GWP 2023 Annual Meeting: Where is Philanthropy Headed? Perspectives from our foundation leaders.

GWP Members Only Program
Wednesday, December 6, 2023
11:30am to 2:30pm EST
National Aviary, Garden Room
700 Arch St
PA 15212
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Registration closes on Wednesday, 11/29/23

In Southwestern Pennsylvania, philanthropy has long been a driving force behind change in our region. During Grantmakers of Western Pennsylvania’s 2023 Annual Meeting, we will gather to consider the path ahead, drawing on the wisdom of those who have long championed the cause and the fresh perspectives of those who have more-recently assumed leadership roles. 

Our annual meeting discussion will highlight a diverse group of leaders, all who have been entrusted with the stewardship of valuable resources aimed at transforming lives, communities, and our shared future. They will share their insights, aspirations, and strategies for the future of philanthropy in our region. Through their stories, vision, and expertise, we aim to uncover the opportunities and challenges that lie ahead, and to chart a course that will continue to strengthen and enrich our community. 

Join us to reconnect, share a meal, and explore together where philanthropy is headed and how we can continue to make a lasting impact on the well-being of our region. 


  • Amber Farr, Executive Director, Grantmakers of Western Pennsylvania (Moderator) 
  • Yvonne Cook, President, Highmark Foundation 
  • Chris DeCardy, President, The Heinz Endowments  
  • Sylvia Fields, President, Eden Hall Foundation 
  • Mark Lewis, President & CEO, POISE Foundation 
  • Marisol Valentin, Executive Director, McAuley Ministries 


11:30 AM  
Registration opens: Join us early to check in and network with your colleagues.

12:00 PM  
Over lunch, GWP’s annual business meeting and member voting.

12:30 PM  
GWP Annual Meeting Program: Where is Philanthropy Headed? Perspectives from our foundation leaders. 

1:45 PM  
Dessert reception: Stay after the program to enjoy dessert and connect with other GWP members. 

2:30 PM  
Meeting concludes 

Note: This agenda is still being confirmed and is subject to some minor adjustment as we finalize details. Our final agenda will be provided prior to the meeting along with GWP’s member voting plans for the annual business meeting. 

This will be an in-person gathering. Lunch will be provided.

We are committed to making GWP programs accessible to all members. If you have questions, or if an accommodation would be helpful to fully participate in this program, please reach out to or call 412-471-6488 and we will make every effort to accommodate your request. 

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