As nonprofit organizations across the region face unprecedented challenges, nationally-recognized innovator Dan Pallotta will visit Louisville and challenge area residents to rethink what they believe about nonprofits and charities. 

Pallotta, author of the book Uncharitable and known for his ideas about disruption in the field of social services, will headline the Center for Nonprofit Excellence’s (CNPE) CHANGEMAKERS Conference on October 15 at the Louisville Marriott Downtown. The conference is open to the public and tickets are on sale now.

Pallotta’s visit comes at a time when nonprofits in the Louisville area, and nationwide, are experiencing new and significant pressures in meeting the needs of the public, including:

  • Reduction in government funding for essential social services;
  • Revisions to the federal tax laws that changed the way nonprofits can fundraise and the benefits of individual giving, resulting in an estimated decrease in giving of more than $12 billion nationally;
  • Increasing competition for donations and grants, as well as from digital giving platforms such as GoFundMe with non-charity campaigns.

As a nationally-recognized author, thought leader and social entrepreneur, Pallotta’s call-to-action approach has enhanced the mission and effectiveness of charities and other nonprofits across the country. He calls out a double standard that drives Americans’ broken relationship to charities and explains how it directly impacts the world’s inability to move the needle on great social problems.

The 2019 CHANGEMAKERS Conference will bring together nonprofit, corporate, and public sector leaders to think differently about how organizations can address the most significant challenges facing the region. In addition to Pallotta’s keynote, the conference will feature a number of presentations and breakout sessions featuring notable nonprofit executives and experts.

The conference luncheon will salute nonprofit excellence in the region with the presentation of the 2019 Pyramid Awards and Lifetime Achievement Award.

The 2019 Pyramid Award honorees include:

Art of Collaboration: Love the Hungry / WaterStep / Supplies Over Seas
award sponsored by Deming, Malone, Livesay & Ostroff (DMLO)

Art of Governance: Americana World Community Center
award sponsored by Wyatt, Tarrant & Combs LLP

Art of Inclusion: Community Foundation of Louisville
award sponsored by PNC Bank

Art of Leadership: Christen Boone, Fund for the Arts
award sponsored by Kosair Charities®

Art of Social Innovation: Hope Southern Indiana
award sponsored by Metro United Way

Art of Vision: Kosair Charities® Face It® Movement
award sponsored by Dean Dorton

The 2019 CHANGEMAKERS Conference is sponsored by Kosair Charites®, Donors Forum of Kentuckiana, James Graham Brown Foundation, C.E. & S. Foundation, Louisville Public Media, iHeartMedia, Brown-Forman Corporation, DMLO CPAs, PNC, Dean Dorton, Fifth Third Bank, Wyatt Tarrant & Combs, Metro United Way, Mutual of America, The Owsley Brown II Family Foundation, Louisville MSD, Republic Bank, Fund for the Arts, Element 502, and Insider Louisville.

Conference registration information is available at, or by calling 502.315.2673 for more information.

About the 2019 CHANGEMAKERS Conference

CNPE’s 2019 CHANGMAKERS Conference will be held Tuesday, October 15, 2019 at the Louisville Marriott Downtown from 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Members-only early bird pricing of $195 is available now through September 15. Non-members can purchase tickets for $395.