For Immediate Release
January 10, 2012

Laura Wright




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Manassas, VA – The NRB Convention will feature a presentation by Dr. Patrick Rooney, Executive Director of the Center on Philanthropy at Indiana University, during the Keynote Session at NRB 2012 in Nashville, TN, on Monday, February 20th.

“We are delighted to have Patrick speak at NRB 2012.  I believe our attendees will gain much insight from his thought-provoking presentation,” said Dr. Frank Wright, NRB President & CEO.

A nationally recognized expert on philanthropy and charitable giving, Dr. Patrick Rooney speaks frequently across the country on issues related to philanthropy and management of nonprofit organizations and has been quoted by national news media outlets such as PBS’s Nightly Business Report, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post and USA Today

Dr. Rooney previously served as the Center’s Chief Operating Officer and has been its Director of Research since 1999.  He created the Center’s formal in-house research program, building it into one of the premier philanthropy research organizations in the nation.  He directs Center-wide research activities, including overseeing the Center's signature research project, the Center on Philanthropy Panel Study (COPPS).  Conducted in collaboration with the University of Michigan's Panel Study of Income Dynamics, COPPS is the largest and most accurate study of charitable giving over time ever conducted.

A professor of Economics and Philanthropic Studies at Indiana University - Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI) and a member of the graduate school faculty at Indiana University, Dr. Rooney is a prolific researcher with an extensive body of published research.  He earned his B.A., M.A., and Ph.D. in Economics at the University of Notre Dame and a Certificate of Management Development at Harvard University.  He also earned a Certificate in Fund Raising Management from The Fund Raising School at the Center on Philanthropy at Indiana University.

About NRB
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About The NRB Convention
The annual Convention & Exposition is the largest nationally and internationally recognized event dedicated solely to assist those in the field of Christian communications. The dynamic Exposition consists of nearly 200 companies and is an active marketplace for those seeking tools and services to expand their ministries. NRB 2012 is being held at the Gaylord Opryland Resort and Convention Center in Nashville, TN, February 18-21, 2012. For registration and other Convention information go to:




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