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Natural Awakenings South Jersey

Why We Give Event to Be Held in Mount Laurel

A Why We Give event will take place from 8:30 a.m. to noon on March 20 at Rowan College of Burlington County, in Mount Laurel. Why We Give is a gathering of S.J. women’s organizations that have philanthropy and volunteerism at the heart of their mission. This Women’s History Month event is a partnership of diverse local groups that include Impact100 South Jersey, Moms Demand Action, The Jewish Community Foundation, India Temple Association, Continental Societies S.J. Chapter, Jewish Family and Children Services, and Community Foundation of South Jersey.

The event’s focus is two-fold. Keynoter Dr. Debra Mesch, of the Lilly School of Philanthropy and Women’s Philanthropy Institute at Indiana University, will talk about the powerful impact of women’s movements and ways women’s giving differs from men’s giving. The two panels, Why We Give and How We Give, will showcase a diverse mix of local women’s giving initiatives and foundations.

“Giving back is about community, which can be defined many different ways. There are many communities of women quietly making a difference in South Jersey. Unfortunately, they don’t know the other communities exist. Our goal is to introduce these groups to another, and eventually open the door for potential collaboration and greater impact,” says Kyle Ruffin, chair of the event.

Cost: $20. Location: 900 College Cir. For more information, visit

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