Philanthropy Hour








June 2018
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Third Sector Capital leads governments, high-performing nonprofits, and private funders in building evidence-based initiatives that address society’s most persistent challenges. As experts in innovative public-private contracting and financing strategies, Third Sector is an architect and builder of the nation’s most promising Pay for Success projects including those in Commonwealth of Massachusetts, Cuyahoga County, Ohio, and Santa Clara County, California. 

As a co-Founder, Caroline provides a clear and in-depth look at the Pay For Success field, what they have achieved thus far, and what can be accomplished in the future. This is a helpful primer for anyone who is trying to learn more on the PFS subject. Caroline's energy and passion about Pay for Success is infectious! 

Direct download: Caroline_Whistler_FINAL_1.mp3
Category:Business -- posted at: 2:24pm EDT

Rick Williams is the CEO of the Sobrato Family Foundation, based in Cupertino, CA, which is focused on building a thriving Silicon Valley, through its business and philanthropic leadership. It is a place-based grant maker that invests in organizations seeking to make a social impact in the tri-county area of Silicon Valley.

Today, Rick joins us to discuss the strategic grantmaking of the Sobrato Family Foundation, the challenges specific to the Silicon Valley region, how they are responding to the community, and how they are using philanthropy as a tool for change. This is a great and inspirational conversation, from a man with a lot of industry experience.

Direct download: Rick_Williams_FINAL_1.mp3
Category:Business -- posted at: 1:51pm EDT

Dr. Emily Gustafsson-Wright is a fellow at the Brookings Institution. She helped publish a report in summer 2015 with some of her colleagues entitled "The Potential and Limitations of Social Impact Bonds: Lessons From The First 5 Years of Experience Worldwide." Here we discuss exactly what a Social Impact Bond is, how it functions, and its potential ramifications for funding social service projects in the future. SIBs have only been around for 5 years, but they are already gaining a lot of attention, with potential investors ready to get involved in the game. So it is important to analyze what is working and what needs to be improved for the future. 

Direct download: Emily_Gustfasson-Wright__FINAL.mp3
Category:Business -- posted at: 3:37pm EDT

As Vice President of The Morgridge Family Foundation, Carrie Morgridge has learned what works and what doesn't when it comes to giving. She argues that in order to ensure meaningful and lasting change, a gift must be more than simply a grant of money. The giver must assess whether the program is the right fit, work hand-in-hand with the key leaders on strategy, develop a plan for making the endeavor sustainable, and ensure that their gift can be leveraged to have a bigger impact on the community. By sharing real-life stories of how this hands-on approach to giving has transformed lives including her own, Morgridge inspires others to believe that they can also make a difference in their community, no matter the size of their gift. The most important message is that we all can get involved in some way. This is an inspirational and informative conversation

Direct download: Carrie_Morgridge_FINAL.mp3
Category:Business -- posted at: 1:58pm EDT

Kathy LeMay is the founder, President, and CEO of Raising Change, an organization that raises capital to advance social change agendas and increase philanthropic Participation.  Today she joins Philanthropy Hour to discuss the movement of humanity in philanthropy. She shares how her Generosity Plan helps steer individual givers towards finding their inner-inspiration and purpose. Everybody has the power to become a philanthropist. We must all "do what we can, with what we have, where we are." Kathy shares her own experiences of working with the victims of rape and genocide in war-torn Yugoslavia. She uses that experience to teach others that we all have an issue that motivates and drives us, and we can all put our talents to good use to make a difference. The act of philanthropy is more than just giving money, it is about becoming a more humane and connected person.  It is a powerful message. 

Direct download: Kathy_LeMay_FINAL_1.mp3
Category:Business -- posted at: 1:55pm EDT

Lisa Duran is the Executive Director of Grassroots Grantmakers in Denver, CO. Erin Barnes is a co-founder of ioby (In Our Backyard) in NYC. Together, they discuss models for community grantmaking, and empowering local citizens to take action within their own communities. This hyper-local philanthropy is sparking a movement across the country, where the best model for making change happen is on the streets. Listen to these leaders discuss the dynamics of community grantmaking, as well as the upcoming On The Ground event that they are co-sponsoring in Brooklyn in October 2015. 

Direct download: Lisa_Duran_Erin_Barnes_FINAL_1.mp3
Category:Business -- posted at: 6:47pm EDT

Carl Terzian has run Carl Terzian Associates PR for over 46 years. He is a lion of the Los Angeles business community, and the Dean of networking. Today he reflects on his own life and successful career. He explains the networking model that makes them unique, the front and backside of the business card concept, the value of service to others, and the importance of creating meaningful relationships. He discusses leadership, philanthropy, and supporting the nonprofit community. He demonstrates that a person's career is more than just a resume or a business card, it is a reflection of their values and belief system. Carl is truly an embodiment of the phrase "doing well by doing good." This interview is a good summary of Carl's work and mission. 

Direct download: Carl_Terzian_FINAL_1.mp3
Category:Business -- posted at: 5:48pm EDT

T.J. Cook discusses the CauseLabs model as a true partnership of working with social entrepreneurs to design platforms which not only provide a service, but also increase our interactions with one another, and our humanity. Technology can enhance our interactions and improve our lives, but the core of all technology is still relationships. T.J. also discusses the social enterprise model, and the B Corp structure. CauseLabs became a B Corp a couple of years ago, and he said it has really opened doors and connected them to a full community of changemakers. 

Direct download: TJ_Cook_CauseLabs_FINAL_1.mp3
Category:Business -- posted at: 4:50pm EDT

Pioneer and legend Jerr Boschee discusses the social enterprise field, the difference between social enterprise and social innovation, what constitutes a successful social entrepreneur. He touches on many different subjects that he has addressed throughout his career, including the problems with nonprofit organizations, innovations in the private sector, and why the millennial generation is so well equipped to become great social entrepreneurs. Jerr reflects on his career, the state of the sector as it now, and why he is excited for the future. This is a really wonderful conversation. 

Direct download: Jerr_Boschee_FINAL_1.mp3
Category:Business -- posted at: 8:15pm EDT

Modern philanthropy is looking for different ways to diffuse capital into the markets, and how to make traditional investments in non-traditional settings, like 'social' enterprises. Here, Kevin discusses some of the capital vehicles, including the confusion that can occur by applying capital financing to inherently unprofitable structures, like nonprofit organizations. It is an interesting interview with an admittedly different viewpoint on the issues. Definitely worth listening to for a contrarian perspective of B Corporations and the B Corp designation. 

Direct download: Kevin_Lynch_FINAL_1.mp3
Category:Business -- posted at: 9:10pm EDT