Setting the Stage for 2012: Carol Jenkins Interviews Simon Greer and Pamela Shifman on Paradigm Shifts and Their Implications for Philanthropy

Thursday, December 15, 2011 -
1:30pm to 5:00pm EST
Philanthropy New York, 79 Fifth Ave., 4th floor, NYC
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This program will be followed by a festive holiday reception.

Join Philanthropy New York’s Funders of Women and Girls in a dynamic conversation on contemporary issues and philanthropy.  Award winning journalist Carol Jenkins, Chair of The African Medical & Research Foundation (AMREF USA), will moderate a vibrant conversation between Pamela Shifman and Simon Greer. Pamela Shifman is the current Director of Initiatives for Women and Girls at the NoVo Foundation and Simon Greer is the current President and CEO of The Progressive Jewish Alliance and Jewish Funds for Justice and the incoming President of The Nathan Cummings Foundation. These two philanthropic leaders will use their experiences as social change agents to explain how in a fast-moving world— that in some ways is outpacing the philanthropic sector’s ability to react—philanthropy should bolster efforts to effect social change.

This program is a continuation of the animated dialogue from our October 3, 2011 program Philanthropy, Women and Social Justice: A Breakfast Conversation with Sara K. Gould. Sara K. Gould, Atlantic Philanthropies Senior Fellow at the Foundation Center and former President & CEO of the Ms. Foundation for Women, presented her research findings on how social justice philanthropy has been disproportionally affected by the recession. Drawing from the Foundation Center’s report Diminishing Dollars: The Impact of the 2008 Financial Crisis on the Field of Social Justice Philanthropy, Sara explored current trends in social justice (through a gender lens) and the need for philanthropists to respond. This upcoming session is structured so that those who could not attend that first program will feel fully engaged in this program.

Presented by the Funders of Women and Girls Network, a Philanthropy New York Working Group.


  • How can philanthropy maximize its relevance in this present moment?
  • How do we build more collective engagement to address issues confronting vulnerable populations, including women and girls (who represent 51% of the U.S. population)?
  • How do national activities (ranging from the Congressional Super Committee to Occupy Wall Street) and sector movements (including concepts like Collective Impact) challenge us to think about our sector’s approach to improving the lives of women and girls and other groups?


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All Philanthropy New York members