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Should Charities Operate Like Businesses?

March 16, 2012

An education session hosted by the AFP DC Advanced Executives Committee

Should Charities Operate Like Businesses?

“It's your money, and you're willing to give some of it away to a worthy cause. But you want to see results. Measurable progress toward agreed-upon goals. Regular proof that your investment is achieving maximum impact. That's the way businesses operate, and charities should be no different. That's one way to look at it, anyway.” Wall Street Journal 11/28/2011

The Journal story, which featured opposing views from Charles R. Bronfman and Jeffrey R. Solomon, chairman and president, respectively, of the Andrea and Charles Bronfman Philanthropies and Michael Edwards, a distinguished senior fellow at Demos, a social issues think tank, spurred much debate worldwide.

he AFP DC Advanced Executives Committee invites area nonprofit executives to a panel discussion moderated by respected journalist,Paul Berry and featuring three prominent philanthropic leaders whose organizations have incorporated “business-like” models as part of their operations: Mike King, President and CEO, Volunteers of America, Catherine Meloy, President and CEO of Goodwill of Greater Washington and Pat Nicklin, Executive Vice President and COO, Partnership for Public Service.


Friday, March 16, 2012
8:00 am - 10:00 am
Networking Breakfast: 8:00 - 8:30 am
Educational Program: 8:30 - 10:00 am
Merrill Lynch
6th Floor Conference Room

1152 15th St NW
Washington, DC 20005

Metro: Farragut North (red line) or McPherson Square (blue/orange lines)
Registration Fee:
Members: $40.00
Non-Members: $55.00


Special thanks to the sponsor of the AFP DC Advanced Executives program:

Campbell and Company Logo 2012

This session is perfect for "decision makers" in an organization including CEO's, Chief Development Officers, and others with responsibility for Planned Giving, Capital Campaigns, Major Gifts, Annual Giving, Foundation/Corporate Relations, consultants and board chairs.