Dr. Richard Gunderman

Dr. Richard Gunderman, professor of radiology, pediatrics, philosophy and philanthropy at Indiana University’s Center on Philanthropy and author of We Make A Life by What We Give, addressed  “Generosity: What’s at Stake?” He kicked off the inaugural lecture of GSPIA’s Philanthropy Forum in collaboration with the Johnson Institute and the Innovation Clinic. Richard Gunderman spoke about the humanistic meaning of philanthropy. He is a Professor of Radiology, Pediatrics, Medical Education, Philosophy, Liberal Arts, and Philanthropy at Indiana University, the Vice Chair of Radiology, a Fellow of the Tobias Center for Leadership Excellence, and serves on the Boards of the Kinsey Institute and the Institute for Advanced Study. He is the author of numerous scholarly articles and has published five books. His most recent book is “We Make a Life by What We Give.”

Sara Gould

Sara Gould, then president and CEO of the Ms. Foundation for Women, discussed the implications of the economic stimulus and recovery activities for women and girls, and the role philanthropy may play in changing public policy. A practitioner in the field, Gould explored the impact of the current financial crisis on community philanthropy initiatives.  April 7, 2009.

Grant Oliphant

Grant Oliphant, president and CEO of The Pittsburgh Foundation, delivered the keynote address for the series by examining approaches like Mission-Related Investing, Funder Collaboratives, and Web 2.0 tools to foster greater social and financial capital in times of economic distress.

As the economic downturn tests communities, philanthropists must develop tools to maintain vital services despite declining assets and fewer grant dollars. New forms of pooled funds, investment, social networking technologies, and outreach may help forge community resources and tackle long-term problems.  Oliphant explored philanthropic efforts underway to help meet unprecedented regional challenges.  His remarks launched an 18 month look at philanthropy’s responsibilities, constraints, and opportunities in the face of mounting economic challenges in communities throughout the world. April 15, 2009.

Jacqueline Novogratz

Jacqueline Novogratz of the Acumen Fund presented her address, The Future of Philanthropy: Making Markets Work to Serve the Poor on December 1, 2009. Sunil Wadhwani from iGATE Corporation offered remarks to respond to her address. Ms. Novogratz recently published her memoir, The Blue Sweater: Bridging the Gap between Rich and Poor in an Interconnected World.

Fighting poverty around the globe remains a daunting challenge that philanthropy and the marketplace are tackling together. The Acumen Fund has pioneered ways to make markets serve the very poor with goods and services that change their quality of life. The path from charity to customer creation through sustainable design, access to capital and the forces of the marketplace will be explored.

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