Sports and Entertainment Philanthropy Summit

The Giving Back Fund periodically brings together the top leaders in the sports and entertainment philanthropy community through its Sports and Entertainment Philanthropy Summit. Executive Directors, Development Directors, representatives from the sports leagues, entertainment agencies, and family members and friends of philanthropic celebrities gather for for this event to learn from and interact with their peers and top experts from all areas of philanthropy. Topics include strategy, programming, marketing, fundraising, social media, board development, special events, law and governance, sponsorship, cause-marketing and many other relevant topics. Speakers are asked to address how attendees may leverage celebrity effectively in the topic areas.

This year's Summit will be held Friday, July 24, at the JW Marriott at L.A. Live in Downtown Los Angeles as a pre-event to the Doha GOALS Forum being held in conjunction with the Special Olympic World Games. Attendees of the GBF Summit will be invited for complimentary registration at Doha, making this particular Summit one not to be missed.

This year's agenda will be the most special ever, and is being developed as we write. For a flavor of the Summit, please see a prior agenda below, as well as our partial list of prior speakers and attendees.

To register, please visit the event registration link that will be activated soon.

AGENDA (from the Fourth Annual Sports and Entertainment Summit)

Monday, May 6

8:00 a.m. - 8:30 a.m. Registration and Breakfast

8:30 am. - 8:45 a.m. Welcome 8:45 a.m. - 9:45 a.m. Navigating the Grey: Corporate Sponsorship
  • Shannon Schuyler, Corporate Responsibility Leader, PriceWaterhouseCoopers (PwC) 
9:45 a.m. - 10:45 a.m. Jurassic Park Syndrome: Why Corporations Shouldn't Take the Cause Out of Cause-Marketing
10:45 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. Morning Break
11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Philanthropy for Sports and Entertainment: The Do’s and Don’ts
  • Deb Treyz, Vice Chairman and Global Head of The Philanthropy Centre for J. P. Morgan Private Bank
  • Charlie Stebbins, Managing Director, J.P. Morgan Private Bank
12:00 – 12:30  Buffet Lunch

12:30 - 1:30 Be The Change 1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. Staying on the Right Side of the Law: Legal Issues for Nonprofits
2:30 p.m. – 2:45 p.m. Afternoon Break
2:45 p.m. – 3:45 p.m. Media and Marketing: Traditional, Social, and Every Other Kind Imaginable!
  • Jonathan Heit, President, Allison+Partners
  • Terrie Williams, President, The Terrie Williams Agency; Author, The Personal Touch: What You Really Need To Succeed In Today's Fast-Paced Business World
  • TBA
3:45 p.m. – 4:45 p.m. Doing Well by Doing Good
  • Todd Jacobson, Senior Vice President, Social Responsibility, National Basketball Association (NBA)
 4:45 p.m. – 6:45 p.m. Networking Reception
Tuesday, May 7
8:00 a.m. - 8:30 a.m. Breakfast
8:30 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.  New Approaches to Cause-Marketing
  • Scott Pansky, Co-Founder and Senior Partner, Allison+Partners
9:30 a.m.- 10:30 a.m. A Celebrity, A Powerful Cause, and a Powerful Corporation:  Case Study of Chase’s Innovative Sponsorship of the Team Gleason House
  • Lois Backon, Executive Director, Global Philanthropy Division, JPMorgan Chase
  • Clare Durrett, Board Member, The Gleason Initiative Foundation
  • Marc Pollick, President of The Giving Back Fund
10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. Invaluable Lessons from Industry Veterans: Been There Done That!
  • Robin Bronk, CEO, The Creative Coalition
  • Sheila Kelly, Vice President, Development, Michael J. Fox Foundation
  • Peter Wilderotter, President & Chief Executive Officer, Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation (CDR)
11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.  TBA

12:30 – 1:00  Lunch Buffet

1:00 - 2:00 Roundtable Discussions with Speakers and Guests

Speakers will lead a table of 8 – 10 attendees for 20 minutes. A great opportunity for registrants to ask questions and get to know the speakers in a more informal setting. Attendees rotate tables every 20 minutes.
2:00 p.m. Closing Remarks:  Stephanie Sandler, Senior Vice President, The Giving Back Fund

Past Speakers Include (titles reflect positions at the time they spoke):
  • ELIZABETH A. AMERY, Senior Managing Director, Changing Our World
  • KURT ASCHERMANN, President and COO, Charity Partners LLC; Former Senior Vice President of Resource Development and Marketing for Boys & Girls Clubs of America
  • KING DAHL, Executive Director of Events, MGM Resorts Events
  • ANITA L. DEFRANTZ, President, Member of Board of Directors of LA84 Foundation
  • ERIC GAZIN, President and Founder, Auction Cause and Gazin Auctions
  • SCOTT GOLDMAN, Vice President of Development, Grammy Foundation and MusiCares Foundations
  • JONATHAN GREENBLATT, Director of the White House Office of Social Innovation and Civic Participation, Co-Founder, Ethos Water
  • TAMAR HOAPILI, Manager Community Relations/Video Production, Cox Communication
  • RENE JONES, Director of the United Talent Agency Foundation
  • VINU “JOE” JOSEPH, Senior Project Director, IEG Advisory Services
  • JIMMY LYNN, Vice President, Diversity Partnerships and Strategic Relationships, AOL
  • STACIE MANN, Director of Consumer Marketing, Network for Good
  • AMY MARTIN, Founder, Digital Royalty
  • NOAH MCMAHON, Co-Founder, Anonymous
  • DAN MIGALA, Vice President, Partnership Solutions, San Diego Padres
  • STEVE MILLER, CEO, Andre Agassi Foundation for Education
  • JAISON MORGAN, Founder Common Pool
  • ANDREW MORTON, President, Morton Advisors, P.C.
  • JOSEPH MOUZON, Executive Director, Nonprofit Services for Network for Good
  • SCOTT PANSKY, Co-Founder and Managing Partner, Southern California, Allison & Partners Public Relations
  • JONATHAN WEEDMAN, Regional Vice President, Wells Fargo Foundation
  • ADLAI WERTMAN, Professor of Clinical Social Responsibility, Marshall School of Business at the University of Southern California 
  • JONATHAN B. WILLIAMS, Director, Office of Corporate Relations, Corporation for National and Community Service

Past Attendees Include:
  • Arizona Cardinals Community Relations
  • Arizona Diamondbacks Community Relations
  • Auction Cause
  • BDA Sports   
  • Bryan Clay Foundation  
  • Challenged Athletes Foundation   
  • Chicago Bulls Community Relations 
  • Florida Marlins Community Relations  
  • Git-R-Done Foundation    
  • Kanye West Foundation
  • Magic Johnson Foundation
  • National Football Foundation  
  • Orlando Magic Youth Foundation
  • Pacers Foundation
  • Participant Productions
  • Pat & Emmitt Smith Charities  
  • Petty Family Foundation
  • Peyback Foundation
  • Right To Play International
  • Seattle Seahawks Community Relations
  • Taste of the NFL
  • The Jason Taylor Foundation
  • The Mercedes Lewis Foundation
  • Tony Hawk Foundation
  • Warrick Dunn Foundation