Dorothy S. Ridings will be one of the keynote speakers at a conference on philanthropy, hosted February 7-8 by the Chicago consulting firm Gonser Gerber Tinker Stuhr (GGTS).
Ridings, a retired newspaper and non-profit executive, has served as a member of the Board of Trustees of Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary since 1992, and as Chair of the Board since 2000. Her presentation will focus on the role of institutional Boards in influencing a culture of philanthropy.
Prior to her retirement in 2005, Ridings was President and CEO of the Council on Foundations, serving as a consultant, advisor, and advocate for the work of private foundations. During her ten-year tenure with the Council, she guided the development of a new strategic plan, launched a $3 million initiative to help foundations strengthen their practices, put in place a new governance structure, and created a six-month budget reserve.
Ridings also had a career in the newspaper business and worked at The Bradenton (Florida) Herald, where she was a publisher for eight years, and held a number of reporting and editing positions at newspapers in Charlotte, N.C.; Louisville, Ky., and Washington, D.C.
She is a member of the Commission on Presidential Debates and a past president of the League of Women Voters of the United States. As chair of the Seminary Board, she has been a tireless advocate for Louisville Seminary to colleague Board members, major gift donors, and key external constituents, and she has provided leadership for two major capital campaigns. She has shared from the wisdom of her experiences and achievements in non-profit leadership in such publications as In Trust, and Philanthropy News Digest.
Gonser Gerber Tinker Stuhr provides comprehensive development consultant services to educational institutions. Now in its sixth decade of service, GGTS has worked with more than 600 colleges, universities, theological schools, independent schools, parochial schools, hospitals, health and social services agencies, religious groups, and other philanthropic organizations. They are headquartered in the Naperville Financial Center in Naperville, Ill.