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Wednesday, June 23

10 a.m. College Union

Nonprofit leaders will learn about

the power of women’s philanthropy

at Manchester seminar

More women are in the workforce than ever before. Women live longer than men. More women are college graduates. Women are responsible for the vast majority of consumer purchases. Women’s median income has soared.

There’s power in the female demographic – power to transform.

“Women are becoming a powerful financial force, and they are increasingly looking at their money as an opportunity to make a change,” said Louise E. Jackson, director of development and women’s philanthropy for Manchester College. “Manchester College recognizes this growing phenomenon and is responding by focusing on women and their giving.”

Nonprofit leaders are invited to learn more about "The Transformational Power of Women’s Philanthropy" at a free seminar on Wednesday, June 23 at the College. Lead presenter for the seminar is Andrea Pactor, associate director of the Women’s Philanthropy Institute of The Center on Philanthropy at Indiana University.

The morning event begins at 10 a.m. in the College Union of the North Manchester campus, about 45 minutes west of Fort Wayne. Register online or call toll-free 888-257-2586.

“Women are increasingly emerging as significant philanthropists,” said Manchester College President Jo Young Switzer. “As the number of women who are wealth holders increases, so do their chances to support nonprofit agencies. “Nonprofit organizations need to learn how we can learn more about what motivates women to give … how can we link these new philanthropists’ interests with the missions of our organizations.”

The seminar, sponsored by The Jo Young Switzer Fund (supported by women philanthropists), is part of a major commitment by the College to involve more women in philanthropy and to provide them opportunities to give back to Manchester.

Andrea Pactor has worked with arts, education and faith-based organizations for more than 25 years, including with the Jewish Community Center in Indianapolis, the Herron School of Art and the Indiana Arts Commission.


May 2010

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