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by Rachel Hutchisson, Business Doing Good & Blackbaud, Inc.

I had a great opportunity this summer to tie two of my favorite things – sports and social good.  The combination was powerful.

My friend in philanthropy, Marc Pollick, founder of the Giving Back Fund, invited me to his Sports and Entertainment Philanthropy Summit, following which we joined in the DOHA GOALS Forum, a meeting of leaders in sport who are interested in the role athletics play in positive change.  It was a special opportunity and one that afforded me the chance to hear from some of the world’s great athletes, from then and now.

Carl Lewis, Michael Phelps, Mark Spitz, Abby Wambach, Mel Davis…

I’ve been thinking about the event for weeks now, processing what I learned, what I took away and could apply to my life (and my life in business).  In the end, I wrote this blog, sharing about the role sports play in creating a platform for social change.  I’m certainly not the first person to say that sports teach meaningful lessons.  We know that.  But what I got from the event was something more, a deeper look at how critical issues in our society are lifted up through athletics.  About how the athlete in the limelight can choose to be a force for good.

So I invited you to click the link and read on…

Note – this blog was originally posted on npENGAGE.

Rachel Hutchisson (@RachelHutchssn) is VP, Corporate Citizenship & Philanthropy at Blackbaud, Inc., a 2,700-person technology company that works exclusively with nonprofit organizations. She built the company’s “give back” function from the ground up, relying on expertise she gained in over two decades of working at the intersection of the business world and the nonprofit sector. Rachel is a member of the #GivingTuesday core advisory team, leads her company’s involvement in the Billion+Change pro-bono initiative, and serves on the boards of the Association of Fundraising Professionals International, The Giving Institute, and the Coastal Community Foundation. She is also a member of the core team that launched TEDxCharleston in 2013. She is a graduate of Dickinson College and received a master’s degree from the University of Missouri School of Journalism.


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