Philanthropy New York’s 39th Annual Meeting - Democracy, Demographics & Destiny: All in the Details

Monday, June 4, 2018 -
1:00pm to 6:00pm EDT
The Paley Center for Media, 25 W 52nd Street, New York, NY, 10019
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Philanthropy New York is proud to announce our 39th Annual Meeting “Democracy, Demographics & Destiny: All in the Details.”

The focus of this half-day conference will be on fair representation and active participation of all Americans, especially those who face systematic barriers to exercising their power, including people who are immigrants, young, disabled, female, LGBTQ, economically disenfranchised and people working in undervalued professions. We will center race and gender in the day’s explorations of cross-movement building, and dive deep into the new tools that are radically altering the civic engagement field.

As always, the Annual Meeting will begin with the election of new Philanthropy New York board members and a review of the past year’s accomplishments.

Philanthropy New York thanks Citi Foundation for its generous support of the 39th Annual Meeting.

We will be updating this page with more information as the program develops.  We will also send all registrants a full listing of speakers in the days before the annual meeting.

Preliminary Program

12:30-1:00pm     Registration

1:00-1:30pm       [Business Meeting] Annual Meeting of the Members of Philanthropy New York

  • Election of New Board Members
  • President and Chair’s Reports on 2017

1:30-1:40pm       [PHIL Talk #1] No Democracy Without Equity: Empowering Students Through Action

1:40-2:50pm       [Panel] Organizing is Everything: Race, Gender and Cross-Movement Building

  • What’s working best as movement leaders seek to grow cross-movement relationships, and what support do leaders need from philanthropy to build on recent successes?


2:50-3:20pm       Break (snacks and drinks available)

3:20-3:30pm       [PHIL Talk #2] Census 2020 Is a Civic Engagement Opportunity

3:30-4:40pm       [Panel] New Democracy Tools, But Are They Working?

An examination of:

  • What are the range of new engagement methods, technology innovations, social media, and people-produced new media that are effectively connecting immigrants, young people, people of color, women, LGBTQ people to act and get involved in their communities?


  • Andrew Rasiej, (MODERATOR) Founder, Civic Hall
  • Fahd Ahmed,  Executive Director of DRUM (Desis Rising Up & Moving
  • Jessica Reeves, Chief Operating Officer, Voto Latino

4:40-4:50pm       [PHIL Talk #3] The State of Gerrymandering

4:50-5:15pm       Keynote Speaker: Civic Media, What would Ben Franklin Do?

  • Ethan Zuckerman, Associate Professor of the Practice in Media Arts and Sciences, Director, Center for Civic Media, MIT

5:15-6:00pm       Cocktail Reception

The use of The Paley Center for Media’s facilities does not constitute endorsement by the Paley Center.

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