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Finding and Funding Innovation: Breakthroughs in Social Challenges

Date: 9/29/2009
Time: 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Location: Philanthropy New York, 79 Fifth Ave., 4th floor, NYC

Registration is required by September 25, 2009.

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A program in Philanthropy New York's DECISION MAKERS series.

WHO SHOULD ATTEND: CEOs, trustees, program officers, and other funders interested in alleviating social challenges through innovative projects.


This year, President Obama announced that he would launch the Social Innovation Fund which would identify the most promising nonprofits, with successful models, and help them expand their reach thoughout the country.

The national spotlight on social innovation reveals a large and growing movement within philanthropy and among nonprofits, to identify and nurture breakthrough practices that can change the world. But this is by no means a novel idea.  Historically, strategic grantmaking institutions have been finding and funding innovative projects with the intent to scale them to lead community change for decades.

Nonprofits and foundations have long focused on the research and development of social improvement, from the Rockefeller Foundation’s support of the Green Revolution over 60 years ago to the Skoll Foundation’s support of Social Entrepreneurship today. The Doris Duke Charitable Foundation has supported innovative practice in a variety of fields, including its current support of the Innovation Lab for the Performing Arts. And Pop!Tech is a nonprofit ideas festival and social innovation incubator that presents leading minds in science and the arts, from Malcolm Gladwell to Michael Pollan, and also convenes emerging social entrepreneurs to support their development to full-scale implementation.
Join us as we hear from Andrew Zolli, PopTech’s Executive Director and Curator, and Ben Cameron, Program Director for the Arts at the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation as they discuss where to find and how to fund innovative projects to promote dramatic breakthroughs in science, the arts and all types of social challenges. Vince Stehle, frequent columnist of The Chronicle of Philanthropy and Program Director at the Surdna Foundation, will moderate this conversation.


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