Keynote Gunn to focus on philanthropy at nonprofit luncheon

By: Dave Somers, The Center for Nonprofit Excellence
September 15, 2015 Updated: September 15, 2015 at 1:13 pm
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photo - Mary Shipsey Gunn will keynote the Partners in Philanthropy Luncheon on October 7. Courtesy of The Center for Nonprofit Excellence
Mary Shipsey Gunn will keynote the Partners in Philanthropy Luncheon on October 7. Courtesy of The Center for Nonprofit Excellence 

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Philanthropy transforms quality of life in Colorado Springs and the Pikes Peak region, something Mary Shipsey Gunn knows quite well. Gunn will keynote Partners in Philanthropy from 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. on October 7 at The Broadmoor Hotel, as the community gathers to recognize philanthropy’s impact this past year.

Gunn, the former executive director of the David and Lucille Packard Foundation in Pueblo, will offer reflections on her 20 years in Colorado as well as her progressive work as the new director of philanthropy at the Monterrey Peninsula Foundation in California. Hosted by the Center for Nonprofit Excellence (CNE), the event also features awards in multiple categories of giving.

While businesses and investors may look for a direct return on investment, charitable gifts from philanthropically minded organizations and individuals are often measured by a social return on investment, and Partners in Philanthropy celebrates these self-less gifts. CNE invites the community to attend and recognize honorees in individual, corporate, and grant-making categories for their work.

In past years, the event has recognized how philanthropy has achieved such local landmarks as The Garden of the Gods Visitors Center and the innovative Lane Center for Academic Health Sciences at UCCS. Last year’s event introduced two new awards for NextGen and Multi-Generational philanthropy in addition to awards for outstanding individual, corporate (both large and small business), foundation, and campaign volunteer. Attendees learn how charitable gifts in our region create the dynamic environment citizens enjoy.


The Center for Nonprofit Excellence believes nonprofits are essential to a better quality of life for those in our community. Every day, we strengthen southern Colorado’s nonprofit sector through leadership and resource development, advocacy and collaboration, because nonprofit organizations can only excel when they successfully achieve their missions. For over twenty years, the Center for Nonprofit Excellence has been serving the Pikes Peak region by providing educational workshops and networking opportunities, community events, valuable resources and collaborative programs. We connect people and organizations with the resources they are looking for, we act as a voice for the nonprofit sector, and we promote best practices for nonprofit organizations to follow. We help nonprofits excel.

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