NEWS

DECEMBER 17, 2018
Voiceamerica Interview on the Patricia Raskin Show
Delighted to share my views on good giving, particularly for aging Baby Boomers who are the most generous generation in America today.
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DECEMBER 17, 2018
WealthManagement.com article by Mark Miller “Clients Want to be Better Donors"
“If someone can be trained to know about issues related to philanthropy, like taxes and legal structures, they also can be trained to know about good giving … and how to pick a non-profit where you can make a difference.”
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NOVEMBER 13-14, 2018
Encore Summit, Los Angeles
A gathering of leaders, innovators, and activists who share a commitment to and belief in the power of encore talent and intergenerational connections. I was honored to speak on a panel on “Creative Approaches to Financing and Sustainability – How can we expand financial investment in our work?” where I focused on obtaining gifts from individual donors.
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OCTOBER 13, 2018
Grappling With Legacy – The Pursuit Of Effective Philanthropy With Ancestral Skeletons In The Closet – HistPhil.org
In 1989 my father sold his most valuable possession, a Colonial-era bookcase-on-desk, to pay for the restoration of our family home in Providence, Rhode Island. The desk fetched $12.1 million at auction – a world record. Six years later, the renovation finally complete, he presented the historic house, along with furniture, family archives and an endowment, to Brown University.
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OCTOBER 15, 2018
Are These the Next Influential Voices of Aging? – Stria News
Last year, 51 million members of the “Encore Generation” made charitable donations. Indeed, Boomers are America’s most philanthropic generation, expected to give $6.6 billion in cash and $1.4 trillion in volunteer services over the next 20 years.
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SEPTEMBER 28-30, 2018
Exponent Philanthropy’s National Conference, Philadelphia
Exponent Philanthropy is the country’s largest association of funders and the only one dedicated to serving foundations with few or no staff, philanthropic families, and individual donors. It’s network members have in common lean operations and a style of philanthropy motivated by personal passion, community needs, and the strong desire for better outcomes.
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SEPTEMBER 13-14, 2018
First gathering of the Encore Public Voices Fellows, New York
I am honored to have been selected for the inaugural cohort of this year-long fellowship along with 19 other leading thinkers from across the land who are working at the intersection of aging, longevity and social justice. We are provided with extraordinary support, skills and mentoring to ensure our ideas shape the greater public conversation. I plan to write about ensuring older donors have an impact through with more strategic and thoughtful giving, even in small amounts.
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SEPTEMBER 6-7, 2018
Innovations in International Philanthropy Symposium, Boston
New England International Donors and The Philanthropic Initiative jointly organized this symposium “to propel forward the capacity and impact of internationally-oriented philanthropists, including individuals, families, foundations, investors, and corporate funders. The Symposium will provide funders a place to network, learn about relevant trends in international philanthropy, discover opportunities for collaboration, and gain practical, hands-on skills to increase the impact of their international giving.”
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MAY 7-10, 2018
Opportunity Collaboration, Sandpiper, Florida
The Opportunity Collaboration is a global network of leaders dedicated to building sustainable solutions to poverty and injustice by convening 4-day collaborative summits uniquely designed to forge alliances and advance social impact initiatives. This year, OC launched a network of funders and social entrepreneurs building solutions to poverty and injustice in the United States, convening nearly 250 Delegates from 35 states working on issues including gun violence, education equity, criminal justice, inclusion, the opioid crisis, indigenous rights, conscious consumerism and much more.
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MAY 2-4, 2018
Global Philanthropy Forum, Redwood City, CA
Established in 2001, the Global Philanthropy Forum is the pre-eminent peer-learning network of philanthropists and social investors committed to advancing international causes. This year’s conference was on the theme of “No Bystanders.”
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APRIL 26-29, 2018
The Newport Symposium, Newport, RI
I was honored to speak on a panel about philanthropy in support of the arts.
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APRIL 5, 2018
Emmanuel Church and The Newport Historical Society, Newport, RI
I spoke about the evolution of charitable giving in the United States as illustrated by the story of the Brown family, with special emphasis on the family’s influence on the city of Newport.
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MARCH 16-18, 2018
The Philanthropy Workshop annual retreat, Miami
Established in 1995 by the Rockefeller and Hewlett Foundations, TPW is the leader in ongoing strategic philanthropy education and networking—inspiring individuals and families to give better and achieve greater impact. I was fortunate to complete TPW’s course in 2007 and have enjoyed its annual retreats ever since. This year’s gathering focused on “philanthropy by design,” including the basic principles of design thinking.
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MARCH 14, 2018
The Massachusetts Historical Society, Boston
In conversation with historian Dr Edward Widmer, I was spoke about the evolution of charitable giving in the United States as illustrated by the story of the Brown family.


FEBRUARY 24, 2018
The Peacedale Library, South Kingston, RI
I was spoke on the evolution of charitable giving in the United States as illustrated by the story of the Brown family.


FEBRUARY 20, 2018
The John Hay Library, Brown University, Providence, RI
I presented the 11-generation relationship of the Brown family with Brown University, particularly the ground-breaking beliefs of Nicholas Brown II, the first American to believe in a university as an agent of social change.
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FEBRUARY 12, 2018
The University Club’s Women Forum, Providence, RI
Following an overview of the evolution of American philanthropy, I spoke about the basic principles of strategic and thoughtful giving.


JANUARY 6, 2018
The CCC Alliance, Boston
Designed initially as a private forum for families to share best practices and combine their buying power, CCC Alliance has developed into a dynamic peer network, collaborative purchasing organization, and source of insight and opportunities. I was honored to speak about the evolution of American philanthropy and join in a “fireside chat” on trends in charitable giving today.


DECEMBER 30, 2017
Keeping the Family Tree Alive – New York Times
Most of us know our relatives back to our grandparents. Counting our own children, we might have to contend with four generations. But there are families who can trace their history back centuries. Sylvia Brown, for instance, is the 11th generation of the family whose name adorns Brown University. And Alessia Antinori is the 26th generation of the Italian winemaking family whose company bears her surname.
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