Changing Our Act in “Acts of Change”

I have been steering away from large galas (where appropriate, which is almost always), for a mighty long time. I’d forgotten about this one, written for the Jewish Council on Urban Affairs (JCUA) in 2012.
JCUA’s 2017 Acts of Change event, honoring investigative journalist, Jamie Kalvin, happens on June 8th. Register at


By Pamela Klier-Weidner
Director of Development and Organizational Advancement, JCUA

Pamela Klier-WeidnerWhy mess with the fundraising dinner? JCUA, like so many organizations, has been doing them successfully for years.

Big fundraising galas have a warm place in my heart, in my history. I’ve experienced great joy (and several additional gray hairs) in producing large scale fundraising dinners. I have, however, fantasized about taking the “gala” out of JCUA’s fundraising galas.

Acts of Change “Acts of Change” will honor Kalman Resnick and Jesus “Chuy” Garcia, with guest speaker Tamar Manasseh and performances from “Soul Sisters–A Multicultural Musical.” Learn more and buy tickets.

This tried-and-true formula never quite hit the mark for me at JCUA. We’ve had heroic honorees. We’ve worked with devoted dinner chairs. We’ve had our events at wonderful downtown hotels where the staff dedicated themselves to making our lives easier and our event virtually seamless.

So, why mess with the fundraising dinner?


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Author: PKW

Writer, Speaker, Facilitator, Trainer, Fundraiser, Strategist, Listener, and Lover of Humans. My love for humans and relationship building are a part of every single thing I do, except for maybe using the bathroom.

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