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PowerUP! Fall Virtual Gathering
October 11, 2022 1 - 4 PM ET 

PowerUP! The Spark That Ignites Change 


Philanos affiliates attend for free, non-members are welcome to attend, $25. Be sure to register to receive the links to the recordings.

Our three hour fall virtual gathering will focus on trust-based philanthropy and will  include speaker presentations, facilitated discussion, Q&A and our award celebration.

  • Pia Infante, sophisticated executive leader in philanthropic innovation and organizational effectiveness, is known as a graceful facilitator and gifted communicator who fuses people, inspiration, and strategy toward a common vision.

  • Kaci Pattersonwith an eye toward human and community development, she works with philanthropic institutions, nonprofit organizations, and public agencies to design, operationalize and manage racial justice initiatives from concept to implementation.

  • Deepika Andavarapu, member of the Philanos Board and Impact 100 Cincinnati, will facilitate a discussion with Kaci and Pia including Q&A.

  • Spotlight Awards  - highlighting grants made by Philanos Affiliates that have transformed their grant-making organization, a grantee’s organization and/or their shared community. Philanos celebrates these women-powered philanthropic efforts with Spotlight Awards. 

  • The Willoughby Award - this award recognizes a woman in our network who in the spirit of change maker Colleen Willoughby, has transformed the face of philanthropy in her local community through listening and addressing the unique needs of underrepresented populations. 


Pia Infante 
Senior Fellow, Trust-Based Philanthropy Project 

Pia believes we have the collective imagination and power to redesign philanthropy to center the people we serve. Philippine-born, California-grown, and queer, oldest daughter in an immigrant family, Pia navigates difference to broker connection. Pia brings her chops as a former high school teacher, organizational development consultant, and nonprofit manager to her work. Pia is a nationally recognized advocate for trust-based philanthropy and radically embodied leadership. She is a member of the Trust-Based Philanthropy Project steering committee, serves as board chair for MediaJustice.org and is a board member of Vera List Center, New School University. She holds a M.A. in Education from the New School for Social Research, and a B.A. in Rhetoric from The University of California at Berkeley. Pia is a proud long-time resident of Oakland, CA.  Follow her @PiaVision.

Kaci Y. Patterson

Founder & Chief Architect, Social Good Solutions
Founder & Chief Architect, 
Black Equity Collective

Social Good Solutions (SGS) is a Black woman owned and operated consulting firm. Using a racial justice lens, we work with philanthropic institutions, nonprofit organizations, public agencies, and institutions of higher education to design, operationalize and manage strategic initiatives from concept to implementation.

The Black Equity Collective (Collective) is a community-public-private partnership with Black equity as its central, unifying force. Our focus is to strengthen the long-term capacity and infrastructure of Black-led and Black-empowering social justice organizations in Southern California (Los Angeles County and the Inland Empire).

Q&A Facilitator

Deepika Andavarapu, AICP, PhD  
Philanos Board Member
Impact 100 Cincinnati

“Trust Based Philanthropy is about partnership. As a funder, I want to partner with the nonprofit on the ground and provide them the support they need, to fight the complex issues they are dealing with on a daily basis.”

Deepika is the founder and CEO of DEEP Consultants. Dr. Andavarapu, who uses she/her pronouns, is an urban planning scholar, community researcher, and evaluator working with government, nonprofits, and other philanthropic organizations. Dr. Andavarapu was the first DEI committee chair for Impact 100 Cincinnati. In that role, she led the development of Impact 100s DEI strategic plan. Under her leadership, the organization's diversity more than doubled in two years; today, the organization is working towards incorporating an equity lens into its grant-making process. In 2020, the 400+ members voted DEI as the top priority for the organization.


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