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LVCF Sponsors 2019 Lehigh Valley Philanthropy Institute

The Lehigh Valley Community Foundation was proud to sponsor AFP Lehigh Valley Chapter’s 2019 Lehigh Valley Philanthropy Institute.  LVCF sponsored the Morning Keynote Session titled, The Rise of Women as Family Philanthropic Leaders presented by Amy Castoro, president & CEO, The Williams Group, and Kathleen Loehr, senior philanthropic family coach, The Williams Group. The day-long program was attended by over 150 development professionals on May 15 at DeSales University.  The Afternoon Keynote, Society in Crisis: How Philanthropy Can Change Narratives and Bridge Divides, was presented by Elizabeth Zeigler, president & CEO, Graham-Pelton.

LVCF’s Erika Riddle Petrozelli introduced the duo who shared their understanding the distinct ways women give, which often includes the desire to engage the next generation in giving. They explained that women are more frequently in the philanthropic driver seat, given the increased money being earned and inherited, and their influence in the household giving.

About the Speakers

Amy Castoro, President & CEO, The Williams Group, Senior Lead Family Consultant

For eight years Amy has specialized in preparing high-net worth families to prepare the next generation to successfully transfer family wealth and values for a sustainable legacy.Amy brings more than two decades of experience in developing leadership competence, aligning ambition with purpose, and increasing authentic communication and productivity. Amy's experience with The Walt Disney Company, Adecco Corporation and Grant Thornton Management Consulting provided her with a strong foundation of leadership in organizations. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Organizational Psychology from Adelphi University in Garden City, New York. She is a Master in Somatic Coach through the Strozzi Institute. Am completed a three-year business course with Hecht and Associates which emphasized the design of new offers and optimizing threats and opportunities in business. She is engaged with continuing education with Dr. Fernando Flores focused on the dynamics of working in teams.

Kathleen Loehr, Senior Philanthropic Family Coach

Kathleen is a philanthropic consultant to The Williams Group families, drawing from 30 years working in the nonprofit sector where she gained a deep understanding and appreciation for the benefits and joys, as well as the complexities and challenges, of this fast-changing sector. As a trusted advisor to nonprofit leaders and philanthropists, Kathleen helps leaders blend their aspirations to serve the common good with the commitment to create effective and sustained impact. Trained in Appreciative Inquiry, Kathleen combines nonprofit expertise, consulting, and strategy to help individuals and groups navigate change. For one client, she helped a major philanthropist clarify and design goals, objectives and strategies to set up a large foundation. Kathleen also pays attention to the role of women in modern philanthropy. She teaches nonprofits about the importance of focusing on the family rather than one member of a household, for philanthropic support. She recently published a book on this topic: Gender Matters: A Guide to Growing Women’s Philanthropy. Kathleen holds a BA in Government from Cornell University’s College of Arts and Sciences. She sits on the board of the Center on Disaster Philanthropy and is chair of the Advisory Council for the Women’s Philanthropy Institute at the Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy.

About AFP Eastern Pennsylvania Chapter

Founded in 1986, the AFP Eastern Pennsylvania Chapter is a regional professional association whose membership is comprised of persons involved in development, public relations, non-profit management and fundraising consulting.  It is a chapter of the international organization, Association of Fundraising Professionals.  The majority of chapter members represent organizations in Lehigh and Northampton counties.  The Chapter currently has a membership of approximately 150 fundraising professionals.

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