Diminishing Dollars: The Impact of the 2008 Financial Crisis on the Field of Social Justice Philanthropy with Sara Gould

Wednesday, February 1, 2012 -
7:45am to 11:00am EST
Philanthropy New York, 79 Fifth Ave., 4th floor, NYC
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The health of foundation endowments too often plays a cursory role in conversations about the economy, nonprofits, and social change. Now, a new report from the Foundation Center brings endowments to the center stage, examining the impact of the 2008 financial crisis on the field of social justice philanthropy. The report’s principal author and a key social justice funder will be among our guests at a special program on the topic.

Learn about the study’s findings, including:

  • historical trends in foundation assets, spending, and giving levels
  • strategies used by foundations to cope with depleted assets immediately following the crisis
  • projections through 2015 for asset and grantmaking levels

Then, participate in a conversation about the implications for social justice philanthropy and the nonprofit sector as a whole. Bring your questions, concerns, strategies, and success stories to this engaging discussion.


  • How can funders and grantees maintain impact with fewer dollars?
  • What does the damage to foundations’ endowments mean for the social justice arena, today and in the years to come?
  • What strategies can help secure the future of support for social justice and other critical issues?


Part of Philanthropy New York’s Wealth, Endowments and the Economy Series.


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