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Josh Christian, Greg Doepke, Kila Englebrook, Amy Fair and Teri Lovelace
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Keynote Session
Wednesday, May 2, 2018 | 10:45 AM

Trends and Changes in Community Philanthropy

Josh Christian, US Lacrosse

Greg Doepke, CAP®, CFP®, Aspire to Give

Kila Englebrook, Social Enterprise Alliance (SEA)

Amy Fair, The Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee (Nashville)

Teri Lovelace, Esq., LOCUS Impact Investing

This panel highlights the various trends and challenges of "place-based" community philanthropy that incorporates traditional as well as leading-edge philanthropic tools and techniques. Specific topics to be addressed include:

  • Mission funding, collaboration, and sustainability challenges
  • Program-related, mission-related, impact investing, and other leading-edge philanthropic tools
  • The importance of leadership, collaboration, and access to resources
  • Community economic development philanthropy
  • The role, growth, and challenges of social enterprise

Each panel participant reflects a different community role: mission (US Lacrosse); community collaboration, connection, and resourcing (Community Foundation); leading-edge philanthropic tools and techniques (LOCUS); grassroots social entrepreneurship (Social Enterprise Alliance).

Attendees will: 

  1. Learn how to access and leverage traditional and leading-edge philanthropic tools and techniques. 
  2. Learn from shared success stories the roles and resources of different community philanthropic stakeholders. 
  3. Learn about the growing trend of social entrepreneurship and philanthropic collaboration and innovation. 


Josh Christian, Managing Director, Sport Development and Hall of Fame, US Lacrosse, Sparks, MD

A native of Colorado and a member of the US Lacrosse staff since 1998, Joshua is responsible for the management of the Sport Development department as well as the National Lacrosse Hall of Fame & Museum. Priority ares of focus include grassroots lacrosse development and growth, grant programs, diversity and inclusion and management of the Hall of Fame gallery and National Lacrosse Archives.  A graduate of Colorado College, prior to joining US Lacrosse, Joshua worked in the Exhibit department of the National Museum of Natural History at the Smithsonian Institution.


Greg Doepke, CAP®, CFP®
, Founder, Aspire to Give, Richmond, VA

As an independent philanthropic advisor, Greg serves and empowers nonprofits, donors, and private foundations through education, innovation, collaboration, and advocacy so that they may each have a greater social impact within their local communities.

Absorbing and employing the latest and most effective philanthropic tools and techniques, Greg serves as a thought-leader and shares this thinking with nonprofit boards and their governance so they may become more effective in meeting their mission.

Greg’s passion for philanthropy advising grew from his established wealth management practice and the nonprofits he served during a 20+ year career in Richmond, VA. His professional focus on philanthropic advising originated from inspirational examples of clients, philanthropists, and other national philanthropic advisors; as well as his experience from many years of engagement in multiple roles on numerous nonprofit boards.

With the fast-changing evolution of philanthropic giving and the growing need for guidance for both donors and grantors to learn and apply leading-edge philanthropic tools and techniques, Greg recently founded Aspire to Give to educate, empower, and advocate for smarter financial giving as a means to making greater social impact.

Greg received his undergraduate degree from the United States Military Academy at West Point, a Masters in Finance from Virginia Commonwealth University, and has credentialed professional expertise in philanthropy advising; as well as financial, estate, and legacy planning.

Since moving to Auburn, Alabama in 2008 from Richmond, VA, Greg has served on the Board of the Community Foundation of East Alabama and is a staunch supporter of Auburn University’s Cary Center for the Advancement of Philanthropy as a member of the “Phils”; the men’s auxiliary to the Women’s Philanthropy Board. Greg also co-founded and currently serves on the boards of both the Auburn Youth Lacrosse Club and the Alabama Lacrosse Association and is a strong advocate for youth and education. Greg and his wife of 44 years, Suzette, have two daughters and seven grandchildren.



Kila Englebrook
, President and CEO, Social Enterprise Alliance (SEA), Nashville, TN

Kila currently serves as Social Enterprise Alliance's President & CEO. Prior to joining Social Enterprise Alliance, Kila led the Ashoka Support Network in the United States, connecting world-class business leaders with Ashoka staff and Fellows to create greater impact. In her tenure with Ashoka, Kila convened Ashoka’s U.S. network through the production and management of the bi-annual Ashoka Future Forum. She helped shape and develop the Ashoka team across the U.S., as well as implement and refresh operational systems to improve outcomes. Before joining the United States Program, Kila worked with Ashoka’s People Team, focused on talent recruitment, development and retention.

Kila graduated from Boston University in 2006 with a Bachelor of Arts in African Studies, with a triple concentration in Anthropology, History and Political Science.



Amy Fair,
 Vice President, Donor Services, The Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee (Nashville), Nashville, TN

Amy is responsible for meeting the needs of current and prospective donors, including offering donors a further understanding of all resources and services available to support their philanthropy. She was previously with The Community Foundation from 1998 to 2001, serving in a similar position. Prior to her return to The Foundation, Fair worked as the associate director of leadership donor recognition at The Ohio State University and as the associate manager of supporting foundations for The Columbus Foundation.


Teri Lovelace, Esq.
, President, LOCUS Impact Investing

Teri is President of LOCUS Impact Investing, a social enterprise that empowers place-focused institutions around the country to invest their capital locally to build prosperous, vibrant communities. Under Teri’s leadership, LOCUS has developed a continuum of services and tools to help those foundations seeking to engage in local mission-aligned investing, understand economic opportunities and strategy formulation related to economic development philanthropy. These services include empowering research and philanthropic analytic tools and continue with executing, servicing and monitoring impact investments. Teri has over 27 years in the philanthropic, mission investing and nonprofit sectors.  Her efforts contributed to $18M in mission-aligned investments by foundations and socially motivated investors.  Teri has an undergraduate degree from the University of Virginia, an MBA from Virginia Commonwealth University, a law degree from the University of Richmond, and she is an investment advisor for LOCUS Capital.

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