For a small $25 donation, guests will have an opportunity to hear what Heeling House, Hispanics Against Child Abuse & Neglect and Kids R First are doing to serve children in our community with 100% of the proceeds from the evening awarded to the participants.
Representatives from each of these organizations will pitch their projects and guests will have an opportunity to vote to award small grants from the proceeds of the evening. The more guests we invite, the more they can do to help children in our community.
Our keynote speaker will be Victoria Vrana, Deputy Director, Philanthropic Partnerships of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. She believes you should follow your heart, but you should take your head with you and encourages strategic giving. She'll talk about the power that giving circles have to increase individual philanthropy and their impact on communities.
Ms. Vrana joined the Gates Foundation in November, 2011 and had previously served as the the vice president of communications and assessment at Venture Philanthropy Partners (VPP), responsible for the organization's overall internal and external communications and assessment of VPP and its portfolio's performance. She joined VPP as as the chief knowledge officer in 2003.
Since June 1999, she served as the director of interactive media for the Morino Institute. Before joining the institute, she was a senior account executive with Millennium Communications- a communications consulting firm serving nonprofits and foundations.
Her interest in development and using communications and technology for social change began at the Network of East-West Women where she directed the first online network linking women in post-Soviet countries.
Vrana studied in Germany and Hungary and has a degree in comparative literature from the University of California at Davis.
So come and join the party of people making a difference!