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
Non-member price: 
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Early-Bird Pricing Available Until 08/01/19

  • Members of GWP, NEPA, PNGP: $200
  • Nonmembers: $345

Regular Pricing After 08/01/19

  • 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?  A Look at Giving Day Models

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
  • Option 3: Mission-Related Investments 

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

  • Over dinner, volunteer leaders will facilitate informal discussions at rounds. Suggested table-top discussions include topics such as: rural philanthropy, community leadership, non-profit capacity building programs, cyber security, and more.

Wednesday, September 18, 2019

7:30 AM – 8:30 AM          Breakfast will be available for attendees in restaurant

9:00 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) 


This tab is under construction; speakers and bios are still being added and confirmed. Check back frequently for updates!

Michael L. Batchelor

The Erie Community Foundation

Stuart Comstock Gay

The Delaware Community Foundation

Ralph Serpe

The Adams County Community Foundation

Christy Stuber

The Pittsburgh Foundation

Jennie Zioncheck

The Pittsburgh Foundation