Thursday November 10, 2011 | 09:39 PM

More than 200 philanthropists, board members and nonprofit executives gathered at USM's Abromson Center tonight to hear author Thomas Tierney give this fall's Inspiring Philanthropy talk. Sponsored by the Maine Community Foundation, the event happens in the spring near Bangor and in the fall in Portland.

The author of "Give Smart: Philanthropy that Gets Results" with Joel Fleishman, Tierney spoke about how to improve the effectiveness of charitable donations. Tierney is also the chairman and co-founder of The Bridgespan Group, which advises nonprofits. In the photo above Maine Community Foundation President and CEO Meredith Jones hands a wrapped gift to Tierney as retired asset manager and active philanthropist Forrest Berkley applauds. Berkley, who has known Tierney for years, helped arrange for his visit tonight and asked him a few questions on stage following Tierney's speech.

A special treat tonight: a fabulous performance by the Pihcintu Multicultural Children's Chorus. Look for them on the Today Show on Dec. 12.

I'll have more photos and details from the party in Scene & Heard section of the Nov. 13 edition of the Maine Sunday Telegram. Be sure to pick up a copy.

Until then, I hope to see you out and about.

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