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Philanthropic Leadership: Visions and Strategies

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Tuesday, June 15, 2004

A group of experts discusses the issues involved and the various strategies employed by grantors and explores the meaning of philanthropic leadership. How does philanthropy enable powerful visions to become practical strategies for leadership? How can philanthropy become a truly moral leader in the affairs of the world in which we live? Why has philanthropy failed, too often, to take on needed leadership to move an issue forward? What are the real world implications of these questions for donors and trustees as well as foundation CEOs and professional staff?

As president and CEO of The Minneapolis Foundation, Emmett D. Carson provides overall vision, leadership and motivation for one of the largest, oldest and most complex community foundations in the country. He oversees the Foundations grantmaking, loan making, communications, fund development and investment management activities. As external spokesperson, he is responsible for developing collaborative relationships with all sectors and segments of the community as well as with other organizations nationwide. Since his arrival in 1994, the Foundation has embarked on a ten-year $20 million initiative to improve the lives of children and families in poverty, raised record annual gifts ($46 million in fiscal year 1999) and increased total assets under management from $186 million to over $400 million. Carson came to The Minneapolis Foundation from the Ford Foundation in New York, where he spent 5 years as program officer, first in the area of social justice and then in governance and public policy. Responsible for the Foundations domestic and international support of community foundations and the nonprofit sector, Carson managed a $10 million grantmaking budget that reached across the country and as far as Africa, Asia and Latin America. Prior to that he served as project director of the Study on Black Philanthropy at the Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies in Washington, DC, where he designed and directed the first national study of the charitable giving and volunteer behavior of black and white Americans. Earlier in his career, Carson taught research and public policy courses as an adjunct professor in the Afro-American Studies program at the University of Maryland and served as a legislative research analyst at The Library of Congress in Washington, DC. Carson received a Phi Beta Kappa bachelors degree in economics from Morehouse College and MPA and PhD degrees in public and international affairs from Princeton University. He is the author of several books and dozens of articles on American philanthropy.
Peter Goldberg is President and Chief Executive Officer of the Alliance for Children and Families and its parent holding company, Families International, Inc. As president and CEO of Families International, Inc., Goldberg oversees a unique corporate structure that allows four organizations to operate under one parent company. This allows for the financial independence of each of the organizations while creating an environment that encourages collaboration. Goldberg also serves as chief executive officer of Ways to Work, Inc. and United Neighborhood Centers of America (UNCA). Prior to joining the Families International group of companies in 1994, Goldberg held a variety of positions in the corporate and philanthropic field and in the public sector. He was President of the Prudential Foundation (1990-94) and head of Primerica's social responsibility programs (1982-88). He was Project Director of the New York State Heroin and Alcohol Abuse Study (1981-82) and Special Assistant to the Director of the U.S. government's National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (1979-81). Goldberg is a Fellow of the National Academy of Public Administration, Immediate Past Chair of the Board of The Children's Institute (Oregon), and a Board Trustee of The Bridgespan Group. He is also Chair of the Advisory Committee of the Listening Post Project at the Center for Civil Society Studies at Johns Hopkins University and Convening Chair of Leadership 18.
Recognized by former U.S. Secretary of Education Richard W. Riley as "one of the outstanding education leaders in the country," Chad Wick leads KnowledgeWorks Foundation in its mission to increase the number and diversity of people who value and access public education. As the founding president and CEO, he has led the Foundation to achieve this mission by providing not only seed grants and operating funds, extensive technical assistance and training, but policy and advocacy projects that promote and support sustainable, system-wide changes. Prior to leading KnowledgeWorks Foundation, Chad was president and CEO of Rise Learning Solutions. He has also served as president of Mayerson Company, executive vice president of the PNC Bank, and CEO of Southern Ohio Bank.
Tim is the director of the Executive Development Roundtable and a professor of Organizational Behavior in the School of Management at Boston University. He is also a core faculty member of the Human Resources Policy Institute. He has served as acting dean and associate dean of Faculty Development and faculty director for the Masters Programs at the School of Management. Tim's latest book is *Careers In and Out of Organizations* (Sage Publications, 2002). He is the co-author of *The Career is Dead - Long Live the Career: A Relational Approach to Careers*, *Careers in Organizations*, and *Organizational Climates and Careers,*.