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CONFÉRENCES || Cycle de conférence : Discovering philanthropy, discovering America || 2017

Publié le 21 avril 2017

Le Centre Français des Fonds et Fondations, en partenariat avec Science Po, propose à ses adhérents de venir rencontrer les acteurs clés de la philanthropie américaine à l’occasion d’une série de rencontre qui auront lieu entre février et avril.

Cinq sessions vous sont proposées . C'est une occasion unique d’échanger avec des pairs américains et européens et de confronter vos pratiques. Les conférences auront lieu en anglais. 

Cette série est réalisée grâce au soutien de l‘Ambassade des États-Unis d’Amérique, de la Fondation After Fact , de la Banque Transatlantique et d'autres Fondations.



8 February – “Philanthropy’s Role in Modern Democracy” 

Dr. Bruce Sievers, Visiting Scholar & Co-Founder, Stanford Center on Philanthropy and Civil Society (PACS), Council of the National Endowment of the Humanities

Dr. Bruce R. Sievers is a visiting scholar and lecturer at the Haas Center for Public Service and the Center on Philanthropy and Civil Society, which he helped found in 2006, at Stanford University. Previously, he served as the Executive Director of the Walter and Elise Haas Fund from 1983 to 2002. He was the founding Chief Executive Officer of both California Council for the Humanities, now known as Cal Humanities, from 1974 to 1983, and Montana Committee for the Humanities, now known as Humanities Montana, from 1972 to 1974. In addition, Mr. Sievers is a Consulting Director of the Skirball Foundation and a Senior Fellow Emeritus with Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors. He is a past Treasurer of the Fulbright Association. He has written widely on topics of civil society and philanthropy, and in 2010, published his book Civil Society, Philanthropy and the Fate of the Commons. Mr. Sievers was a Fulbright Scholar and received a B.A. in International Relations, and an M.A. and Ph.D. in Political Science from Stanford University.

You may read the report of this conference here.

7 March -“Frameworks for Foundations” 

Melissa Berman,President and CEO, Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisers

Melissa Berman is the founding President and CEO of Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors, Inc., an innovative nonprofit philanthropy service launched by the Rockefeller family in 2002. Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors’ mission is to help donors create thoughtful, effective philanthropy throughout the world. Melissa has led Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors since its inception, building it into one of the world’s leading philanthropic advisory, grantmaking, research and project management services. Melissa is a director of Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors, the Adrian Brinkerhoff Foundation and the Foundation Center. She serves on the Advisory Boards of the Marshall Center for Philanthropy and Social Entrepreneurship at the London School of Economics and the Tamer Center for Social Enterprise at Columbia University, and is an adjunct Professor at Columbia University’s Business School. Melissa holds a B.A. from Harvard University and a Ph.D. from Stanford University.

You may read the report of this conference here.

15 March  - Philanthropy in Europe: Divergence, Convergence with the U.S.” 

Gerry Salole,  CEO, European Foundation Centre

Gerry Salole was appointed Chief Executive of the European Foundation Centre (EFC) in 2005. The EFC is an association of over 230 public-benefit foundations and corporate funders active in philanthropy in Europe and elsewhere. His previous posts have included serving as representative of the Ford Foundation’s Southern Africa office, based in Johannesburg, and director of the Department of Programme Documentation and Communication of the Bernard van Leer Foundation, based in The Hague. He has also worked for Save the Children Federation (USA) in Ethiopia and Zimbabwe, and Redd Barna (Norwegian Save the Children) and OXFAM UK and UNHCR in Ethiopia. He was the founding Chair of TrustAfrica, an independent private foundation set up in Dakar, Senegal, in 2006 to promote peace, economic prosperity, and social justice throughout the continent. Gerry Salole is a social anthropologist and development worker. He studied Social Anthropology and African History at the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London. He holds an M.A. (Econ.) and Ph.D. from the University of Manchester

You may read the report of this conference here.

30 March  - "The Role of Philanthropy in an Illiberal World"

Brad Smith,President, The Foundation Center

Bradford K. Smith joined Foundation Center as its president on October 1, 2008. Previously, Mr. Smith was president of the Oak Foundation in Geneva, Switzerland, a major family foundation with programs and grant activities in 41 countries in North America, Europe, Africa, Latin America, and South Asia. Prior to joining the Oak Foundation he developed and led the Ford Foundation's Peace and Social Justice Program, the foundation's largest program area. Mr. Smith serves on the board of directors of the Tinker Foundation and the advisory board of the United Nations Trust Fund for Human Security. Mr. Smith has devoted his entire career to the philanthropic and nonprofit sectors. He first joined the Ford Foundation as a program officer in its Brazil office before being promoted to representative. Prior to that, he directed the Brazil program of the Inter-American Foundation. At the start of his career, he worked for the YMCA of the USA, both in Costa Rica and New York, where he became manager for world development at its Center for International Management Studies. He holds an M.A. in economics from the New School for Social Research in New York and a B.A. in anthropology and ethnomusicology from the University of Michigan.

You may read the report of this conference here

12 April  - "Full Frontal Philanthrophy"

Clara Miller,  President,F..B. Heron Foundation

Clara Miller is President of the Heron Foundation, which helps people and communities help themselves out of poverty. Prior to assuming the foundation’s presidency, Miller was President and CEO of Nonprofit Finance Fund which she founded and ran from 1984 through 2010. In addition to serving on Heron's board, Miller is on the boards of the Sustainability Accounting Standards Board (SASB), Family Independence Initiative, The R.S. Clark Foundation and StoneCastle Financial Corp. She is a member of the U.S. Advisory Committee to the G8 on Impact investing, named in 2014.  She is a member of the Social Investment Committee of the Kresge Foundation. From 2010-2014 Miller was a member of the first Nonprofit Advisory Committee of the Financial Accounting Standards Board. In 1996, President Clinton appointed Miller to the U.S. Treasury’s first Community Development Advisory Board for the then-newly-created Community Development Financial Institutions Fund, and later became its Chair. She chaired the Opportunity Finance Network board for six years and was a member of the Community Advisory Committee of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York for eight years.

You may read the report of this conference here.


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