Mill Neck Hosts Grantmakers Conference

Mill Neck Foundation hosted foundations and major donors at this year’s Lutheran Grantmakers and Donors Network annual conference.

Susan Killian, Rudolph Auslander,
Michael F. Killian and Lt. Col. Robert Darling

The Lutheran Grantmakers and Donors Network, which provides a forum for family foundations and donors supporting Lutheran ministries, aims to enable its members to be informed, involved and effective grantmakers and donors in their philanthropy.

“It was a great opportunity to gather industry-leading speakers with foundations and donors who support Lutheran ministry work.”

The three-day long conference was jam-packed with activities, including lectures from industry front-runners like Mill Neck International Director, Dr. Amy Wilson, on “A Practical Approach to Grantmaking & Analysis” and “When Helping Hurts.” An investment panel, moderated by Michael Gross, Executive Vice President and Co-founder of Fiduciary Investment Advisors—a multi-billion dollar investment consulting firm from Conn.—discussed “Growing Your Asset Base” and “Maximizing Returns with Asset Diversification.” The panel included representatives from Oppenheimer, Siguler Guff, Met West, Vaughn Nelson, Westfield Capital and Diamond Hill.

Entering the Manor for a tour

Conference participants also enjoyed a riveting presentation by Lt. Col. Robert Darling, author of “24 Hours Inside the President’s Bunker,” where he narrated the firsthand, minute-by-minute drama in the White House bunker during the September 11 attacks; a trip to New York City to visit the 9/11 Memorial grounds; a guided tour through the historic Mill Neck Manor mansion; the Tony Award-winning Broadway play “Beautiful, The Carole King Musical;” and a private tour of the Cradle of Aviation Museum in Garden City, N.Y.

“It was a pleasure to host this year’s Grantmakers Conference,” says Michael F. Killian, Mill Neck President and CEO. “It was a great opportunity to gather industry-leading speakers with foundations and donors who support Lutheran ministry work.”

Mill Neck would like to thank all of this year’s Grantmakers Conference attendees: Marcia Haaff and Dennis Goff from The Lutheran Foundation; Rev. Michael Dubsky from The Lutheran Home and Hospital; Rev. Jerry Klug from The Lutheran Legacy Foundation; Brenda Skelton from The Siebert Lutheran Foundation, Inc.; Miyoko Oshima from the Vesper Society; Richard Herman and Joanne Otte from Wheat Ridge Ministries; Rebecca Emmons from The Batterman Family Foundation; Janet Klotz from The Chicagoland Lutheran Education Foundation; Lloyd Probasco from The Dunklau Foundation; Mary Gambicki from The ELCA Foundation; Barb Hoffman from The Lutheran Church Missouri Synod; and Ann Vazquez and Rebekah Miller from The Lutheran Foundation of St. Louis, Missouri.


Lutheran Grantmakers Conference attendees touring the Mill Neck Manor on a beautiful early Autumn day

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