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Panel of Experts and Iowa State President to Speak at Philanthropy Workshop

4/18/2007

Ames, Iowa— Kay Ballard, professional speaker and author, will keynote the Iowa State University Foundation's eighth annual Women and Philanthropy seminar, “Voices of Giving.” 

Known for her entertaining style and humorous slant on philanthropic issues, Ballard will her share personal stories and expertise in her presentation, “True Confessions of a Philanthropist,” at the workshop on Tuesday, May 15, in Ames. Held in the Scheman Building of the Iowa State Center, Ballard’s keynote address will be followed by a panel of women philanthropists leading an interactive discussion on their views and insights on the power of philanthropy.

The Women and Philanthropy workshop will focus on the financial well-being of women while exploring ways to make wise philanthropic choices. Session topics include mastering investment fundamentals, the power of giving at the ground level, getting your finances organized and how to take care of yourself, your family and your charity.

The luncheon program will feature Iowa State University President Gregory L. Geoffroy. As the university’s chief fundraiser, Geoffroy will discuss the importance of philanthropy to higher education. His presentation will include a question and answer period for attendees.

"Women are at the leading edge of a new era in charitable giving. They don’t think of philanthropy as giving so much as they do investing—investing in change and in the future of causes meaningful to them," said Debra Engle, senior vice president of development for the ISU Foundation and member of the seminar's planning committee. "This workshop will help women learn more about a variety of topics related to their giving decisions, while arming them with the information necessary to become philanthropic leaders."

The seminar is sponsored by the ISU Foundation and organized by its Women and Philanthropy committee. The volunteer committee is dedicated to expanding the philanthropic involvement of women by providing relevant education and increasing their opportunities for leadership roles in philanthropic organizations.

The cost to attend the day-long workshop is $30 for the first registration and $25 for each additional guest registering at the same time. The registration fee includes breakfast, lunch and dessert reception. The deadline for registration is Friday, May 4. For more information visit the Web site at www.foundation.iastate.edu (click on women and philanthropy). You may also register by calling (515) 294-4607 or sending an e-mail to WP@foundation.iastate.edu.

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Contacts :
Kim Kindvall, Iowa State University Foundation, Communications Office, (515) 294-5779, kkindvall@foundation.iastate.edu