Generation next - Young donors inspiring a new generation of philanthropists
Next gen donors, families with teenagers and young adults, and others working with these individuals and audiences.
The dream of many family foundation donors is to instill a lifelong love of philanthropy and giving back to future generations of one’s family. In some cases, this love of philanthropy translates into a desire on the part of younger family members to instill in others the joy that giving and philanthropy brings. This webinar shares the examples of young donors who have become leaders of organizations dedicated to inspiring and supporting a new generation of philanthropists. The webinar also includes a discussion of how involvement in their family’s philanthropy led them to choose this career path, what their organizations are doing to encourage new donors, and how they envision the future of this important work. Listen in on this motivating and practical conversation with several leaders from Generation Next!
Nini Meyer is the Founder/Director of PositiveTracks, a national, youth-centric non-profit that incentivizes young people to be active and philanthropic using the global platform of sport. Nini is a Trustee of the Jane B. Cook Charitable Trusts; member of Friends of CHaD Board; Overseer of Hopkins Center For The Arts At Dartmouth; Community Engagement Director of the CHaD HERO Half Marathon; and Overseer of Lebanon College in New Hampshire. Through Positive Tracks, Nini helps thousands of Millennials and multiple charity partners turn hours of athletic achievement into transformative philanthropy and doubled dollars. She graduated from CU Boulder with a degree in theatre.
Lana Volftsun is the Executive Director of the One Percent Foundation, an organization that makes philanthropy accessible to Millennials and empowers them to change the world together. She serves on the Board of Slingshot, sits on the Issues Committee for the National Center for Family Philanthropy, and is member of the Impact Grants Initiative and Innovation Fund committees for the SF Jewish Community Federation. Lana takes her work on the road, speaking at conferences, gatherings, and universities about Millennial giving. Prior to OPF, Lana worked as a technology consultant at Deloitte Consulting. She received a BSBA and Master's Certificate in NonProfit Management from Washington University in St. Louis.
Allison Sparks values and is deeply committed to promoting equity in the nonprofit and for-profit social impact sectors based on her experience as a queer, multi-racial, next generation, woman in the field of philanthropy. She is currently Executive Director of the Masto Foundation, a US-based family foundation rooted in the Japanese-American community. Prior to taking on the leadership of her family’s foundation, Sparks worked in philanthropy for 12 years and founded Queer Leaders in Philanthropy, a national network of philanthropic professionals focused on changing the culture of philanthropy to be more empowering of LGBTQ communities. Sparks has a BA from Vassar College, an MSW from UC Berkeley and just completed her MBA at the University of Washington. She currently lives in San Francisco and travels up to Washington State regularly for work with the Foundation.
What participants said:
Thanks so much for such an incredible call!! How amazing and completely inspiring to hear from these young leaders. They are truly role models and provide such wonderful guidance, resources and possibility for family philanthropy. I can't wait to share their stories with our next gen family members!
Excellent and engaging presenters - found very inspiring!
All of their stories of leadership development, self-discovery, as well as how they grew to learn more and educate themselves about the sector and their own family's philanthropy were so inspiring - the initative and interest they took and roles they carved out for themselves is so worthy of sharing!
Sparks story was especially interesting and helpful as I work with a diverse audience. Also, Lana's comment about "owning" the word philanthropist at age 12 was especially impactful as I help others to understand that they too can own this word.
I work for a regional association of grantmakers and found Allison Sparks' presentation to be very relevant to two of our interests: diversity and preparing the next generation of grantmakers.