#discussCLT Events

Previous Event: Navigating Nonprofits

WHEN: Thursday, October 19, 2017 at 6:00 p.m.
WHERE: Lenny Boy Brewing Co. 
                3000 S Tryon St

Charlotte has a robust nonprofit sector. But clients and organizations alike often complain this can lead to organizations competing in the same space for money, material donations, and volunteer hours. So how can nonprofits keep from stepping on each others’ toes? And how can you get more involved and maximize what you give? Join us for great discussion on this, and much more. As usual, we will have complimentary food and drink to enjoy before the panel begins.




Kelly Brooks is the Founder & Executive Director of SHARE Charlotte, a one-stop shop for 400+ CLT nonprofits – with a simple mission of uniting Charlotte through good and inspiring investment in the local nonprofit community. Since its founding in 2012, SHARE, with the help of sponsors and community partners, has raised over $12 million for local nonprofitsthrough campaigns such as #GivingTuesdayCLT and #summershare. As a result of the organization’s success, in 2016, Kelly was named a
Charlottean of the Year by Charlotte Magazine.





Michael DeVaul is a 31-year veteran of the YMCA and his current role is Chief Community Impact Officer. Michael began his career at the McGaw YMCA in Evanston, Illinois where he served for just over 15 years before joining the YMCA of Greater Charlotte in 1999. He considers himself and a Husband and Father first, a social entrepreneur is committed to impact and paying his privileges forward. Michael was recognized by a number of organizations but most recently honored as a Champion or Change by the White House in 2014 for his efforts in community building, diversity, inclusion and global work across the greater Charlotte community.



Mary Gallivan is the Vice President and Director, Centers for Giving for Foundation For The Carolinas. Located in Charlotte, North Carolina, the Foundation is dedicated to inspiring philanthropy and strengthening the region through innovative community initiatives and quality services to donors and constituents. Managing assets, owned and represented, of approximately $2 billion, the Foundation holds over 3000 charitable funds and ranks as the 8th largest community foundation in the United States. In her role, Mary oversees business development and relationship management for the Foundation’s three Centers: Corporate Philanthropy, Personal Philanthropy and Nonprofit Sustainability.




Josh Jacobson brings deep experience in organizational development and change management to his leadership of Next Stage Consulting, a strategy and implementation firm based in Charlotte, NC and serving nonprofit organizations and social cause start-ups throughout the Carolinas. Next Stage Consulting provides organizations access to affordable, high-quality consulting services to help them “get to the next level.”  Over the last decade, her has directly managed engagements with more than 150 nonprofits of all sizes and missions.




Thank you to everyone who joined us for our last event, Charlotte Media Matters.

Listen to the full audio from the panel in our podcast recap here.
Read a summary article of the event here.


What is #discussCLT?


At Charlotte magazine, we are committed to making this city better. Each year we feature a few Charlotteans who are doing just that in our December issue. We call them our Charlotteans of the Year. Throughout the following year, we  host a series of discussions on our city's defining issues tied to our Charlotteans of the Year honorees. We bring together our current and past Charlotteans of the Year, local leaders and thinkers, and YOU to confront Charlotte's challenges. We call it #discussCLT, an event series powered by OrthoCarolina. We're committed to keeping the conversation alive between events with related articles, commentary, photos and video on this page.


2017 #discussCLT Event Schedule:

  • February 16
  • April 13
  • June 15
  • August 17
  • October 19


Previous Event Topics:

Charlotte magazine produced multiple #discussCLT events over the past couple of years that covered a variety of topics. See the topics, who was on the panel, and pictures from the events by clicking on the images below. See related articles and content by scrolling down.





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