RE: Philanthropy Blog

Monday, April 11, 2016 - 1:07pm

Executive Director of Thunder Valley Community Development Corporation Nick Tilsen described the struggle of America’s indigenous people both through history and through today’s world. Tilsen remarked how during both periods in history, differing views of the world adversely affected his indigenous peoples’ community.

Monday, April 11, 2016 - 8:05am

Keynote Speaker David McCullough imparted the wisdom attained by a two-time Pulitzer Prize-winning author and noted historian as it pertained to the conference’s themes of identity, purpose and place Sunday. McCullough weaved snippets of some of his meticulously researched historical subjects and his own personal history to take conference goers on a brisk stroll through what makes America and Americans thrive.

Monday, April 11, 2016 - 8:02am

To help foundations do their part in creating and supporting the “kinder and braver world” described by the youth of the video, Council on Foundations President and CEO Vikki Spruill talked Sunday to the 2106 Annual Conference about the challenges associated with “Resetting Our Framework for the Future.”

Sunday, April 10, 2016 - 4:28pm

Jessie Ball duPont never worried about energy conservation or carbon footprints, and she probably never discussed affordable rents or the role of the nonprofit sector. But today, the Jessie Ball duPont Fund works on those and other issues that might seem foreign to Mrs. duPont -- and all in perfect alignment with Mrs. duPont's instructions and her legacy.

Sunday, April 10, 2016 - 4:27pm

John F. Rohe is the Vice President of Philanthropy and Secretary at the Colcom Foundation.

Hoping to harness a quality of livability in downtown Pittsburgh, Colcom Foundation collaborated with the Western Pennsylvania Conservancy to install 400 planters with five different seasonal displays throughout the year.

Sunday, April 10, 2016 - 3:22pm

In the summer of 2013 an investigative filmmaker, Orlando von Einsiedel, approached the Arcus Foundation (the world’s largest funder of ape conservation) with disturbing news: a British company, SOCO, was illegally exploring Virunga National Park with an eye towards developing it as an oil field. Such development would destroy this critical habitat and likely prove a death blow to the mountain gorilla.

Saturday, April 9, 2016 - 3:32pm

Patrick McCarthy is President and CEO of the Annie E. Casey Foundation.

James E. “Jim” Casey coined the phrase “constructive dissatisfaction” while steering United Parcel Service (now UPS) to becoming one of the world’s most successful companies. His dissatisfaction drove him to outpace the competition as he developed innovative transportation strategies, implemented advanced management practices and constantly broke new ground.

Saturday, April 9, 2016 - 2:08pm

Suzanne E. Siskel is Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer for The Asia Foundation.

On November 8, 2015, millions in Myanmar went to the polls to cast their votes – many for the first or second time in their lives – for members of the Union Parliament as well as for the 14 state and region parliaments. After decades of military rule, this marked the country’s first election in which all political parties participated, and on March 15, the new Parliament elected the new president, Htin Kyaw. To bridge this crucial voter information gap, The Asia Foundation turned to Myanmar’s small but rapidly growing tech community. On September 12, just two months before elections, more than 130 developers and designers in 30 teams entered the MaePaySoh Hack Challenge, a competition to create mobile and web applications that are user-friendly, fun, and full of essential information for voters about the general elections.

Saturday, April 9, 2016 - 12:45pm

Alexandra Caraballo, National Manager, Philanthropy at Kaiser Permanente.

Imagine this scenario: it’s Monday and John Smith waits to be released from the county jail. In his hand, he holds confirmation of a medical appointment for Tuesday that someone from a community-based organization arranged for him, anticipating he will get the medical treatment he needs. John is HIV positive.

Friday, April 8, 2016 - 2:44pm

Carla Roberts, President and CEO of the Fremont Area Community Foundation

In 2012, the Fremont Area Community Foundation took a major step toward building a stronger workforce and increasing educational achievement by adopting Goal 2025—a national goal—to increase the proportion of our residents with high-quality college degrees, certificates, or other credentials to 60 percent by the year 2025.