Reimagining Philanthropy: Looking to the Future of Giving

As we emerge from the pandemic, three areas tend to bubble up when we re envision the current state of philanthropy: diversity, equity & inclusion, technology, and building relationships with donors and the community. 

With this panel of experts from each of these fields, we will explore what trends do they see emerging and what they see may lie for the future of philanthropy in their own “crystal balls.”

 


Panelist Bios

 

amalia deloney - Vice President and Director of Digital Equity at the Robert W. Deutsch Foundation

amalia is a strategic designer, systems thinker and capacity builder. With a focus on technology and social justice, she has led capacity building initiatives, designed programs and created innovative grantmaking strategies for over twenty years. Previously she was the Co-Executive Director of the Media Democracy Fund, now she serves as the Vice President and Director of Digital Equity at the Robert W. Deutsch Foundation. A recipient of multiple fellowships, amalia holds a BA in History and Urban Studies, and a JD with a concentration in social justice.


 

Sarah TeDesco -  Executive Vice President & Co-Owner at DonorSearch

Sarah TeDesco serves as the Executive Vice President, and co-owner at DonorSearch, a family owned and operated company, serving over 9000 nonprofit users. She helps direct operations, client success and marketing. For the past 15 years, Sarah has enjoyed working with organizations to create strategic plans, implement new products and systems, and collaborate with clients and partners on new initiatives. Prior to working at DonorSearch, Sarah worked as a prospect researcher for the Baltimore Community Foundation. She’s a graduate of University of Maryland with a BA in English and Psychology, and currently a graduate student working on her MBA at the Smith School of Business. She enjoys time outside and lives on a lake with her husband and labradoodle, Olazza.


 

Destiny-Simone Ramjohn - Vice President of Community Health and Social Impact at CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield

Dr. Destiny-Simone Ramjohn, Ph.D., is the Vice President of Community Health & Social Impact of CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield (CareFirst), the region’s largest not-for-profit healthcare company. Destiny joined CareFirst in January 2020 and leads philanthropic giving and authentic community engagement strategies where people live, learn, work, play and seek care to drive measurable health improvements. This intentional alignment of business, social and health impact, with an eye toward equity, enables CareFirst to enhance members' lives and the communities it serves.

Creating conditions that promote health equity is at the core of Dr. Ramjohn's personal and professional mission. Her work examines the role of anchor institutions, like universities and health systems, in generating economic and health impacts that minimize inequities, especially jobs, added years of life from better health, reduced use of emergency departments for primary care, and more. Dr. Ramjohn is a strategic disruptor and innovative change agent, enthusiastically implementing new ideas to ensure that large health systems' policies, programs and practices align with an equity agenda.  

Her research and work are guided by a strong desire to advance health equity using authentically inclusive, empowering, and evidence-based techniques to bring our nation's most vulnerable from the margins of our society to the center of dialogue, advocacy, and power. She earned her Ph.D. in Sociomedical Sciences from Columbia University. She earned her B.A. in Sociology from North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University.

Destiny-Simone lives in Baltimore City and actively gives her time, talent and treasure to a range of organizations, including the Harbor City Chapter of The Links, Incorporated, Alpha Kappa Alpha, Sorority, Incorporated, Fayette Street Outreach, Roberta's House, Generation Hope and Leaders of a Beautiful Struggle.

 

Moderator Bio

 

Jennifer K. Pelton - Director of Development at The Center for Mind-Body Medicine

Jennifer K. Pelton, MA, CFRE is a veteran fundraiser and nonprofit manager with nearly thirty years of experience. Ms. Pelton’s career has included leadership positions in arts, legal services, and social justice organizations. In 2022, Ms. Pelton joined The Center for Mind-Body Medicine as the Director of Development. Prior to this, as the lead fundraiser for both the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press and the Public Justice Center, she oversaw significant financial growth to fuel expansion of important services. Ms. Pelton also served as the Executive Director of the Baltimore Chamber Orchestra and worked with the Baltimore Chesapeake Bay Outward Bound program, the House of Ruth, and Safe Against Violence. Ms. Pelton has held the distinguished international credential of Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE) since 2006 and she graduated from the Association of Fundraising Professionals’ Faculty Training Academy in 2010. She was previously an officer of the AFP-Maryland Chapter Board of Directors. As a consultant and retreat facilitator, Ms. Pelton focuses her practice on supporting small shop practitioners and nurturing effective boards. Ms. Pelton has published numerous articles in the Grassroots Fundraising Journal and the Management Information Exchange Journal. She is the co-creator, with Linda Beeman, of a toolkit that helps nonprofit organizations build effective development plans.  In November 2022, Ms. Pelton graduated from Adler University with a Master of Arts in Organizational Leadership.  She lives in Baltimore, MD with her husband Jeff and is the proud mother of a theater director, a ballet dancer and a physicist.