The Giving Back Fund, a national nonprofit organization that provides philanthropic consulting and management to professional athletes, entertainers, and other high-profile individuals, has announced new speakers for their 4th annual Sports and Entertainment Philanthropy Fundraising Summit, to be held at Planet Hollywood in Las Vegas on April 1 – April 3.

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.

Featured and new speakers include: Peter Carlisle Managing Director, Olympic and Action Sports, Octagon; Kathleen Hessert, Founder, Sports Media Challenge; and Elizabeth Santiso, Chief Operating Officer & Vice President, Keep A Child Alive.

The Summit will present world renowned experts in the areas of cause-marketing and sponsorship success, event planning, board development and governance, online fundraising, 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, has advised more than 150 professional athletes and entertainers on their philanthropy and believes the conference serves a critical purpose in the industry, " 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 leaned from each others’ successes and challenges, some of which are very unique to celebrity philanthropy."

Previous summits have received rave reviews from both speakers and attendees. As one attendee said, “It was fantastic! The speeches were informative and inspiring and the opportunity to network with and meet like-minded people involved in sports and philanthropy was so helpful…I believe the valuable lessons and information I learned at the conference, as well as the many people I was able to meet, will help to grow our charity.”

For more information on the Summit or to register, click here. is proud to be a media partner for this event.

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