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Thursday, March 29, 2007

The Future of Philanthropy

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Session Description

How far can ‘creative’ philanthropy support social innovation to help address some of the major challenges confronting global society today? This panel discussion explores how philanthropy is developing, opportunities to maximise impact, how philanthropic institutions are approaching mission- related investment and the challenges for non-profits trying to secure investment capital.

When | Where

09:00 - 11:00 Thursday, March 29

Session leaders

  • Alex Nicholls Speaker
    Professor of Social Entrepreneurship, University of Oxford
    Professor Alex Nicholls MBA is the first tenured professor in social entrepreneurship appointed at the University of Oxford and was the first staff member of the Skoll Centre for Social Entrepreneurship in 2004. His research interests range across several key areas within social entrepreneurship and social innovation, including: the nexus of relationships between accounting, accountability, and governance; public and social policy contexts; social investment; and Fair Trade. To date Nicholls has published more than eighty papers, working papers, book chapters and articles and six books. Most appear in a wide range of peer reviewed journals and books, including five papers in Financial Times Top 30 journals (with two others under review and resubmit). He is the General Editor of the Skoll Working Papers series and the Editor of the Journal of Social Entrepreneurship. Nicholls is also the co-author of a major research book on Fair Trade (with Charlotte Opal, Sage, 2005) and the editor of a collection of key papers on social entrepreneurship (Oxford University Press, 2006, 2008). Both represent the best selling and most cited academic books on their subjects in the world. In 2011, Nicholls published a co-edited volume on social innovation – the first scholarly book on the subject. In 2016, he published a co-edited volume on social finance (again this is the first academic collection on the subject). His next book will be a monograph on the politics of social entrepreneurship and innovation globally.
  • Helmut Anheier Speaker
    Founder and Director , UCLA Center for Civil Society
    Helmut K. Anheier is an academic currently serving as Dean of the Hertie School of Governance. His research interests include methodological questions of sociological research with different units of analysis, organizational theory and the interaction of globalisation and civil society more broadly. Anheier was educated at the University of Trier in Germany and at Yale, and after completing a PhD in 1986 based on 15 month of field work in West Africa for data gathering. Dr. Anheier worked in the late 1980s as a social affairs officer at the United Nations. His academic career included posts at Rutgers and the London School of Economics, where Anheier held a Centennial Professorship[5] and founded and directed the Centre for Civil Society; he then moved to UCLA where he established the Center for Civil Society. From the year 2000 on he published several articles and encyclopedia entries about the normative dimension of "civil" society as an anlytical concept for sociological investigations and re-introduced the notion of "civility". At UCLA he was from 2001 - 2009 Professor of Public Policy and Social Welfare. Anheier is today chair of Sociology at Heidelberg University and Academic Director of the Center for Social Investment at the same University.
  • Lester Salamon Speaker
    Director, Center for Civil Society Studies at The Johns Hopkins Institute for Policy Studies
    Lester M. Salamon is a professor at The Johns Hopkins University. He is also the Director of the Center for Civil Society Studies at The Johns Hopkins Institute for Policy Studies. Salamon has written or edited over 20 books in addition to hundreds of articles, monographs and chapters that have appeared in Foreign Affairs, the New York Times, Voluntas, and numerous other publications. He was a pioneer in the empirical study of the nonprofit sector in the United States, and is considered by many experts in his field to be a leading specialist on alternative tools of government action and on the nonprofit sector in the U.S. and around the world.
  • Mark Kramer Speaker
    Co-Founder and Managing Director, FSG
    Mark Kramer is the founder of FSG, a global nonprofit social impact consulting and research organization. He is a co-author of seminal publications on creating shared value, collective impact, catalytic philanthropy, and emergent strategy in the Harvard Business Review, and Stanford Social Innovation Review. He received a BA from Brandeis University, an MBA from The Wharton School, and a JD from the University of Pennsylvania Law School.