Opening Plenary Session
Thursday, March 5, 9:30 a.m.
Points of View: Emerging Trends in Philanthropy
Four industry leaders convene to discuss the future of philanthropy in America, including increasing diversity among donors and industry leaders, changing priorities of individual and institutional philanthropists, and how educational institutions and fundraising professionals must continue to adapt to an ever-shifting philanthropic landscape.
Eden Stiffman is a senior editor at the Chronicle of Philanthropy where she reports on trends in the nonprofit sector and leads the publication’s coverage of fundraising. She is the author of the Chronicle’s weekly fundraising newsletter. Stiffman previously spent two years in Silicon Valley as an editor at Stanford Social Innovation Review. She started her journalism career covering local news at The Dallas Morning News. She’s a graduate of the University of Michigan in her hometown of Ann Arbor.
Figure skater Kristi Yamaguchi won Olympic gold in 1992 in Albertville, France. She is also a world champion and two-time U.S. National Champion. Yamaguchi is a member of the U.S. Figure Skating Hall of Fame, the World Figure Skating Hall of Fame, and the U.S. Olympic Hall of Fame. Yamaguchi won top honors with partner Mark Ballas on the TV show Dancing with the Stars. In 1996, she founded the Always Dream Foundation to encourage reading and early childhood literacy as a way to inspire underserved children to reach for their dreams. Yamaguchi is the New York Times best-selling author of three books: Dream Big, Little Pig!; It’s a Big World, Little Pig!; and Cara’s Kindness. Yamaguchi resides in the San Francisco Bay Area with her husband, Bret Hedican, and their two daughters, Keara and Emma.
Judy Belk is a seasoned leader with more than 25 years of senior management experience in the philanthropic, government, nonprofit, and corporate sectors. Before joining Cal Wellness, she served as senior vice president of Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors. Previously, Belk served as vice president of global public affairs at Levi Strauss & Co. Belk is a frequent writer and speaker on organizational ethics, race, and social change, and her work has been recognized with several state and national awards. Her pieces have aired on National Public Radio and appeared in The New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, the Wall Street Journal and the Washington Post. Throughout her career, Belk has been a strong advocate in promoting diversity, equity, and inclusion. She has been a passionate voice in raising awareness of the needs of women and girls, as well as communities of color. Belk received degrees from Northwestern University and California State University, East Bay, where she was recognized as the 1999 Distinguished Alumnus of the Year.
Mary G. F. Bitterman
Before joining the Bernard Osher Foundation, Mary G. F. Bitterman had served as president and CEO of the James Irvine Foundation, president and CEO of KQED, executive director of the Hawaii Public Broadcasting Authority, director of Voice of America, director of the Hawaii State Department of Commerce and Consumer Affairs, and director of the East-West Center’s Institute of Culture and Communication. Bitterman has produced several documentaries for public television and has written on telecommunications development and the role of media in developing societies. She is an honorary member of the National Presswomen’s Federation and a fellow of the National Academy of Public Administration. She holds a Ph.D. from Bryn Mawr College.