Eileen Ellsworth, President, to Present on the Power of Place Based Philanthropy

Eileen EllsworthEileen Ellsworth, President of the Community Foundation for Northern Virginia, will be a featured speaker on Tuesday, March 17, 2015 in Washington, D.C. for a session on the opening day of Philanthropy Week in Washington.  The program, titled “Empowering Communities. Together. The Power of Place Based Philanthropy and the Role of Community Foundations,” will highlight the mission and role of community foundations – the bedrock of community philanthropy in the United States.

Now in its second year, Philanthropy Week is a week-long series of events and activities that highlights the role of philanthropy in our society, hosted by the Council on Foundations.  Over two hundred foundation leaders from across the country will meet with Congressional delegates, representatives from Federal agencies, and White House officials to highlight the vial impact of philanthropy for communities they serve in districts and states across America.

Along with Ms. Ellsworth, the speakers at the March 17th session will include Vikki Spruill, President and CEO, Council on Foundations; Kelly Ryan, President and CEO, Incourage Community Foundation; Rebeca Arno, Vice President of Operations and Communications, The Denver Foundation; and Dan Cooke, Senior Vice President of Philanthropy, Robert R. McCormick Foundation.  The program will illustrate several examples of place-based approaches to meeting critical needs, specifically in the areas of veterans and military families’ philanthropy, disaster-recovery and resilience strategies, and community and economic development partnerships with local governments.

“Philanthropy Week is an initiative of the Council on Foundations that helps highlight the ever expanding function of philanthropy in society,” said Ms. Ellsworth. “We are delighted to participate in this important discussion of place-based philanthropy and the role that community foundations all over the country play in helping to build and strengthen their local communities.”

More information about Philanthropy Week in Washington can be found at http://www.cof.org/2015-philanthropy-week.