RE: Philanthropy Blog

Thursday, April 14, 2016 - 2:17pm

Maria Teresa Kumar grew up in Sonoma, Calif., a daughter of an immigrant field worker, and spent childhood summers in strife-torn Colombia during the drug wars and days of narcos. Shiza Shahid was raised in Islamabad, Pakistan, and was witness to the growing takeover of the Taliban before accepting a scholarship to Stanford University.

Monday, April 11, 2016 - 2:08pm

United States Deputy Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Nani A. Coloretti addressed the annual conference Sunday to describe the federal government’s multi-pronged effort to support American communities and how HUD has developed new strategies in meeting the challenges of today’s population.

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.