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Our third annual Givers, Doers, & Thinkers conference will gather donors, nonprofit leaders, and scholars from across the country. This conference is your chance to:

  • Network with like-minded people in the world of nonprofits, faith, and charitable giving.
  • Learn from expert panelists who will share knowledge and tips as to how you and your organization can strengthen civil society.
  • Hear from featured speakers such as Mary Eberstadt, Shelby Steele, and Michael Matheson Miller.


The 2023 Annual Conference for Givers, Doers, and Thinkers will take place in Scottsdale, Arizona. The conference is the third in a series of events that will bring donors and civil society leaders together to discuss and develop ways to strengthen American civil society. The purpose of this conference series is to advance a robust vision for charitable giving that is grounded in the Judeo-Christian understanding of charity, to champion local giving, and to share ideas on how to conserve the natural and cultural goods of our communities and our nation.


You will hear featured speakers including Michael Matheson Miller from the Acton Institute and Hoover Institution Senior Fellow Shelby Steele. Our keynote speaker will be acclaimed author, Mary Eberstadt. Panel discussions will take place on topics such as religious liberty and the courts, religious educational institutions, religious ministries, and donor strategies. 


While some research indicates that religious affiliation is in steep decline, the conference’s speakers and panelists will share how religiously affiliated nonprofits and donors provide hope for the future of civil society. By joining us in November, you will see how religion is still influential and does much good in the world.


If you are passionate about the fundamental role that faith plays in American society, please join us in Scottsdale this November!


  • WHEN:  The conference will take place on November 7th and 8th 2023 in Scottsdale, Arizona.
  • WHERE:  The Marriot W Scottsdale located at 7277 East Camelback Road in Scottsdale, Arizona 85251  |  Special GDT prices hotel booking -> here
  • DETAILS:  The full conference agenda, which includes three featured speakers and five-panel discussions, can be seen here.
Attendance is open to donors; donor advisors; charitable foundation representatives, staff, and board members; and nonprofit leaders. This is a non-solicitation event.


Mary Eberstadt

Panula Chair & Senior Research Fellow KEYNOTE

Shelby Steele

Robert J. and Marion E. Oster Senior Fellow (adjunct) at the Hoover Institution

Michael Matheson Miller

Chief of Strategic Initiatives and Senior Research Fellow at the Acton Institute


Andrew W. Gould

Senior Council

Sister Mary Jordan Hoover, O.P.

Ericka Andersen

Author of Reason to Return & Columnist for WORLD Mag and Christianity Today

Tim MacDonald

President of NCF Southwest

John Zimmer

Vice President of Apostolic Development for FOCUS

Ray Pennings

Executive Vice President, Co-Founder of Cardus, Publisher of Comment Magazine

John Pinheiro

Director of Research at the Acton Institute

Jeremiah Galus

Senior Counsel, Alliance Defending Freedom

John Coleman

Managing Partner of Sovereign’s Capital

JP De Gance

Founder and President of Communio

Mark Gottlieb

Chief Education Officer of Tikvah

Father Joseph D. Fessio, S.J

Co-Founder of Ignatius Press

Erik Twist

Principal Partner and President of Arcadia Education

David Trimble

Vice President for Public Policy and Education, Religious Freedom Institute

Dr. David Hogg

Professor of Church History, Interim President and Vice President of Academic Affairs Phoenix Seminary

Toyin Atolagbe

Executive Director, Great Hearts Christos


Jon Hannah

Director of the Center for Civil Society

Jeremy Beer


Jack Fowler

Senior Fellow of the Center For Civil Society

Kyle Vander Muelen

Partner at AmPhil

Attendance is open to donors; donor advisors; charitable foundation representatives, staff, and board members; and nonprofit leaders. This is a non-solicitation event.