How can we ignite young professional interest in philanthropy and fundraising? On May 16th, Campbell & Company tackled this weighty question during an On the Table lunch at our Chicago office with emerging and established nonprofit leaders from across the city. Organized by The Chicago Community Trust since 2014, On the Table brings together tens of thousands of Chicagoland residents who gather in small groups to discuss our region’s challenges and opportunities. The annual forum serves as a catalyst for conversation, collaboration, and action.
|Back row (L-R): Anthony Seaman, Eric Horner, Matt Roan, Alice Barda, Steve George; Front row (L-R): Elizabeth Weber, Jessica Johnson, Mark Boyle, Michael Daigler, Kris McFeely, Matt Blatchford, Christina DeMarea, Melissa Berliner, Andy Smerczak-Zorza|
In our discussion, we explored how organizations can make Chicago stronger by promoting fundraising careers and Board service to young professionals and connecting them to associated opportunities. Our guests represented both ends of the spectrum—seasoned professionals and new talent—and came together to learn from each other and share ideas. Read on for the main takeaways on attracting and retaining young professional Board members and fundraisers:
On Board service:
On the fundraising career path:
Our On the Table lunch was only a launching point—we are looking forward to continuing this discussion, building ties between nonprofits throughout the Chicago region and across the country, and helping to empower our communities.
A special thanks to the following organizations that were represented at our event: