The Tactical Philanthropy Forum is a regular gathering of the thinkers and doers who are building a new and better social sector.
This event will feature a conversation with Paul Brest, president of The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation and Bill Somerville, president and founder of the Philanthropic Ventures Foundation. Sean Stannard-Stockton, author of the Tactical Philanthropy blog will act as moderator.
The conversation will examine the tradeoffs between a philanthropy driven by strategic, big picture issues and a grassroots approach to giving that focuses on funding outstanding individuals.
Paul Brest is the author of the newly released book Money Well Spent: A Strategic Guide to Smart Philanthropy. Bill Somerville is the author of Grassroots Philanthropy: Field Notes of a Maverick Grantmaker. Sean Stannard-Stockton is director of tactical philanthropy at Ensemble Capital Management, author of the Financial Times column On Philanthropy and a member of the World Economic Forum's council on Philanthropy and Social Investing.
Like all Tactical Philanthropy Forum events, the conversation will center on real world applications and is designed for a cross-disciplinary audience. Anyone and everyone interested in a new and better social sector are encouraged to participate. Both social sector professionals and individual donors will enjoy the evening's event. All attendees are asked to follow a strict policy of non-solicitation- The Tactical Philanthropy Forum
Paul Brest is the President of the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation in Menlo Park, California. Mr. Brest received an A.B. from Swarthmore College in 1962 and an LL.B from Harvard Law School in 1965.
He served as law clerk to Judge Bailey Aldrich and Supreme Court Justice John M. Harlan, and practiced with the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc., in Jackson, Mississippi, doing civil rights litigation before joining the Stanford Law School faculty in 1969, where his research and teaching focused on constitutional law and problem solving/decision making.
From 1987 to 1999, he served as the dean of Stanford Law School. Mr. Brest is co-author of Processes of Constitutional Decisionmaking (5th ed. 2007), and of Problem Solving, Decision Making, and Professional Judgment (forthcoming Oxford University Press, 2009) Together with Hal Harvey he is co-author of Money Well Spent: A Strategic Guide to Smart Philanthropy (forthcoming Bloomberg Press, 2008). He teaches a course on Judgment and Decisionmaking in the Public Policy Program at Stanford.
Mr. Brest holds honorary degrees from Northeastern Law School and Swarthmore College, and is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.
Bill Somerville, founder and executive director of the Philanthropic Ventures Foundation (PVF). PVF administers the giving for thousands of donors and specializes in responsive approaches to grantmaking.
Bill is also the author of a new book Grassroots Philanthropy: Field Notes of a Maverick Grantmaker.
As a principal at Ensemble Capital Management, Sean Stannard-Stockton is director of tactical philanthropy and manages client portfolios.
Stannard-Stockton authors the column "On Philanthropy" for the Financial Times and writes the blog Tactical Philanthropy, which has been cited by the Wall Street Journal and the New York Times.
Stannard-Stockton speaks regularly on the trends defining what he calls The Second Great Wave of Philanthropy and is often quoted in the media. He is a member of the World Economic Forum's Global Agenda Council on Philanthropy and Social Investing.
Voluntary, organized efforts intended for socially useful purposes. Philanthropic groups existed in the ancient civilizations of the Middle East, Greece, and Rome: an endowment supported Plato's Academy (c. 387 BC) for some 900 years; the Islamic waqf (religious endowment) dates to the 7th century AD; and the medieval Christian church administered trusts for benevolent purposes. Merchants in 17th- and 18th-century western Europe founded organizations for worthy causes. Starting in the late 19th century, large personal fortunes led to the creation of private foundations that bequeathed gifts totaling millions and then billions in support of the arts, education, medical research, public policy, social services, environmental causes, and other special interests. SeeAndrew Carnegie; B'nai B'rith; Bill Gates; George Peabody; Rockefeller Foundation; Straus family.