Speaker Series – June 2014

Summary of June 2014 Speaker Series Event –
Donors Are Collaborating for Social Change – What Advisors Should Know

Over the last few years the collective impact movement nationwide has grown significantly based on the idea that large-scale social change requires broad cross-sector coordination.

In Cincinnati and a large number of other municipalities collaboration is “the new normal.” They are seeing significant gains in solving intractable problems. In OC, this approach is building momentum with some large community-based initiatives underway.

Join us as we explore specific ways, with three top leaders of this movement in OC, for donors to become knowledgeable, engaged, and supportive through strategic giving. This is a client friendly event.


Speaker: Gerald R. Solomon –
Chair, OC STEM Initiative; Executive Director, Samueli Foundation; Member, OC Funders Roundtable

Gerald R. Solomon has served as the Samueli Foundation’s Executive Director since April, 2008. Prior to the Samueli Foundation, Mr. Solomon served as CEO of Public Health Foundation Enterprises (PHFE) for seven (7) years, where he transformed the organization from an LA-centric provider of funding and services into national prominence. At the time of Mr. Solomon’s departure, PHFE was operating in 31 states with 1,600 employees and annual revenues exceeding $120 Million.

Speaker: Max L. Gardner –
President and CEO, Orange County United Way

As the President and CEO of Orange County United Way, Mr. Gardner oversees United Way’s operations and leads the 90-year-old health and human services organization toward advancing our mission of improving lives and strengthening Orange County by focusing on the Building Blocks for a good quality of life: Education, Income, Health and Housing. By investing in Orange County children, families and individuals, United Way helps them meet their most basic human needs–food, shelter, medical care–while creating pathways to self-sufficient futures through education and training.

Speaker: Christina Altmayer –
Executive Director, Children and Families Commission of Orange County

Christina Altmayer was recently appointed as the Executive Director of the Children and Families Commission of Orange County after serving about six months as the Interim Executive Director. Christina had previously served as a consultant to the Commission since its inception and was the program director for its pediatric health investments. Prior to accepting the position, Christina was the President of Altmayer Consulting, Inc. and specialized in management consulting to public and nonprofit agencies.


Moderator: Marty Dutch –
Associate Vice President, Philanthropic Services,
First Foundation Advisors

Marty Dutch serves as assistant vice president for First Foundation’s consulting group. In this role, she manages our Supporting Our Communities initiative – a program that helps nonprofits strengthen their organizational and fundraising capacities through cash grants and in-kind consulting services. In addition, Ms. Dutch serves as executive director of Scholars First, a public charity created by First Foundation which provides higher education scholarships through funds designated by individual donors, corporations and private foundations.

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