Experiencing God in Giving

October 20, 2021

About the Conference

Due to COVID 19, this event is postponed until a further date. We will update as soon as we know when these events will take place.

This conference is for all Dallas Christian grant makers from individuals who are just starting out on their giving journey to the experienced grant making foundations.  Experts from around the country will join us to present on a variety of key grant-making subjects from best practices for Christian grant making to advocating for your favorite causes and other charitable giving trends. All Dallas grant makers who attend this event will benefit from what they learn and who they meet at this gathering.

Date & Time

Due to COVID 19, this event is postponed until a further date. We will update as soon as we know when these events will take place.


The conference will be held in Joe C. Thompson Amphitheater at Cityplace Event Center (2711 N Haskell Ave Dallas, TX 75204).


Light snacks and lunch provided. Parking is available underground. Ticket validation provided.

Conference Speakers

Fred Smith

Founder of The Gathering

Fred Smith is the Founder of The Gathering, which he led for three decades through the end of 2018. As well, Fred was the Founder of Fourth Partner, a local foundation in Tyler that was focused on philanthropy and community development within the East Texas area. He previously joined Bob Buford in founding Leadership Network, where he served as President for 12 years. Fred spent several years as a teacher and administrator at Charlotte Christian School in North Carolina and The Stony Brook School in New York. He is a Navy veteran and a graduate of Denver University and Harvard Divinity School.
Despite a lifetime of accomplishment, Fred will tell you his true vocation is that of a Sunday School teacher and it is this role for which he would most like to be remembered. Fred and his wife, Carol, have two grown daughters and a son-in-law. They also have three well-loved grandchildren.

Al Mueller

Former Investment Professional at Morgan Stanley and UBS

Mr. Mueller has provided investment advice to institutions, individuals and families of significant wealth for more than 20 years. During his career at Morgan Stanley and UBS, Mr. Mueller had responsibility for evaluating and recommending investments in virtually every asset class. His clients relied on his ability to construct and manage portfolios to achieve their investment objectives. Mr. Mueller's professional experience on Wall Street and personal experience as a major donor and board member have prepared him to provide Excellence in Giving clients with valuable insight into the effective use of their philanthropic capital. His proven service to philanthropic families, individuals and organizations at Excellence in Giving makes him one of the most respected and sought after thought leaders in philanthropy today.

Mr. Mueller, a native of California, is a graduate of the University of Arizona and holds an MBA from the Anderson School of Management at UCLA. He and his wife Susan have three adult children. They appreciate the challenging golf, mountain views, and ski slopes that the Rocky Mountains provide.

Cameron Doolittle

Maclellan Foundation

When Cameron does his job right, there are more joyful givers and more vibrant ministries. After serving as a speechwriter and policy analyst on Capitol Hill, Cameron had a successful career in management consulting at Corporate Executive Board (acquired by Gartner, [NYSE: IT]), building networks of hundreds of CFOs and operations executives. He was the founding CEO of Jill’s House, the first overnight respite center dedicated to children with intellectual disabilities. Through the Maclellan Foundation, Cameron helped create Generosity Path, Maclellan Giving Partners, and Stations of Generosity. He advises the Bible Project, Christianity Today, Desiring God, YoungLife, TrustBridge Global, Generous Church, and others.

Cameron lives in Waco, Texas, where he and Carolyn love parenting their four kids (15, 13, 11, 10) and “parenting” the college students at Antioch Community Church. He holds degrees from Stanford University (BA) and the University of California, Berkeley (JD/MBA). A native Oregonian, he continues to—at his peril—rabidly cheer for the Seattle Seahawks despite living deep in the heart of Texas.


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