A Time to Innovate: Achieving the Promise of Urban Catholic Schools

Wednesday, November 3, 2010 - 8:00am to Thursday, November 4, 2010 - 4:00pm EDT
Midtown Manhattan; details upon registration.
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Registration is required by November 1st. No fee.

MEMBERS and NON-MEMBERS: Please register online or contact Emily Dalpiaz Miller at EMiller@PhilanthropyRoundtable.org or 202-822-8333.

A Philanthropy New York Collaborative Program.

WHO SHOULD ATTEND: This is a solicitation-free event for qualified donors. Qualified donors include individual donors, donor advisors, corporate giving officers, and private foundation trustees and staff who make at least $50,000 in charitable donations annually. Public charities which devote at least 50 percent of their operating budget to direct grants for external activities are also eligible to attend.


Catholic schools have long been a beacon of hope for at-risk students. But today, many Catholic schools are hampered by an unsustainable business model, inconsistent educational quality, and shrinking enrollment.

But crisis also presents opportunity. Catholic schools desperately need new ideas—fresh strategies for providing underserved students with an excellent values-rich education.
Join us for a candid, donors-only discussion about what’s working in urban Catholic education. Private philanthropy can help Catholic schools not just survive—but thrive.


Wednesday, November 3
8:00 am – 2:00 pm
Optional school site visits, including Cristo Rey New York High School

5:30 -7:00 pm Evening Networking reception

Thursday, November 4
8:00 am – 4:00 pm

Note: For a continually updated list of speakers and discussion topics, please visit the program's website regularly in the coming weeks.
For more information about the content of this program, please contact Anthony Pienta, deputy director of education programs, at 202-822-8333 or

Discussion Topics Include:

  • Which investments in inner-city Catholic education offer the highest return?
  • Can new technology learning tools invigorate inner-city Catholic schools?
  • Are charter schools part of the problem or part of the solution?
  • How can entrepreneurs be incentivized to find new solutions for urban Catholic schools?
  • Is the crisis facing urban Catholic schools only a problem of money?

PRESENTERS  Partial list.

  • Bishop Frank Caggiano, Auxiliary Bishop of Brooklyn, NY.
  • Tom Carroll, Chairman, Brighter Choice Foundation.
  • Brendan Cassin, Chairman, Cassin Education Initiative Foundation.
  • John Eriksen, Superintendent of Schools, Diocese of Paterson.
  • Christine Healey deVaull, Executive Director, International Education Foundation.
  • Michael O’Neill, CEO, Preferred Unlimited, Inc.
  • Stephanie Saroki, Partner, Seton Education Partners.
  • Kevin Short, CEO, Clayton Capital Partners.
  • J. Peter Simon, Co-Chairman, William E. Simon Foundation.
  • Sol Stern, Senior Fellow, The Manhattan Institute.
  • Robert W. Wilson, Philanthropist.

OTHER INFORMATION: Please contact register@philanthropynewyork.org with questions.

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