Join the Speakers Bureau
The WILLpower Speakers Bureau
was founded in 2001 as part of a community-wide effort to educate people about
ways they can contribute to their favorite charitable causes – either
individually through wise estate planning or the creation of a family
foundation, or through their businesses.
Speakers and materials are
offered at no charge to all types of organizations from grassroots community
movements to mature, established 501(c)(3) charities.
Our volunteer speakers make themselves available at least once each
year. They present all facets of
planned giving and organized philanthropy for nonprofit organizations, civic
and social groups, professional associations, and more.
As a volunteer in the WILLpower Speakers Bureau, you will be helping
area nonprofits hone their skills in attracting this type of charitable
donation and helping their donors understand the opportunities to give to
causes and organizations which have meaning to them.
Presenter Information Form (MS Word document)
Presenter Information Form (HTML format)
Endorse or Fund
has received national funding from New Ventures in Philanthropy, a
collaborative funded by Ford, Kellogg, Mott, and other U.S. private
foundations and administered by the Forum of Regional Associations of
Grantmakers in Washington, D.C.
is endorsed by the Monroe County Bar Association and has provided
sponsorship and programs to the Genesee Valley Chapter of the Association of
Fundraising Professionals and the Planned Giving Council of Upstate New
inception, WILLpower has been generously supported by the Advertising Council of Rochester with
donated creative and marketing assistance valued at over $500,000.
program has been generously supported since 1996 by over 16 private
foundations, public charities and corporations.
& Joseph Briggs Fund of the Rochester Area Community Foundation
Cicero & Associates
P. And Betty A. Iacona Fund of the Rochester Area Community Foundation
Area Community Foundation
Catholic Diocese of Rochester
Mary's Foundation (now Unity Health Foundation)
J. and Caroline F. Schmitt Foundation
and Vicki Schwartz Family Fund of the RACF
Way of Greater Rochester
As important as
national funding has been, it is WILLpower’s
local supporters who have made the program the valuable resource it is today.
New funders and endorsements for the program are always welcome.
In addition, the WILLpower task force welcomes your
ideas and suggestions about increasing charitable giving in our community.
If you would
like to become a WILLpower supporter and fund or endorse the
program through your organization, or if you have suggestions to share about the
effective promotion of philanthropy in greater Rochester, please contact Liz
Wilder, executive director of the Rochester Grantmakers Forum, a partner in WILLpower, at firstname.lastname@example.org.