The Giving Back Fund, a national nonprofit organization that provides philanthropic consulting and management to professional athletes, entertainers, other high-profile individuals, and corporations, will hold their fifth annual Sports and Entertainment Philanthropy Summit in New York on May 6 and May 7.

The Summit will focus exclusively on sports and entertainment philanthropy, providing practical advice and expertise targeted to Executive Directors, Development Directors, pro teams’ Community Relations personnel, celebrities’ families and friends, and others who are currently advising celebrity-associated charities.

Speakers include: Todd Jacobson, Senior Vice President of Social Responsibility at the National Basketball Association (NBA); Lois Backon, Executive Director of Global Philanthropy at JPMorgan Chase; Robin Bronk, CEO at the Creative Coalition; Sheila Kelly, Vice President of Development at the Michael J. Fox Foundation, and Peter Wilderotter, President and Chief Executive Officer at the Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation.

The Summit will present world-renowned experts in the areas of cause-marketing and sponsorship success, board development and governance, fundraising, public relations, and legal issues, with a special emphasis on the unique challenges and opportunities associated with celebrity charities. The Summit is also an excellent opportunity to network with decision makers for athlete and celebrity associated charities.

Stephanie Sandler, Senior Vice President of The Giving Back Fund said, " Those of us who are working in the field of sports and entertainment philanthropy rarely have the opportunity to spend any concentrated time with our colleagues. So much can be learned from each others’ successes and challenges, some of which are very unique to celebrity philanthropy."

Sponsors for the Summit include Annual Registration Management, Britton Gallagher, Witt/Kieffer, JP Morgan, and UPrinting.com

For more information on the Summit or to register, please visit www.GivingBack.org.

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