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PHL GC (V) New Perspectives in Philanthropy: Bringing about Change


TTN Philadelphia Giving Circle
presents a panel discussion on
New Perspectives in Philanthropy: Bringing about Change
Thursday, March 2nd
2:00 - 3:30pm EST

via Zoom

Individuals and groups have the power to effect significant changes through philanthropy on all levels of giving.  This belief anchors the philosophy of collective giving on which TTN Philadelphia’s Giving Circle is grounded.  By joining our first 2023 program, you will gain insights into the impact of collective giving as well as how philanthropy is changing to have a more direct and localized impact.


Our panelists are Philadelphia leaders of local organizations who will discuss how their organizations and others have brought about change through solutions created and led by those most effected by the myriad of challenges facing women and children in Philadelphia. They are:

Amy Holdsman, Moderator, Founder and President, Essential Leadership
Diane Cornman-Levy, Chief Disruptor of Women’s Way

Edurne (Eddie) Irizarry, Lead of Community Impact, Social Venture Partners, Philadelphia

Jovida Hill, Executive Director, Office of Engagement for Women, Mayor's Office

Our panelists will also illustrate how, through trust-based relationships between donors and nonprofits, the power imbalance between grant makers and grantees is shifting.   Unrestricted funding, transparency and responsiveness on the part of grant makers, providing support beyond the check and recognizing that nonprofits know best how to serve their communities, are just some of the ways in which the philanthropy lens is being re-focused.


And, finally, you will hear from people with “lived experience” with poverty and other social issues and how they are playing a critical role in deciding the ways in which funds can positively impact their underserved communities. 

As a member, friend or colleague of the TTN Philadelphia Giving Circle, you won't want to miss this informative discussion!  Join us and register below.

Amy Holdsman     Moderator

Amy Holdsman is the Founder and President of Essential Leadership: a leadership coaching and philanthropic advising firm based in the Philadelphia area. Essential Leadership was established to help guide clients in their philanthropic endeavors and to amplify their voice, vision, and values to make strategic and impactful investments. She coaches individuals and families as they are establishing, expanding, or refining family foundations and/or involving the next generation in philanthropic activities. Amy currently serves as Executive Director of the Green Family Foundation

Amy is a Chartered Advisor in Philanthropy (CAP ®), a 21/64 Certified Advisor for Multigenerational Philanthropy, a Professional Certified Coach (PCC) with the International Coaches Federation and has earned a certificate in Applied Positive Psychology with The Flourishing Center. Amy’s recent speaking engagements have focused on topics including “Managing Difficult Conversations in Philanthropy”, “Using Tools to Create a Vision for Your Philanthropy” and “Engaging with Purpose- Identifying and Using the Four T’s”. She has immersed in the study of Family Systems at the Council for Relationships and the Bowen Center for the Study of the Family at Georgetown University.

Amy has served in leadership positions in the Greater Philadelphia nonprofit arena for thirty years, including five years as the Executive Director of the Maguire Foundation and eleven years as Executive Director of White-Williams Scholars and the Charles Ellis Trust. Prior to assuming leadership at White-Williams Scholars, Amy worked for seven years at Leadership Philadelphia where she introduced the concept of board service to hundreds of executives and placed them on boards of directors. It was there that she became familiar with the nonprofit landscape and invested herself in meaningful service to the community.

Amy has held various roles in the community including being a mentor to young women through Mighty Writers and Philadelphia Futures on navigating the college going landscape. She is a past Board Chair of Philabundance, and past board member of The Farmers Market Trust (now The Food Trust) and Congregation Rodeph Shalom. She proudly served for more than a decade as the Pronouncer in the annual Philadelphia Tribune Spelling Bee. She is the 2018 Give Back Award winner at the Baird Women's Lifestyle Conference.

Amy earned her MA in Urban Studies from Temple University and her BA in Journalism from The George Washington University. She is a registered yoga instructor (RYT-200) with the Yoga Alliance. Amy lives in the Mt. Airy neighborhood of Philadelphia with her husband Kenny. They have two sons living in Los Angeles, Greg (26) and Danny (24) and two dogs, Rosie (12) and Reece (5). She is forever grateful for the eleven years that she and her family shared their lives with their beloved dog Raffi.
To learn more about Essential Leadership, click here.

Diane Cornman-Levy

Diane brings more than 30 years of nonprofit leadership, coalition building, community organizing and fundraising experience to WOMEN’S WAY. A tireless advocate for gender and racial equity, Diane joined WOMEN’S WAY in January 2017 after running for State Representative of the 168th District. Diane was also co-founder and executive director of two non-profits, both of which work to improve education, health and economic equity for families.
In each of these positions, Diane challenged the status quo through forging cross-sector partnerships and designing new programs that increased economic, health and education opportunities for families, teens, returning citizens, and self-taught artists with mental health challenges. During her tenure at WOMEN’S WAY, she led the transformation of the organization including designing a new brand, creating new grantmaking programs, building a citywide, collaborative initiative to advance the economic security of women and leading a year-long intervention to embed antiracism in every aspect of WOMEN’S WAY.

