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Separation of Church and Philanthropy: Does Doing Good Require Religion? (Grand Rapids)

May 8, 2013
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

The Sweet House
254 E. Fulton
Grand Rapids, MI 49503 United States

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Organized by:
Jennifer Beahan
Phone: 616-698-2342 x801
Email: jbeahan@centerforinquiry.org


Join us for “Separation of Church and Philanthropy: Does Doing Good Require Religion?” to examine philanthropy’s increasingly important role in society as we debunk some myths, and explore the differences in religious and secular giving. Our discussion will focus on how we can enhance the role of secular humanism in philanthropy, learn from our religious counterparts, and expand the space for secular contributions to society.

Meetings are open to the Public

After the meeting, join us at Vitale’s Restaurant, 834 Leonard NE, Grand Rapids, MI to socialize. View Map

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About Aubrey Adrianson

Professor, Ferris State University

Aubrey Adrianson is an author and is the editor of the Secularite Magazine. She also teaches English as a Second Language to adults. She has a bachelor’s degree in English education from Western Michigan University and a master’s degree in TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) from Grand Valley State University. Aubrey has taught English in a variety of settings but most enjoys teaching English to adults. Aubrey became interested in the secular movement after having children. She was becoming concerned about what seemed to her as the institutionalized and systematic indoctrination of her children. Since then, she has sought out other atheists, started a blog, and written books. Her blog, Being Atheist in a Christian America, focuses on a variety of topics including feminism, church state separation, and parenting, but she also branches out into other topics. She also writes for Secularite.com. Aubrey’s books are focused on parenting and children’s fiction. Her most recent book, Aurora and the Secret Friend, is available via her website.

About Salvatore Alaimo, PhD

Professor, GVSU

Salvatore Alaimo is an Assistant Professor in the School of Public, Nonprofit and Health Administration at Grand Valley State University where he teaches graduate and undergraduate courses in nonprofit administration, including a graduate course he developed in program evaluation. His research interests are in the areas of evaluation, volunteer management and contract management. Dr. Alaimo has published several book chapters and a journal article in New Directions for Evaluation that was republished in 2010 in The Jossey-Bass Reader on Nonprofit and Public Leadership. He is currently producing a documentary entitled What is Philanthropy? that intends to enhance our understanding of the concept of philanthropy and its role in American society. Dr. Alaimo previously taught nonprofit management courses as an adjunct professor at Georgia State University and Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI). He has nine years experience working at nonprofit organizations including the United Way and the Girl Scouts, and has also consulted ten years for nonprofits including the National Benevolent Association, the University of Georgia, Georgia Ballet, International Rescue Committee, United Way, and Latin American Association among others. Dr. Alaimo earned his Ph.D. in Philanthropic Studies at Indiana University and his Master’s degree in Urban Studies, concentrating in Nonprofit Administration, at Georgia State University.