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Free online lectures: Explore a world of ideas

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Philanthropic Initiative, Inc.

The Philanthropic Initiative, Inc. (TPI) is a not-for-profit organization offering individuals, foundations, institutions and corporations a disciplined and results-oriented approach to philanthropy. Since it was founded in 1989, TPI has helped hundreds of donors to have an impact on some of society's most complex challenges through strategic philanthropy. TPI encourages a positive climate for philanthropy and actively promotes giving though its work with community foundations, Regional Associations of Grantmakers and others. TPI has researched and developed grants initiatives targeting a wide range of issue areas, including education; diversity; issues affecting children, youth and families; hunger and nutrition; housing and homelessness; community and economic development; environmental issues; and the arts. Strategy, combined with the values and passionate concerns of donors, brings about giving that makes a difference in society and in lives. It is philanthropy that can move donors toward a deeper understanding of the issues they care about and guide them through the demanding process of creating meaningful change.

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  • This is the sixth forum in a special discussion series entitled*The World We Want*, which focuses on the search for real solutions that will lead to a better world. Participants explore the following questions: Is there a new "open source'"approach to solving social dilemmas? How are cooperation, collaboration and whole-systems partnerships changing the paradigm of social action? How can big visionary ideas like this one be made concrete? We all dream of a world without conflict and massive inequity, of ideologues that admit other ways of thinking than their own, of analysis and criticism that puts forward solutions, of policies that propose bolder answers to the world's great problems, some of them planet-threatening. We look for answers, for ideas, and for real solutions that will lead to a better world. We want to be part of that world, and this program is an expression of those aspirations. *The World We Want* is also the title of a new book by Peter Karoff, which picks up where his previous book, *Just Money: A Critique of Contemporary American Philanthropy* ends. It draws on the collective wisdom and experience of creative philanthropists, social entrepreneurs, activists, and others who have thought about ways to promote the public good; the doers, the change makers, the innovators and the catalysts for social action in society.
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    Philanthropic Initiative, Inc.
  • The Philanthropic Initiative and Cambridge College present a conversation on the state of education with Peter Karoff moderated by President Mahesh Sharma and Chancellor Eileen Moran Brown. Special thanks to Wendell Seale and Cambridge College.
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    Philanthropic Initiative, Inc.
  • By assembling a distinguished group of experts, The Philanthropic Initiative engages the participants in a dialogue on the issues involved in and the various strategies employed by grantors. Hear these experts as they explore the challenging question, "Public Policy, Politics and Philanthropy - How Close to the Chasm Can One Go?"
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    Philanthropic Initiative, Inc.
  • A panel of experts discuss philanthropy as private action in public space. In an increasingly political and media intensive world what governance, what accountability, what transparency, and what attitude is appropriate and right for charitable organizations and private foundations?
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    Philanthropic Initiative, Inc.
  • 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?
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    Philanthropic Initiative, Inc.