Diane currently is a member of the Forum of Executive Women and two FORUM committees: Pay Equity and Public Sector Leadership Committees, Co-Chair of the Run for Office Peer Circle, and a board member of the nonprofit organization, LiveWell.

Growing up in a family who was deeply committed to social justice built the foundation of her diverse career as a community activist, healthcare professional, educator, and non-profit leader. Diane received a Bachelor of Science in Psychology at Brown University and a Master of Science in Physical Therapy at Northwestern University.
To learn more about Women's Way,  click here.



Edurne (Eddie) Irizarry

As Lead, Community Impact for Social Venture Partners (SVP), Edurne or Eddie is responsible for advancing SVP’s dual purpose of cultivating effective philanthropy in the region and helping to strengthen poverty-fighting nonprofits via the SVP Partner(donor) network. Specifically, she works with SVP Partners in designing and implementing SVP’s investment(grantmaking) strategy, supporting Partner’s in working with nonprofit investees(grantees) across a spectrum of capacity building efforts, manages SVP’s Partner education program, engages and stewards the Partner network, managing key strategic partnerships, and evaluating SVPs impact. 

Prior to joining SVP, Eddie, was a Program Officer with the Philadelphia Foundation (PF) managing the Foundation’s discretionary grantmaking portfolio including YOUTHadelphia, PF’s youth in philanthropy program. Additional responsibilities included the development and implementation of outreach strategies to nonprofits with the least access to PF resources.  

Born in Puerto Rico and raised in Philadelphia, Edurne has 25+ years of experience working in the Philadelphia non-profit sector, including positions at the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts, Youth United for Change, Congreso de Latinos Unidos, and the Mazzoni Center for LGBTQ Health and Well Being. Her experiences include organization, community, and youth development; advocacy and direct action organizing; program design, implementation, and evaluation; strategic planning and coalition building.

Eddie is a graduate of Bodine High School in Philadelphia and holds an MSW through the University of Pa., School of Social Policy and Practice. Eddie currently resides in North Philadelphia with her Partner, stepdaughters, their dog Riley and a cat named Huey.
To learn more about SVP, click here.

Jovida Hill

Jovida Hill joined the administration of Mayor James F. Kenney in February 2016 as the Administrator of the Office of Diversity and Inclusion (the office has since been renamed the Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion). In June 2016 she was elected to serve as Executive Director of the Philadelphia Commission for Women, a post created by a ballot initiative put to Philadelphia voters in the May 2015 Primary Election.  The following year, she was appointed to serve as Executive Director of the city’s first Office for Engagement of Women.


The Office for Engagement of Women promotes civic, educational, and economic policies that enhance the lives of women and girls from all walks of life.  Through public engagement, the office and the Commission for Women make recommendations to the Mayor, City Council and other policy makers that advance social justice, equal rights, and economic opportunities. 


Jovida has been an award-winning writer and producer of more than 200 films and videos for education, broadcast, marketing, and training for Kinocraft Media, Inc. Her work has included the civil rights series In the Land of Jim Crow which documents poignant first person accounts of the African American experience in the pursuit of justice and equality;  the series Reinventing Democracy, which celebrates the role of civic engagement in expanding civil rights and social justice, hosted by historian Douglas Brinkley; the K-5 civic engagement series Community Helpers; and the series Celebrate that introduces children in grades K-5 to multicultural celebrations that herald our differences to amplify our similarities.  Her clients included Simon and Schuster, Coronet Films, Better Business Productions, Lou Reda Productions, The NAACP Legal Defense and Education Fund, the American Civil Liberties Union,  the School District of Camden New Jersey, and NFL Films among others.


She has been awarded five CINE Golden Eagle Awards from the Council on Nontheatrical Events including her award winning “Driving While Black or Brown” Public Service Announcement for the American Civil Liberties Union, her video for the NAACP Legal Defense and Education Fund commemorating the 50th anniversary of the Brown v. Board of Education Supreme Court decision and for the video “Talking About Your Cancer: A Parent’s Guide” for Fox Chase Cancer Center. She has received honors from the Chicago Children’s Film Festival, and a 2007 Art and Change Award from the Leeway Foundation for “Grandma’s Kids” that sheds light on kinship care.  Jovida was also the recipient of the Community Engagement Award from the Coalition of Labor Union Women (CLUW) and the 2021 Shirley Chisholm Award from the Philadelphia Chapter of the National Organization for Women (NOW).

For more information on the Philadelphia Commission for Women, click here.

Thursday, March 2, 2023, 2:00 PM until 3:30 PM
via Zoom

Additional Info:
Event Contact(s):
Mary Klein
Sandi K Slap
Open to All
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