About 100 nonprofit leaders, staff and volunteers gathered for "Thriving in the New Philanthropy Era," a speakers' forum organized by the Tri-Valley Nonprofit Alliance (TVNPA) and sponsored by Sapience Nonprofit Solutions. The event took place April 12 at the Bankhead Theater in Livermore.

The forum addressed the challenges that local community-based nonprofits face during a time when philanthropists are increasingly supporting national and overseas rather than local causes, tax reform has placed new limits on the charitable contribution deduction, and donor advised funds have given third parties authority over gifting decisions.

The speakers included Jan Masaoka, CEO of the California Association of Nonprofits; Randy Pond, CFO of Pensando Systems; and Kate Wilkinson, Director of Strategy and Project Leadership for Open Impact.

The forum was the first TVNPA event for Christine Wente, President of the Wente Foundation for Arts Education (WFAE). "I was really impressed by the TVNPA forum. The speakers were knowledgeable and engaging and I gained insights that will help with WFAE fundraising. I look forward to attending future TVNPA events."

Lisa Blanchard, Executive Director of The Grateful Garment Project in San Jose, attended along with Board and staff members. "The three presenters were top tier and I was on the edge of my seat throughout the event. There were many takeaways from this half day session. This was our first TVNPA event and we are already looking forward to the next one."

"The event was incredibly informative, sobering and uplifting," said TVNPA Board member and event chair Chris Carter. "Kate, Randy and Jan offered some great insights into the world of philanthropy. It’s truly remarkable what’s happening, and I learned new ways to connect to today's philanthropists and continue to thrive." Carter is Development Director for the Livermore Valley Performing Arts Center.

TNVPA offers monthly seminars in which industry experts address topics of interest to the nonprofit sector. TVNPA serves nonprofits throughout the Bay Area. For more information visit TVNPA.org