Ana Oliveira to Moderate Debate Between Two Philanthropy Experts

In the world of philanthropy, it’s a little unusual to hear about a public debate between high level professionals. We have a lot of panel discussions, and not so many debates. But Philanthropy New York (PNY) clearly has other ideas.

Ana Oliveira
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PNY, “a regional association of grantmakers with global impact,” is sponsoring a debate between two very different leaders in the philanthropy sector. Picture, if you will, the matchup:

In this corner, we have David Callahan, Founder and Publisher of Inside Philanthropy, and author of the forthcoming title, The Givers, a riveting text that makes you question everything you know about philanthropy, and which lands squarely on the side of tightening up taxation and regulation of the rich. Furthermore, it makes you want to run laps around the block to vent your rage at the rampant inequality in today’s world.

In the other corner, we have Emmett Carson, President of the Silicon Valley Community Foundation, the world’s largest community foundation, where givers like Mark Zuckerberg and Jan Koum have put some of their money in recent years. SVCF has only been around since 2007, yet it has become the largest community foundation in the world, with more than $8 billion in assets.

The two will face off topics like: “Why are DAFs and other intermediaries exploding, like women’s funding networks? What are the implications?” and, “Does philanthropy need to be more accountable, broadly, to the American public? How?”

Leaders of Dallas Women’s Foundation, California Women’s Foundation, The Women’s Fund of Western Massachusetts, Women’s Foundation for a Greater Memphis, New York Women’s Foundation, Washington Area Women’s Foundation, the Women’s Foundation of Minnesota, The Women’s Fund of Greater Birmingham and Ms. Foundation on stage at the United State of Women Summit on June 14 in Washington, D.C.

Moderating the debate will be Ana Oliveira, President of the New York Women’s Foundation. Ana Oliveira has led some of the boldest strategies for women’s funds, including being one of the founders of Prosperity Together, the partnership of women’s funds across the country that is focusing on economic empowerment for women and girls, particularly women and girls of color.

The debate will take place at the PNY offices in New York on Thursday, April 13, at 9:00 am. It will also be livestreamed online. Go here for more information and to register.

Looking forward to watching them duke it out! Of course, I’m sure it will be quite the civil occasion, where philanthropy’s spirit of generosity will reign supreme. (Right?)


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Author: Kiersten Marek

Kiersten Marek, LICSW, is the founder of Philanthropy Women. She practices clinical social work and writes about how women donors and their allies are advancing social change.

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