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 Export to Your Calendar 9/16/2020
When: Wednesday, September 16, 2020
12:00 PM - 1:15 PM
Where: Virtual Meeting (Zoom)
United States
Contact: PGGNE

Online registration is available until: 9/15/2020
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The health and safety of PGGNE’s membership, guests, and speakers continues to be our top priority. All Fall 2020 events will be held virtually via the Zoom online platform. This allows you to view the sessions on the meeting date from the convenience of your office or home. Meeting recordings and handouts cannot be guaranteed. Registrants will receive an email from PGGNE at least two days prior with the individual Zoom link.


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Meeting Details

12:00 PM - 1:15 PM

The Diversity Imperative: The Faces of Fundraising and Philanthropy on the Road Ahead

Dr. John Silvanus Wilson, Jr., Senior Advisor and Strategist, Office of the President, Harvard University


Please join us virtually as Dr. Wilson shares his perspective and invites discussion on why the need to diversify fundraising is critical. Explore why the changes we summon the courage to make in both this current moment and on the near-term road ahead are critical to the health and stability of our societies nationwide and worldwide.



About the Speaker 

John Silvanus Wilson, Jr. currently serves as Senior Advisor and Strategist to the President at Harvard University. He assumed that role in April 2018 after spending much of 2017 as “President in Residence” at the Harvard Graduate School of Education where he conducted research for a book about the future of American higher education with an emphasis on the nation’s historically black colleges and universities. 

Dr. Wilson served as the 11th President of Morehouse College. With a turnaround in mind, he led a team to successfully increase applications, stabilize and expand enrollment, and elevate the graduation rate. On his watch, alumni giving doubled, annual advancement returns grew by 41 percent, and trustee cash giving tripled. His new embrace of students helped to shape the College’s fourth Rhodes Scholar in 2016, and his creative work with Silicon Valley executives helped lead Forbes Magazine to name Morehouse as the 5th Most Entrepreneurial College in 2015. For the first time in its history, Morehouse College hosted a sitting President of the United States, when President Barack Obama served as commencement speaker in 2013.

Prior to his leadership of Morehouse, Dr. Wilson served as the executive director of the White House Initiative on HBCUs. Between 2001 and 2009, he was as an Associate Professor of higher education in the Graduate School of Education at the George Washington University, and the Executive Dean of GW’s Virginia Campus. He started his career in 1985 at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where he served for 16 years in various roles, ultimately as Assistant Provost and director of Foundation Relations.

A recipient of numerous awards, he has served on Advisory Boards at the Kresge Foundation, the United Negro College Fund, Gallaudet University, Carnegie Mellon University and the Council of Independent Colleges. Prior to being elected to Harvard University’s Board of Overseers (through 2022, currently on leave), he served on the Trustee Boards of The Samaritans, the Andover Newton Theological School, the Independence Federal Savings Bank, and Spelman College.

Dr. Wilson received a B.A. from Morehouse College, a Master of Theological Studies degree from the Harvard Divinity School, and both Master’s and Doctoral degrees in Administration, Planning and Social Policy from the Harvard Graduate School of Education.




Payment is due upon registration via a credit card.

Register by 5:00 PM 9/15/2020
Non-profit Member* .......... $0.00
Allied Professional Member* ........ $0.00
Non-profit Associate .......... $75.00
Allied Professional Associate ........ $75.00
Guests / Non-members .......... $75.00
 AFP MA Members ..........  $50.00, Use Code "AFPMA"


*As a Member benefit, if you cannot attend a Monthly Meeting a colleague from your organization may attend in your place -- as a meeting Substitute. If you know you cannot attend in advance, your "substitute" should register for the meeting using their contact information and follow instructions for substitutes within the form to remove their fee.




Registration Policy

Registrations must be received by 5:00 PM Tuesday, September 15, 2020. Once registration is closed it will state CLOSED within the meeting Program Calendar listing.


Refund/Cancellation Policy

Cancellations are required by 5:00 PM Tuesday, September 15, 2020. In accordance, only refund requests received by this time will be granted. Email your cancellation/refund request to All emails received will be acknowledged.

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