Discussion: Scholarship Awards and Displacements 

10:30 AM – 10:45 AM      Break/Transition

10:45 AM – 12:00 PM      What Keeps You Up at Night?  Breakout Peer-Sharing Sessions for CEOs, Donor Services Staff, Program Staff and Others.

12:00 PM – 12:15 PM      Break/Transition

12:15 PM – 1:45 PM        Lunch Session: Unrestricted Fund Development

1:45 PM – 2:00 PM          Closing Remarks, Next Steps, Adjourn

215 Innovation Blvd, State College, PA 16803

Room block pricing

  • Available for 9/16 and 9/17
  • $134/night plus tax
  • Check in 4:00pm/Check out 11:00 am
  • Make reservation by August 17, 2019


Phone: PSHS Central Reservations Department 1-800-233-7505
Online: https://thepennstaterhotel.psu.edu/ (Use Group Code: GRAN19A) 


Michael L. Batchelor

The Erie Community Foundation

Chris Baxter

Spotlight PA

Janice Black

The Foundation for Enhancing Communities

Adam C. Bratton

The Nonprofit Partnership

Stephanie Chernay

Neighborhood Allies

Lisa Donohoe

Adams County Community Foundation

Sidney Hargro

Philanthropy Network Greater Philadelphia

Phil Koch

The Community Foundation of Westmoreland County

Kate McKenzie

The Pittsburgh Foundation

Amy Razem

The Pittsburgh Foundation

Monica Reyes

Berks County Community Foundation

Ralph Serpe

The Adams County Community Foundation

Frances M. Sheehan

The Foundation for Delaware County

Barbara Sieck Taylor

Grantmakers of Western Pennsylvania

Aaron Spangler

Lancaster Community Foundation

Christy Stuber

The Pittsburgh Foundation

Betsie Trew

President and CEO, Washington County Community Foundation

Michelle Walker

Walker Philanthropic Consulting

Russ Walker

PA Post

David Weber

Public Housing Authorities Directors Association

Jennie Zioncheck

The Pittsburgh Foundation

Thank you to our sponsors