Philanthropy Hour (business)








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Derrick Feldmann is the creator of the Millennial Impact Project, a multi-year study of how the next generation supports causes.  He is also the author of "Social Movements for Good: How Companies and Causes Create Viral Change." In this podcast he discusses the elements of effective social movements, whether that means advocating for public policy change, or fundraising for an important social cause. The millennial generation is engaged in social issues like never before, and companies and organizations are still trying to understand how to capture their attention, their time, and their talents. Derrick is a well-regarded author and speaker, and this episode is a fascinating look into what drives movements, and how to sustain them for lasting impact. 

Direct download: Derrick_Feldmann_FINAL.mp3
Category:Business -- posted at: 12:49pm EDT

Claire Fiddian-Green is president and CEO of the Richard M. Fairbanks Foundation. The Foundation was established in 1986 by Richard M. (“Dick”) Fairbanks to strengthen the city of Indianapolis and perpetuate the Fairbanks legacy in the city where his family prospered for over a century. He was the President of the Foundation until his death in August 2000.

The mission of the Richard M. Fairbanks Foundation is to advance the vitality of Indianapolis and the well-being of its people. The Foundation achieves this mission by focusing on three issue-areas: education, tobacco and opioid addiction, and the life sciences.

Today, Ms. Fiddian-Green joins the Philanthropy Hour to discuss what the Foundation is doing to stem the tide of the opioid crisis in the Indianapolis community, and the role that a philanthropic Foundation plays in dealing with a national epidemic such as this one. 

Direct download: Claire_Fiddian-Green_FINAL.mp3
Category:Business -- posted at: 6:19pm EDT

Carla Javits, CEO of REDF, discusses the venture philanthropy model, the significance of employment and job creation for our economy and our society, and the REDF expansion into cities across the country, including a successful partnership model in Los Angeles. She talk about REDF as a venture philanthropy model that invests in the growth and effectiveness of social enterprises dedicated to helping people who otherwise would be excluded from the workforce, get jobs, keep jobs, and build a better life. 

Direct download: Carla_Javits_REDF_FINAL.mp3
Category:Business -- posted at: 12:57am EDT

Claudia Juech is associate vice president and managing director for Strategic Insights at The Rockefeller Foundation. She joined The Rockefeller Foundation in 2007 and currently leads the work to maximize insight—both internally and externally—from the various channels the Foundation uses to learn about new ideas. She speaks with the Philanthropy Hour today about the Scan and Search model, the strategic insights they are gaining from this approach, and how it is leading to effective and impactful philanthropy. This is an opportunistic model that proactively surveys the landscapes of several sectors at once, brings more diverse voices into the earliest stages of its work through interviews and listening tours, and ultimately maximizes the Foundation's reach through evidence-based learning and research. 

Direct download: Claudia_Juech_FINAL_UPDATED.mp3
Category:Business -- posted at: 6:18pm EDT

Bonnie Horrigan was the Executive Director of the Bravewell Collaborated for the final four years until the project concluded in 2015. She joins the Philanthropy Hour today to discuss her experience with this innovative group of philanthropists who managed a collective trust of funds from 20+ leading U.S. donors, all eager to have an active role in changing healthcare. She discusses her findings in the book The Bravewell Story: How a Small Community of Philanthropists Made a Big Difference in Healthcare, which highlights their key principals and successes. This is a great interview on taking a different path to tackle a large, national issue. It is a great lesson for future models. 

Direct download: Bonnie_Horrigan_FINAL.mp3
Category:Business -- posted at: 6:38pm EDT

Richard Woo is the CEO of the Russell Family Foundation, based in the Puget Sound region. Richard joins the Philanthropy Hour to discuss their work in tackling renewable energy efforts, water quality, environmental sustainability, and leadership development. We talk about the concepts of collective impact, responsive grant making, and impact investing as an effective vehicle. Richard addresses the importance of fostering strong relationships, approachability, and inclusiveness. The role of the Foundation is to be accessible to the local community, to strive for endless curiosity and lifelong learning, and support those change agents who are making a difference in the world. This is a reflection of the values of the founders, George and Jane Russell. Take a listen!

Direct download: Richard_Woo_UPDATED_FINAL.mp3
Category:Business -- posted at: 6:31pm EDT

Roger Nozaki is the Vice President of the Barr Foundation, one of the largest private foundations serving the New England region. He oversees the grant making programs, learning and evaluation, and operational activities. Previously, Mr. Nozaki was the senior policy advisor in the Office of the Under Secretary at the U.S. Department of Education. Prior to joining the Education Department, Roger held posts at the Hitachi Foundation and GE Foundation, and as associate dean at Brown University.  

Roger Nozaki of the Barr Foundation joins the show today to discuss the funding priorities of the Barr Foundation, what it means to be a community funder, and the advantages of having deep roots in the community, with strong partnerships. Roger also delves into learning and evaluation of grants for greater impact, and we explore some of the important trends taking place in philanthropy. Roger has a lot of keen insights into effective philanthropic models, how we can affect the most change.

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Category:Business -- posted at: 1:57am EDT

Vikki Spruill, President and CEO of Council on Foundations, speaks to the Philanthropy Hour on the work of the Council, how they represent all of various grantmakers across the country, and how they provide effective resources. Vikki addresses the impact and value of American philanthropy in general, as well as the importance of charitable giving. She discusses some of the emerging trends in philanthropy, and how Foundations are responding to these different charitable vehicles. She has a great understanding of the philanthropic climate, and what it will take to advocate on behalf of the sector. 
Direct download: Vikki_Spruill_FINAL.mp3
Category:Business -- posted at: 12:32pm EDT

Dan Nigito


Dan joins the Philanthropy Hour to talk about how all Americans are philanthropists, but not necessarily in a good way. There is currently a "war on wealth," and we need to do a better job of understanding how the flow of money works in order to leverage our investments and protect our hard-earned money. By doing so, we all have more capacity to give, to be charitable, and to do more good. Because of our current tax laws and the structure of our government codes, Americans are well positioned to protect their finances and support charitable causes that they are passionate about. It is a perfect mix, but we must be better educated on how to leverage our current wealth. We can grow our nest egg while also creating a charitable legacy. It is time to become intentional philanthropists, not accidental ones. 

Direct download: Dan_Nigito_Philanthropy_Hour_Podcast_2.mp3
Category:Business -- posted at: 8:18pm EDT

Mark Kramer is the co-Founder and Managing Director of FSG, as well as the co-Founder of Center for Effective Philanthropy. He is also an accomplished speaker and author, and has published extensively on topics in philanthropy and Corporate Social Responsibility.  

On the show, Mark discusses his theories of Collective Impact, Shared Value, and the secret to truly impactful, catalytic philanthropy. This is not about inventing new business models, or recreating systems, but about aligning our values with our intentions, and opening lines of communications. There must also be an understanding that catalytic change can never occur without the collaboration of multiple organizations, working across sectors, with a common agenda. The true path to real philanthropy is a passion for the cause, and an understanding of the underlying issues. 

Direct download: Mark_Kramer_FINAL.mp3
Category:Business -- posted at: 7:07pm EDT