OLLI takes a hard look at the trends in philanthropy with expert Abbie J Von Schlegell


Philanthropy is an extraordinary engine in our community locally and around the world. Learn about the impact of and what the future holds for philanthropy Saturday, October 1st at Berkshire Community College. OLLI, the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at Berkshire Community College presents “Trends in Philanthropy: Here, Nationally and Worldwide” by philanthropy consultant and expert, Abbie J Von Schlegell.

The talk will be held at 10:30am in the K-111 lecture hall in BCC’s Koussevitsky Arts Center, located at 1350 West Street in Pittsfield, Mass.

Abbie Von Schlegell, CFRE, nationally known development consultant.

Abbie Von Schlegell, CFRE, nationally known development consultant.

Abbie J. von Schlegell, CFRE, has been in the development field for over 40 years, as a consultant with several national firms for half of her career and as a senior development officer with four institutions. She has special expertise in women’s philanthropy. She heads her own advancement consulting firm, which she founded in 2007. In 2013, Abbie was named a BoardSource Certified Governance Trainer.

Abbie held key development positions at Stanford University and at The University of Chicago. At Stanford, she was the major gifts director for Silicon Valley, the area immediately surrounding the university. At Chicago she directed major gifts in metropolitan Chicago. Abbie also was the Chief Development Officer for both the Shakespeare Theatre Company in Washington, D.C. and for Enterprise Community Partners in Columbia, MD. Abbie also held senior consulting positions with Marts & Lundy and Brakeley Briscoe.

She was the 1990 recipient of the President’s Award from the National Society of Fund Raising Executives (now AFP International) in recognition of her service to the profession. She is the editor of Women as Donors, Women as Philanthropists, published in 1993 by Jossey-Bass. This best-selling handbook about women’s giving is the second issue in the series New Directions for Philanthropic Fundraising.

Tickets to the “Philanthropy Trends” talk are $10 for OLLI members, and $15 for non-members. Ticket are available at the door or may be purchased beforehand at berkshireOLLI.org here: https://berkshireolli.wildapricot.org/event-2226189 or by calling 413-236-2190. Admission is free to BCC staff and students and youth 17 and under. Forum credit is available for BCC students.

OLLI, the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at Berkshire Community College, provides stimulating educational, social and volunteer opportunities designed especially by and for people fifty years old and up. OLLI has over 1,000 members throughout the greater Berkshires and features over 80 classes, events, workshops and speakers a year.
For more information about OLLI, its Distinguished Speakers Series and other programs, please visit http://www.berkshireolli.org or call 413-236-2190 or email olli@berkshirecc.edu to request more information.

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