Keynote Addresses

Friends Fiduciary has organized and sponsored the biennial Quaker Fundraisers Gathering since 2003. The Gathering includes an opening dinner and keynote by a thought leader on the intersection of faith and fundraising. The keynote addresses from the last two Gatherings are shared below; we commend them to all who are interested in faithful giving and fundraising.

Fundraising As A Spiritual Practice: Enhancing The Meaning Of Our Work

Thomas H. Jeavons
2015 Quaker Fundraisers Gathering Keynote – Download PDF

Thomas-Jeavons-HeadshotThomas H. Jeavons is currently a visiting professor of philanthropic studies at the Lilly Family School of Philanthropy at Indiana University and serves as a trustee of the Jessie Ball DuPont Fund, a foundation based in Jacksonville, Florida.

Thom has served the Religious Society of Friends as the general secretary of Philadelphia Yearly Meeting from 1996 until July of 2006 and as executive secretary of Baltimore Yearly Meeting of Friends from 1979 to 1988.

Thom is the author of Growing Givers’ Hearts: Treating Fundraising as a Ministry (Jossey-Bass, 2000); When the Bottom Line is Faithfulness: The Management of Christian Organizations (IU Press, 1994); and many chapters and articles on nonprofit management, religious organizations, fund raising, ethics, and education.

Thom holds an M.A. (with honors) in theology from the Earlham School of Religion and a Ph.D. in management and cultural studies from the Union Institute.

2013 Quaker Fundraisers Gathering Keynote

Colin Saxton
Heart and Treasure – Gathering Theme – Download PDF

Colin Saxton serves as the general secretary of Friends United Meeting beginning January 2012. He is a recorded minister in Northwest Yearly Meeting (NWYM) and a member of North Valley Friends in Newberg, Oregon. Colin and his wife Janine are the parents of four grown children.

colin-saxton-headshotPrior to joining the FUM staff, Colin served as superintendent of NWYM for over seven years, spent 16 years in pastoral ministry and ten years as an adjunct professor at George Fox University and Seminary. He has served on the boards of several non-profits organizations including Right Sharing of World Resources, George Fox University, the Center for Peace Learning, Love INC., Evangelical Friends Mission, Peace and Social Concerns (NWYM), Friendsview Retirement Community and others. Colin has had the privilege of traveling among Friends throughout the US and across the globe.

His educational background includes an undergraduate degree in psychology from Portland State University, a master’s degree in theology/church history from Eastern Mennonite Seminary, and a doctoral degree in leadership/spiritual formation from George Fox Evangelical Seminary.