V-Day's Eve Ensler, Partners in Health's Farmer and Walton Inspire Bold Action and Risk Taking to Tackle Toughest Societal Challenges
Monday, April 8, 2013
Arlington, VA

WHAT: As the Council on Foundations Annual Conference in Chicago concludes on Tuesday, April 9, more than 1,000 of the nation's philanthropic and grantmaking leaders will turn their eye toward the future to evaluate key components necessary to foster innovation and turn vision into action to ensure a strong future for our communities.

During the final breakfast plenary session, Risk Taking, Robert L. Gallucci, president of the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation; Judith Rodin, president of the Rockefeller Foundation; and other foundation leaders will share their perspectives on combining leadership and organizational culture to elevate philanthropy's role and effectiveness in supporting and enhancing our communities.

During Tuesday morning's Models for Broadband Adoption and Use: Tales from Three Cities, community leaders and funders from three cities will focus on the important role of broadband connections to our communities' global future and share strategies to overcome barriers to provide global access to resources and communications.

As the conference closes, Eve Ensler from the V-Day Foundation and Paul Farmer and David Walton from Partners in Health will participate in an intimate discussion about changing the world through bold action and tackling the toughest problems facing our planet-including disease, disaster, and violence. This plenary session, Activist Philanthropy: Challenging the Status-Quo-Change the Questions, Change the World, will inspire the philanthropic, public, and private sectors to collaborate on creative solutions to achieve lasting impact.

WHEN: Tuesday, April 9 Session Highlights:

Risk Taking, Breakfast Plenary, 7:30-9:30 a.m.

  • Judith Rodin, president, Rockefeller Foundation; Bobbi Silten, president, Gap Foundation; Robert L. Gallucci, president, John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation; Kelly Ryan, president and CEO, Incourage Community Foundation

Models for Broadband Adoption and Use: Tales from Three Cities, 10:00-11:30 a.m.

  • Helen Brunner, director, Media Democracy Fund; Jeanette Lee, codirector, Allied Media Projects; Julia Stasch, vice president, U.S. programs, John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation; Susana Vasquez, executive director, LISC Chicago; Scot Rourke, president and CEO, OneCommunity; Rosalind Strickland, senior director, Office of Civic Education Initiatives, Cleveland Clinic Foundation

Activist Philanthropy: Challenging the Status-Quo-Change the Questions, Change the World, noon-1:30 p.m.

  • Eve Ensler, playwright, performer, and activist/founder , V-Day Foundation; Paul Farmer, chief strategist and cofounder, Partners In Health; David Walton, deputy chief of mission to Haiti, Partners in Health

WHERE: Hilton Chicago
720 South Michigan Avenue, Chicago


The Council on Foundations (, formed in 1949, is a nonprofit membership association of grantmaking foundations and corporations. Members of the Council include more than 1,700 independent, operating, community, public, and company-sponsored foundations, and corporate giving programs in the United States and abroad. The Council's mission is to provide the opportunity, leadership, and tools needed by philanthropic organizations to expand, enhance, and sustain their ability to advance the common good.