The needs in the world around us seem more urgent than ever: a seemingly unending global pandemic; the ravages of climate change; and countless humanitarian crises at home and abroad. We have seen that philanthropic foundations have stepped up their giving in response, but overall individual giving was nearly flat in 2020 once MacKenzie Scott’s giving is removed. Some say this is a trend that will continue.
Are we becoming inured by the nonstop tragedies and challenges all around us? What is the role of individual donors in this country and how can they step up both the amount and effectiveness of their giving? Why does the American tradition of individual philanthropy matter?
The above are a sample of the big questions we’ll be tackling in season 2 of the Giving Done Right podcast, co-hosted by CEP’s President Phil Buchanan and myself.
In our first season, we brought you dynamic interviews with a range of voices and outlooks on effective giving. This season, we’re diving even deeper with carefully chosen guests who will bring you unexpected and much needed perspectives, including how to navigate the complex dynamics of giving as a family, how to use your circle of influence for good, and what donors need to know about trust-based philanthropy, direct cash transfers, giving to the arts, giving with a racial equity lens, giving to fight climate change, supporting women and girls, and more. We’ll also revisit perennial questions of how donors can best understand their impact and listen to those closest to the issues they care about.
New episodes will be available each Thursday morning starting September 16th. Check out our full line-up:
Thursday, 9/16: Cathy Moore, executive director of Epiphany Community Health Outreach Services (ECHOS)
Thursday, 9/23: Julie Aleman, major donor and executive director of Younger Family Fund
Thursday, 9/30: Tony Richardson, executive director of Nord Family Foundation
Thursday, 10/7: Jeremy Lin, professional basketball player, & Patricia Sun, CEO of JLIN Marketing
Thursday, 10/14: Stephanie Hull, president & CEO of Girls Inc., a national nonprofit
Thursday, 10/21: Elizabeth Alexander, poet and president of the Andrew Mellon Foundation
Thursday, 10/28: Rohini Nilekani, philanthropist and Giving Pledge signatory
Thursday, 11/4: Liesel Pritzker Simmons, major donor and co-founder of impact investing firm, Blue Haven Initiative
Thursday, 11/10: Gloria Walton, president & CEO of The Solutions Project
Thursday, 11/18: Paul Niehaus, co-founder of GiveDirectly
Grace Nicolette is vice president, programming and external relations, at CEP, and co-host of the Giving Done Right Podcast. Follow her on Twitter at @gracenicolette.