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July 20, 2023
12:00 p.m.

Patrick Rooney will present this year’s Giving USA Annual Report for the year 2023, providing analysis, observations and understanding of the data and the state of the philanthropy and the nonprofit sector in the United States.

Join us on July 20 at noon for this virtual session!

You also get access to the BONUS session: How to Become a CFRE starting at 11:30 a.m. 

More information below.

Virtual Session

After you register, a Zoom link will be shared with you prior to the session.

Trends in Philanthropy:
Giving USA 2023 Report

Meet Your Presenter

Patrick Rooney

Lilly Family School of Philanthropy


Patrick Rooney is the Glenn Family Chair in Philanthropy, and a Professor of Economics and Philanthropic Studies, as well as the Executive Associate Dean for Academic Programs at the IU Lilly Family School of Philanthropy.  Previously, while he served as the Executive Director of the Center on Philanthropy, he worked closely with the Center’s Faculty, Board of Visitors, and the IU administration for the Center to become the IU Lilly Family School of Philanthropy—the world’s first school of philanthropy.  Before that, Rooney also served as the Center’s first full-time Director of Research, building the Center into one of the nation’s premier philanthropy research organizations, leading research projects for organizations such as Giving USA, Bank of America, American Express, Gates Foundation, Google, and the United Way Worldwide.  He has served on the boards and advisory committees of many nonprofits.  A nationally recognized expert on philanthropy and charitable giving, Dr. Rooney has published many academic and practitioner-focused papers.  He speaks frequently across the country on issues related to philanthropy and nonprofit management and has been quoted by national news media outlets such as PBS’s Nightly Business Report, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, The Chronicle of Philanthropy, and USA Today.  He earned his BA, MA, and PhD in Economics at Notre Dame.



How to Become a CFRE

presented in partnership with CFRE International

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Meet Your Presenter

Wesley Scott, CFRE

Director of Philanthropy | Shriners Children's Lexington


Wesley Scott, a native of southern Illinois, is a proud adopted Kentuckian, calling it home since 2010. Wesley has over a decade of professional philanthropy experience, primarily in the youth and healthcare space, and serves nonprofits as both a philanthropy professional and a board member. Wesley is a proud CFRE Ambassador, President-Elect of the AFP Bluegrass Chapter, and is active in numerous local organizations. Wesley is a graduate of Bellarmine University, in Louisville, KY, received his MPA from the Martin School of Public Policy & Administration at the University of Kentucky, and is currently pursuing his Ph.D. in Educational Leadership with a focus in youth trauma policy. Wesley is married to his college sweetheart and they live on their idyllic small working horse farm in Bourbon County, KY.

Have you thought about becoming a Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE) but aren’t sure where to get started or if its right for you?

This session will give you an overview of the credential.


Whether you haven’t yet started your CFRE application or have one in-progress, you’ll gain a comprehensive understanding of how the process works – its benefits, eligibility requirements, completing the application, exam overview, taking the exam, an example test question, and recertification.


Remember, CFREs in the U.S. earn 5 – 16% more than non-CFREs with comparable experience (Source: 2022 AFP Compensation and Benefits Report).


If it’s time to level up your career, fundraising knowledge, and earning power, be sure to join us.

How to Become a CFRE

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