LVCF Presents Speaker Series on Artificial Intelligence in the Nonprofit and Philanthropic Industry

LVCF Presents Speaker Series on Artificial Intelligence in the Nonprofit and Philanthropic Industry

Allentown, Pa.– August 21, 2023 – Lehigh Valley Community Foundation will host a three-part speaker series, “Navigating AI: Transforming Nonprofits and Philanthropy,” focused on the profound impact of Artificial Intelligence (AI) within the nonprofit and philanthropic sectors. This educational series, featuring nationally renowned AI experts, is set to take place in September 2023.

The series aims to equip nonprofit leaders, philanthropists, fundholders, and donors with a comprehensive understanding of the transformative potential, ethical considerations, and practical applications of AI within their respective domains. As the nonprofit sector continues to evolve in response to technological advancements, this series seeks to empower participants with the knowledge and tools necessary to effectively embrace AI.

The Lehigh Valley Community Foundation has curated this series in recognition of the growing significance of AI technology, including systems such as ChatGPT. By providing a platform for national industry leaders, the foundation seeks to facilitate insightful conversations that delve into the opportunities, challenges, and responsibilities associated with AI.

Session #1 – An Introduction to AI for Nonprofit Leaders & Philanthropists

Date: Thursday, September 14th, 2023
Time: 10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
Format: Virtual Webinar on Zoom
Presenters: Beth Kanter and Allison Fine, Co-authors of “The Smart Nonprofit”

This session will address the emergence of AI tools like ChatGPT, exploring their potential to reshape fundraising strategies and enhance donor relationships. Beth Kanter and Allison Fine, acclaimed authors of “The Smart Nonprofit,” will demystify the technology, share real-world applications, and deliberate on ethical considerations. Attendees will gain valuable insights into adopting AI in a conscientious, human-centric manner.

Session #2 – Responsible Artificial Intelligence in Philanthropy

Date: Wednesday, September 20th, 2023
Time: 12:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Format: Virtual Webinar on Zoom
Presenters: Dr. Julia Stoyanovich, Director of the Center for Responsible AI at NYU, and Philip Deng, CEO of Grantable

Session two delves into responsible AI practices, especially relevant to donors and fundholders. Dr. Julia Stoyanovich will illuminate the challenges of equity, bias, and data privacy within AI systems, while Philip Deng will provide practical insights into incorporating responsible AI in philanthropic endeavors.

Session #3 – Practical Possibilities and Legal Perspectives for Artificial Intelligence

Date: Friday, September 22nd, 2023
Time: 1:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Format: In-Person Event at SteelStacks
Presenters: Jeffrey A. Franklin, Esq. and Eric Robuck, Cyber Security Expert

The final session transitions to an in-person event, where Eric Robuck and Jeffrey A. Franklin will guide attendees through practical AI applications within nonprofits. Robuck will offer hands-on demonstrations, while Franklin will address legal implications. The session underscores the potential for nonprofits to leverage AI in shaping more equitable societies.

Participants can register for individual sessions or opt for all three sessions, saving significantly on the combined registration fee. Registration links and detailed event descriptions can be found on AI in the Nonprofit & Philanthropic Industry webpage.

Note for Nonprofits: Nonprofit organizations with annual revenues under $200,000 may inquire about reduced or complimentary tickets. Please reach out to Megan Briggs at for further information.