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On November 7th and 8th, a panoply of donors, nonprofit leaders, and scholars will gather in Scottsdale to discuss the decline in religiosity in America.

As summer winds down, those of you interested in philanthropy and civil society are doubtless beginning to select which fall conferences to attend. These updates to our 2023 Givers, Doers, & Thinkers conference should have it jumping to the top of your list.

Scheduled to take place on November 7th and 8th in Scottsdale, AZ, this conference, presented by the Center for Civil Society, will gather donors, nonprofit leaders, and scholars of all kinds to discuss The Rise of the Nones: How Declining Religious Affiliation Is Changing Civil Society.

Philanthropy Daily readers likely appreciate why evaluating the Rise of the Nones is crucial to understanding the future of our country. While some research indicates that religious affiliation is in steep decline, the conference’s speakers and panelists will share how religiously affiliated nonprofits and donors provide hope for the future of civil society. By joining us in November, you will see how religion is still influential and does much good in the world.

Our agenda is now ready for your perusal. By joining us in Scottsdale, you’ll enjoy the following informative and inspiring lectures and panel discussions:


Tuesday, November 7th 

5:30 p.m.–7:30 p.m.: Welcome reception. 

6:15 p.m.: Fireside chat with Jack Fowler and Shelby Steele.


Wednesday, November 8th

8:45 a.m.: Featured speaker Michael Matheson Miller, Chief of Strategic Initiatives and Senior Research Fellow at the Acton Institute.

9:30 a.m.: Panel I: What’s the Lay of the Land for Religious Affiliation and What Has Contributed to Its Decline? Panelists include Ray Pennings and J.P. De Gance.

11:00 a.m.: Panel II: What Does Declining Religious Affiliation Mean for Religious Liberty? Panelists include Andy Gould, Jeremiah Galus, and John Pinheiro.

12:00 p.m.: Lunch and remarks from keynote speaker Mary Eberstadt, Panula Chair in Christian Culture at the Catholic Information Center in Washington, D.C., and Senior Research Fellow at the Faith & Reason Institute.

1:30 p.m.: Panel III: How Are Religious Ministries Responding? Panelists include Ericka Andersen and John Zimmer.

2:45 p.m.: Panel IV: How Are Educational Institutions Responding? Panelists include Erik Twist, Sr. Mary Jordan, and Mark Gottlieb.

4:00 p.m.: Panel V: How Givers Support Renewal of Faith through Giving. Panelists include John Coleman, Fred Clark, and Tim MacDonald.

5:00 p.m.: Closing reception.


The 2023 Givers, Doers, & Thinkers conference will be the third in our annual series. Those wishing to register can do so here. For sponsorship and group rates, please contact Center Director Jonathan Hannah directly at jhannah@amphil.com.

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