One of the keys to elevating our impact and the effectiveness how we serve our community is to facilitate learning opportunities and conversations among key stakeholders. Philanthropy Talk is the forum in which we share ideas, insights, and feedback among nonprofit & community leaders, funders, and philanthropists.


“MEASURE IT! What your Funders and Donors want you to know!”

October 21st   3pm – 6pm     Hosted at The Nines Hotel

Measuring-Impact-Image_facebookIn our most recent session of Philanthropy Talk we explored one of the most pressing topics in the nonprofit world: Impact Measurement.

The ability to measure impact is the key to stronger relationships with donors, more success with grant applications, and more effective operations. This is the event to learn key insights and strategies from thought leaders and funders.

Ms. Sheri Chaney Jones, an impact measurement expert and the author of the new book Impact & Excellence, shared  her game-changing research and strategies to help nonprofits and government leaders increase revenues, strengthen their relationships with funders, and prove their impact to the world.

Following Ms. Jone’s talk, was a Q&A session with a distinguished panel comprised of corporate and foundation executives, technology solutions, and nonprofit leaders who will share insights on what impact measures donors are looking for when making funding decisions, success stories and tools, and technology implementation strategies.

Event Videos:

Registration and open networking with snacks and refreshments

Keynote by Sheri Chaney Jones

pdf Download Sheri’s Presentation Slides

impactandexcellence Order Sheri Chaney Jone’s Impact & Excellence Book

Panel discussion and Q & A

Introduction to Experts Panel and Distinguished Moderator Lynne Saxton, Youth Villages

Zach Stratton, Fred Meyer

Caitlin Thomas, Social Solutions

pdf Download Caitlin’s Presentation Slides

Scotty Ellis, Coalition for a Livable Future

pdf Download Scotty’s Presentation Slides

Q & A

Reception and open networking with appetizers and cash bar

Closing Remarks



sheri_photoSheri Chaney Jones, Measurement Resources Company

Sheri Chaney Jones is president and founder of Measurement Resources Company. For over 15 years, Sheri has improved government agencies, nonprofits, and small businesses through the use of performance management, evaluation, and organizational behavior best practices.

Her experience and expertise has transformed measurement cultures and as a result, saved public dollars, improved outcomes, demonstrated effectiveness, and increased revenues.  By developing a measurement culture, and using data collection and analysis, Sheri has helped one client turn a $420,000 loss into a $420,000 gain. A successful project with another client resulted in a program savings of approximately $100,000 a year; and yet another client saw an annual savings of $250,000,000 in Medicaid spending.

At The Ohio State University, Sheri teaches a course on creating measurement cultures as part of the Certified Public Manager’s Program. Sheri earned a M.A. in Industrial and Organizational Psychology from Central Michigan University and a B.S. with distinction in Psychology from The Ohio State University.


saxtonLynne Saxton, Youth Villages

Lynne Saxton is the executive director of Youth Villages Oregon. Youth Villages provides residential treatment services, including the Cedar Bough Native American Program, at the Christie Campus at Marylhurst. In addition, Youth Villages offers Intercept intensive in-home services program and the Mosaic transitional living program for young adults aging out of foster care or state custody.

Prior to joining the private nonprofit organization, Saxton built a successful career in public affairs in the business sector, serving as chief of consumer protection and information for the Alaska Public Utilities Commission, as well as public affairs manager for Portland General Electric Company. She also was president of Lynne’s Talking Books, a business she led in partnership with Michael Powell, owner of Powell’s Books, the world’s largest independent new and used bookstore.

She is active in community and civic leadership positions, including service on the Oregon Land Conservation and Development Commission, the Early Learning Council, Portland Indian Leaders Roundtable and the Willamette University Board of Trustees. She has also served as chair of the Metropolitan Family Services Board.
She recently received the Gordon and Sharon Smith New Freedom Award from the Oregon Chapter of NAMI.

Saxton graduated from Willamette University and attended the University of Michigan Business School Executive Program. She has been married to Ron Saxton for more than 35 years. In her free time, she enjoys reading, bicycling, and playing golf.


zach_200x200Zach Stratton, Fred Meyer

Zach Stratton is the Assistant Community Relations Coordinator for Fred Meyer Stores. As part of the Corporate Affairs department, he is responsible for coordinating responses, accounting, reporting and disbursement of funds for corporate donations and the Fred Meyer Fund in all 133 Fred Meyer stores in Alaska, Idaho, Oregon, and Washington. He also oversees the Community Rewards program and various Fred Meyer sponsorships.


caitlin200x200Caitlin Thomas, Social Solutions

Caitlin Thomas is the Regional Sales Executive for the West Coast at Social Solutions. In this role, she is responsible for New Sales Development and Territory Strategic Direction. Prior to joining Social Solutions, she worked in Resource Development at United Way of Central Maryland and as a Case Manager focused on Incarceration Re-Entry programming in Upstate New York.

Caitlin’s greatest passion is Performance Management and Strategic Outcome Development in the health and human services sector. With a strong commitment to her client’s goals and vision, she assists in making technology related wish lists realistic and achievable- both conceptually and resource-wise.

Caitlin serves on the Membership Committee for the Young Nonprofit Professionals Network in the Bay Area. She also volunteers regularly at various Northern California nonprofit organizations as a part of Social Solutions’ Volunteer Impact Program.

Caitlin holds a bachelor’s degree in Sociology with concentrations on Clinical Counseling and Education from Ithaca College. She lives in Sonoma, California and values time with family above all else, so she is very excited to be expanding her own with her first child due in early 2015. In her free time, Caitlin enjoys hiking with her boyfriend and dog, watching football (specifically the Baltimore Ravens to support her hometown team), and playing Scrabble.


Scotty_Ellis_Headshot200x200Scotty Ellis, Coalition for a Livable Future

Scotty Ellis, Coalition for a Livable Future – Equity Program Manager: Through his background in both community planning and public health, Scotty has developed expertise in public participation and health advocacy. Over the past four years, Scotty has collaborated with several agencies and organizations on public engagement efforts that have focused on issues of equity, health, and planning. He has also worked with the Oregon Health Authority and the Oregon Public Health Institute in statewide and national efforts to expand the incorporation of health considerations into all levels of policy. Scotty is a graduate of Portland State University’s School of Community Health and School of Urban and Regional Studies as well as the University of San Francisco.

Where we live has a significant impact on our quality of life and ability to thrive. Residents of a region are situated within a complex and interconnected web of resources and opportunities that shape their ability to meet their basic needs and advance their health and well-being. Geographic disparities in the distribution of these resources and opportunities create imbalances that disadvantage some communities and advantage others. This arrangement plays a decisive role in the health and prosperity of individuals, communities, and the region as a whole.

The Coalition for a Livable Future’s Equity Atlas project provides a visual depiction of these disparities and enable us to understand how the benefits and burdens of growth and change are distributed across a region. Through the use of high quality maps and data, the Equity Atlas shows where different demographic groups live, how well they are able to access key resources such as transit, quality education, affordable housing, jobs, food, clean air, and parks, and how these patterns affect their health and well-being. By illuminating a community’s geography of opportunity and informing planning and policy decisions, the Equity Atlases is playing a powerful role in promoting greater equity in the Portland metropolitan region

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