2019 Forum on Strategic Fundraising: Building Generosity

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Philanthropic Motivations of LGBTQ Donors and Same-Sex Couples

Speakers: Sarah Anderson, Campbell & Company and Kris Hermanns, Seattle Foundation

Track: Community

Time: Thursday, June 6 1:30 p.m. - 2:45 p.m.

Presentation Description:

While research on donors and philanthropy has grown, little research has focused on the motivations and practices of LGBTQ donors until now. Join us to learn about this new research on LGBTQ donors, their philanthropic goals, and their donor experiences. We’ll also explore how same-sex couples think about charitable giving and make philanthropic decisions. How do real world experiences measure up to the research?

You’ll leave this in-depth discussion with a better understanding of the motivations, priorities, and concerns of LGBTQ donors and with a series of concrete strategies to inspire increased and inclusive giving to your organization.

Key Take-Aways:

Shop Size: Suitable for any size shop

Expertise Level: Suitable for all levels

About the Speakers

For more than a decade, Sarah Anderson has worked with nonprofits of all types to align their messaging and fundraising to boost giving. As Campbell & Company’s Director of Strategic Priorities, Sarah has worked closely with a range of organizations and collaborative cohort programs across the country, including the LGBT Giving Project, GLAAD, Planned Parenthood, the ACLU, the AARP, and the Alzheimer’s Association. She is also a member of the Giving USA Editorial Review Board.


For more than 25 years, Kris Hermanns has worked as a nonprofit executive, strategist, grantmaker, and fundraiser, bridging two of her passions—advocating for equity and opportunity and strategic philanthropy.

Currently, Kris leads Seattle Foundation’s philanthropic and programmatic initiatives, as well as develops new strategies and innovative approaches, to drive positive, equitable outcomes and scalable investments for our community.

Before joining Seattle Foundation, Kris served as the Chief Executive Officer of Pride Foundation where she led its efforts to mobilize individual and institutional resources to affect real change in communities that are most impacted by injustices. Prior to that, Kris’ career focused on policy advocacy and systems change in her leadership roles with the National Center for Lesbian Rights, The Rhode Island Foundation, and Brown University’s Center for Public Service.

Kris has a Master of Education in administration, planning, and social policy from Harvard University and a Bachelor of Arts in political science from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Kris is also a shareholder of the Green Bay Packers of the National Football League.


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Interpreter services are available upon request during registration.