The Dreams of a Donor Inspire “Discover the Joy of Giving”

University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee and the Lifelong Learning Academy partner with the Leopold Institute for Philanthropic Studies for five events to be held in January and February


SARASOTA, FL (December 3, 2014) – Former investment banker Harry Leopold is known throughout the community as a generous donor and passionate supporter of many arts, culture and human service organizations, including programs at USF Sarasota-Manatee and the Lifelong Learning Academy. He is a great believer in the words of Winston Churchill, “We make a living by what we get…but we make a life by what we give.” Fulfilling a desire for others to experience the satisfaction and pleasure he derives from charitable giving, Leopold has created a five-part “Discover the Joy of Giving” lecture and social series, to be held in Selby Auditorium on the USF Sarasota-Manatee campus on five upcoming dates:  January 12 and 26 and February 2, 9 and 16 from 3:00 to 5:00 p.m. The cost is $100 per person for all five parts of the series, and includes materials and five catered cocktail receptions at the Powel Crosley Estate adjacent to USFSM. All proceeds benefit the Lifelong Learning Academy, which Leopold attends.

One of the key values that USF Sarasota-Manatee embraces is social, economic and environmental sustainability, and personal philanthropy is a huge component of what makes our local communities thrive and endure. The “Discover the Joy of Giving” series has the potential to grow into certificate and academic offerings at the university. The Lifelong Learning Academy also believes this series addresses an area of education they have not previously offered and will inspire scholarship, research and innovation in philanthropy that will benefit the entire community.

Individuals of all ages and from all walks of life are invited to participate and meet others who wish to learn about the relationship between giving, happiness and health; how to discover their true philanthropic passions; where to find resources to help with their giving; how to leave a legacy, and more. Each session is designed to build a growing base of knowledge and insights toward making personal decisions that are both meaningful and impactful.

“Discover the Joy of Giving” is moderated by Kelley Lavin, group publisher of Sarasota Magazine, Biz(941) and Venice Magazine.

Each educational program in the series features a nationally renowned or local expert on philanthropy:

January 12: The Purpose and Power of Giving with Tracy Gary, author of “Inspired Philanthropy: Your Step-by-Step Guide to Creating a Giving Plan and Leaving a Legacy”.

January 26: Finding your Passion for Giving with Bill Church, executive editor of the Herald-Tribune Media Group.

February 2: The Joy of Living through Giving with Bob and Diane Roskamp, Sarasota philanthropists and founders of the Roskamp Institute and Roskamp Foundation.

February 9: The Charitable Impulse with James Joseph, former ambassador, presidential Cabinet member, businessman, educator, philanthropy expert and professor at Duke University.

February 19: Giving as Fuel for Life with Alison Powell of the Bridgespan Group, co-producer of the “Conversations with Remarkable Givers” video project. (See a sample video from that project here).

As an additional charitable component of the series, participants are invited to vote on five local nonprofits to each receive a $5,000 grant from the Leopold Institute for Philanthropic Studies fund at the Community Foundation of Sarasota County. Following each lecture, there will be a presentation by one of those nonprofits, representing arts and culture, health and human services, families and children, wellness and older adults.

Sponsors of “Discover the Joy of Giving” include: Hirtle Callaghan & Co, Sarasota Magazine, Community Foundation of Sarasota County, Muirhead, Gaylor, Steves & Waskom, P.A., Shutts & Bowen LLP and Whitebox Mutual Funds.

Harry Leopold stresses that one does not have to be a philanthropist to take part in this enlightening series. “It will be really wonderful to see the results of your giving five or 10 years from now, and you will feel really good about what you have accomplished,” he promises. “The object of the course is to share the joy and fun in giving to causes for which you have a passion, and in the process, you will find your life will have more meaning. We want every participant to leave with a sense of how giving can change your life and specifically, how giving can become truly pleasurable.”

To Register and get additional information for “Discover the Joy of Giving”, call 941-359-4296 or click here.