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Sparks ‘n Sips: Choosing the Right Giving Structures for Maximum Impact

April 5, 2018 @ 4:30 pm - 6:30 pm MDT


Registration required. Complimentary for Members (contact B:CIVIC for promo code). $45 for non-members.

Leading with purpose. Learn from Jandel Allen-Davis, MD, Vice President, Government, External Relations and Research at Kaiser Permanente Colorado, Mark Berzins, Founder & Lead Dog at Little Pub Company and Jerome Davis, Regional Vice President, Colorado at Xcel Energy Company on how they choose the right giving structures for their companies to maximize impact.

April 5, 2018 4:30 to 6:30 p.m.  (Includes Program & Reception)

Due to an event in the space prior, please arrive between 4:15 and 4:30. Hors d’oeurves will be served beginning at 4:30.

Blair-Caldwell African American Research Library-The Links Room

2401 Welton St. Denver, CO 80205

Registration required. Complimentary for Members- Please Contact B:CIVIC for promo code. $45 for non-members. Register Here. 

The program will provide an overview of the three most common vehicles businesses use to make cash donations: from a business budget line, through a corporate foundation, or through the giving vehicle, donor-advised fund (DAF).

Topics will include:

  • Advantages and Disadvantages of these giving tools
  • The flexibility and limitations businesses will face using these structures
  • How to choose the right giving structure for your organization

Presenter:  Sarah Harrison, Vice President of Philanthropic Services, The Denver Foundation (Read Bio Here)

Moderator: Shanda Vangas, Community Investments & Partnerships Manager, QEP Resources

Followed by a panel of business leaders:

·        Jandel Allen-Davis, MD, Vice President, Government, External Relations and Research at Kaiser Permanente Colorado; Board Member, The Denver Foundation

Dr. Allen-Davis leads the organization’s government relations and regulatory affairs, community relations and community benefit investment, clinical research activities, stakeholder engagement, communications, and advertising and marketing functions.

“My vision is for Kaiser Permanente to be our community’s most valuable partner in health. We want to support dialogue and collaboration to help our patients, our people, and Colorado thrive,” she said.

·        Mark Berzins, Founder & Lead Dog at Little Pub Company; Board Member, B:CIVIC

Mark Berzins is the founder and Lead Dog of the Little Pub Company, which operates 24 neighborhood bars and restaurants in the Denver-metro area.  He also manages investments in real estate, brewing, and other emerging industries.  His heart likes to write checks neither his bank or calendar can cash.

·        Jerome Davis, Regional Vice President, Colorado at Xcel Energy Company; Board Member, Metro Denver Economic Development Corporation

Davis has executive leadership responsibility for local government affairs in 165 communities located throughout the state. He oversees the managed accounts of the company’s largest business customers, which together comprise more than $1 billion in annual revenue. Under his guidance, Xcel Energy has built a solid and well-earned reputation for community involvement.

The company’s charitable giving foundation, which is supported by shareholder investments, has made substantial investments across focus groups. Davis also has oversight of the company’s United Way Campaign, employee volunteer programs, and corporate sponsorships that support organizations and programs in the communities we serve.

Read full bios here

These three will share how and why they use the different tools to achieve their philanthropic and business goals and to increase their impact in the community. In addition to answering questions from the audience.

No matter the size of your organization the insight from these leaders is designed to help you with your CSR initiatives and business strategies. Learning what these companies can show us about leading with purpose.


To register, go to BlackTie Colorado Events or click here. 

Hosted & Sponsored by The Denver Foundation

Questions or Interested in B:CIVIC membership? Contact Jess Welser at Jessica.welser@bcivic.org


April 5, 2018
4:30 pm - 6:30 pm MDT
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