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Press release from CNW Group

Understanding donors is key for BC charities to thrive in continued challenging economy

Monday, September 24, 2012

Understanding donors is key for BC charities to thrive in continued challenging economy09:07 EDT Monday, September 24, 2012Experts at fourth annual Scotiabank Philanthropic Advisory Forum offer strategies to strengthen and retain donor base VANCOUVER, Sept. 24, 2012 /CNW/ - On Wednesday, September 26th, more than 125 charities will come together to receive expert advice at the Scotiabank Philanthropic Advisory Forum. The theme of the free forum 'What the donor wants: Insights into connecting with today's savvy donor" will explore ideas and best practices specific to the charitable sector in British Columbia with a focus on donor attraction and retention. This marks the fourth time that Scotiabank has hosted this popular public-service event. The series complements the Scotiabank Bright Future philanthropic program which provides support to communities where the Bank has operations across Canada and more than 55 countries.What: The 2012 Scotiabank Philanthropic Advisory Forum'What the donor wants: Insights into connecting with today's savvy donor"  When:  Wednesday, September 26, 20127:30-8:46 a.m. - Networking and Continental Breakfast9:00-11:00 a.m. - Presentations followed by Question Period  Where: Scotiabank Theatre900 Burrard Street, Vancouver, BC  Who: Malcolm Burrows - Head, Philanthropic Advisory Services, Scotia Private Client Group   Dick Vollet - President and CEO, St. Paul's Hospital   Scotiabank will also donate five $1,000 door prizes to charities in attendance as well as 10 individual door prizes.   More than $675,000 in funds raised through the Scotiabank Charity Challenge will be presented to charities in attendance.  Why: This free public service forum is presented by Scotiabank as part of its commitment to communities where it has operations in Canada and across more than 55 countries. Recognized as a leader internationally and among Canadian corporations for charitable donations and philanthropic activities, Scotiabank has provided on average approximately $45 million annually to community causes around the world over each of the last five years through the Scotiabank Bright Future global philanthropic program. Visit us at www.scotiabank.com SOURCE: ScotiabankFor further information: and assistance for arranging interviews, please contact: Deborah Clark, Scotiabank Media Communications, 416-933-0646, d.clark@scotiabank.com On Site: Michelle Henderson, Scotiabank Community Engagement and Sponsorships, (778) 668-2995, Michelle.henderson@scotiabank.com