Navigating uncertain terrain and international barriers to giving

On November 1st, 2017, Buff Kavelman moderated a panel discussion on changing trends in global philanthropy hosted by Philanthropy New York’s International Grantmakers Network. Panelists included Doug Rutzen, President and CEO of the International Center for Nonprofit Law, Una Osili, Associate Dean for Research and International Programs for Lilly School of Philanthropy at Indiana University and Jean Paul Warmoes, Director of King Baudouin Foundation United States.

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Buff Kavelman elected to the Authors Guild Foundation board

In June 2017, Buff Kavelman was elected to the Board of the Authors Guild Foundation, the charitable and educational arm of the Authors Guild. Founded in 1912, the Guild is the nation’s oldest and largest professional organization for writers. Its 9,000+ members include include novelists, historians, journalists, and poets as well as literary agents and representatives of writers’ estates. The organization protects and supports writing as a profession and fosters a rich, diverse literary community.

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Expert Workshop at The J. Paul Getty Trust for the Iconic Houses Network

On February 17, 2016, Buff Kavelman will present an expert workshop for the Iconic Houses Network Conference hosted by The J. Paul Getty Trust in Los Angeles. Buff will facilitate the workshop, which will also feature Antoine Wilmering, Senior Program Officer of The Getty Foundation, and two IHN members: Lynda Waggoner, Director of Fallingwater, and David Falkner, Director of Dorich House.

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The Kavelman Group on cultural philanthropy in the New York Times

The Kavelman Group served as a resource on donor motivation for the special feature in cultural philanthropy in the Sunday Arts section of the New York Times on October 11, 2015. Speaking of clients who have chosen to give anonymously: “Some people just have a joy in helping people,” said Buff Kavelman, the President of The Kavelman Group Philanthropic Advisors. They also may wish to protect their privacy when they make a major gift.

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A Capacity-Building Workshop for J. Paul Getty Trust

This fall, Buff Kavelman was retained by the J. Paul Getty Trust to lead a capacity-building workshop in Alghero, Italy, for global heritage site directors from ten Balkan, Middle Eastern and North African countries as part of the Getty Conservation Institute’s MOSAIKON initiative. The perseverance and dedication of the participants is notable. Many work with limited resources or in war-torn countries, making their accomplishments all the more impressive. Buff was honored to be able to help these cultural leaders build new tools to expand their professional networks and attract new funding partnerships.

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Ken Goody Joins The Kavelman Group

We are pleased to announce that Ken Goody has joined The Kavelman Group, bringing over 25 years of experience with private and family foundations, family offices, financial and nonprofit institutions. He has created grantmaking programs and philanthropic policies and procedures for private, corporate and community foundations; has written numerous strategic nonprofit business development plans; and has worked to guide and enable individuals and families to establish and reach their philanthropic goals. He holds a Chartered Advisor in Philanthropy (CAP) designation by the American College. As well as serving as a senior consultant at The Kavelman Group, Ken is also the Foundation Executive for a private family foundation that funds domestic and international programs to benefit vulnerable children.

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“In Big-Dollar Philanthropy, (Your Name Here) vs. Anonymity”

Buff Kavelman was interviewed by New York Times reporter Mark Oppenheimer for his May 11, 2013 article on major philanthropic giving in New York City. Through the lens of Judeo-Christian teaching on giving, Mr. Oppenheimer examined donor motives behind named and anonymous gifts. Ms. Kavelman shared insights from her work with a client capable of making seven-figure contributions, who chose to remain anonymous. In the case of this donor, privacy was a top priority.

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White House Business Briefing Regarding Budget and Fiscal Cliff

Through her involvement with the American Sustainable Business Council, Buff Kavelman participated in a White House briefing call on November 30th with senior Administration officials on President Obama’s plan for the budget and the current situation regarding the fiscal cliff. Business leaders who took part in this conversation were encouraged to offer their input concerning how best the administration can forge partnerships with and insure the success of small businesses in the future.

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American Youth Leadership Program Sponsored by the State Department

Buff Kavelman recently served on the selection committee for the American Youth Leadership Program in Peru, sponsored by the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs of the U.S. Department of State in partnership with World Savvy. This unique cultural exchange program will bring together U.S. and Peruvian students and U.S. educators of diverse backgrounds for an examination of global food scarcity and nutrition issues. Ms. Kavelman also served on the selection committee for the same program in Bangladesh, which brought together U.S. and Bangladeshi students and U.S. educators of diverse backgrounds for an examination of global climate change issues.

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A Conversation with Jennifer Buffet and Robert F. Sherman

On January 12th, 2012, Jennifer Buffet, President and Co-Chair of the NoVo Foundation, and Robert F. Sherman, Director of NoVo’s Initiative for Social and Emotional Learning, participated in a luncheon program co-hosted by New York Philanthropic Advisors Network (NYPAN) and Philanthropy New York (PNY). Buff Kavelman, a NYPAN Board Member, moderated the discussion, which provided an inside view of the foundation’s new initiatives, partnerships and strategies to an enthusiastic audience of over 100 philanthropic professionals.

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