The Universe Is Made of Stories, Not of Atoms: How Good Stories Are Essential for Philanthropy

November 5, 2023

In this session, presenters draw upon the quote from the late poet Muriel Rukeyser to amplify the importance of stories for philanthropic success, whether conveyed through in-person opportunities, photography, video, web content, brochures, etc. They will include several examples and provide opportunities for feedback. Presenters will also present stories from their own institutions.

Chad Berry, Vice President for Alumni, Communications and Philanthropy; Goode Professor of Appalachian Studies; Professor of History, Berea College (KY)
Kerry Pannell, Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, Presbyterian College (SC)
Matthew vandenBerg, President, Ohio Wesleyan University (OH)
Chair: Debora Johnson-Ross, Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean of Faculty, Wartburg College (IA)