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Thursday, April 12, 2018

Financing Change: Collaborative Approaches to Philanthropy

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Session Description

What will it take to solve the world’s most difficult challenges? The demands of fundraising often hamstring social entrepreneurs poised to dismantle unjust systems. Most grants are too small, too short, and too restrictive to achieve the kind of change funders actually hope to see. What happens when funders, large and small, combine funds—and forces—to advance systems change initiatives? Can alliances of the wealthy avoid reinforcing existing power structures while effectively addressing large-scale injustice?

When | Where

1:30 PM - 2:45 PM Thursday, April 12 Nelson Mandela Lecture Theatre


Panel Discussion

Session leaders

  • Olivia Leland Speaker
    Founder and CEO, Co-Impact
    Olivia Leland brings twenty years of experience in philanthropy, government, and the nonprofit sector to her role as founder and CEO of Co-Impact. She has spent the last three years building Co-Impact, a global collaborative for systems change, and researching the gaps in aligning philanthropy, social change leaders and large-scale change. In addition to being the CEO of Co-Impact, Olivia also serves as a managing director at The Rockefeller Foundation, focusing on bringing collaborative approaches to the Foundation’s initiatives. Olivia worked with Bill and Melinda Gates and Warren Buffett as the founding director of the Giving Pledge, an effort to help address society’s most pressing problems by encouraging philanthropy globally. In this role, she was responsible for building out the concept from inception as well as overseeing the strategy and implementation for this effort which now has more than 170 families committed from around the world, and provides a forum for this group to discuss challenges, successes and failures, and how to be smarter about giving. Previously, she led a cross-foundation strategy effort at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, served as associate director for financial and private sector development at the Millennium Challenge Corporation, as an independent consultant focusing on microfinance and private sector development, and as a strategy consultant at Monitor Group focusing on branding, market research and venture philanthropy. Olivia received her AB in Social Studies from Harvard University and MSc in Development Management from the London School of Economics and Political Science. She sits on the Board of the Full Frame Initiative, a nonprofit organization that works to break cycles of poverty and violence through systems change, and was named a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum in 2014. She lives with her husband and three children in London, UK, and holds dual US/French nationality.
  • Heather Grady Moderator
    Vice President, Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors
    Heather is a Vice President in RPA’s San Francisco office and leads the organization’s strategy and program development in global philanthropy, including collaboratives, global programs, research, and publications. She drives thought leadership through efforts like the SDG Philanthropy Platform, a collaboration to encourage philanthropy to engage more meaningfully in the Sustainable Development Goals/Agenda 2030, and the Scalable Solutions initiative, which aims to fuel the placement of longer-term, responsive and adaptive resources to fund and accelerate scalable solutions that target systemic changes focused on pressing global issues. Heather also serves as an Adjunct Professor for the Executive Management Program at the China Global Philanthropy Institute. Heather’s philanthropic advising has been shaped in part by two decades living and working in countries in Asia, Africa and the Middle East, managing development and humanitarian programs focused on themes including education, livelihoods, health, agriculture and microfinance. Heather was previously a Vice President for Foundation Initiatives at The Rockefeller Foundation where she oversaw an annual grantmaking budget averaging $65 million. Prior to that, she served as the Managing Director of Realizing Rights: The Ethical Globalization Initiative, a decade-long partnership between Columbia University, The Aspen Institute, and the International Council on Human Rights Policy founded by former Irish President Mary Robinson. During this period she also served as an Adjunct Professor at Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs. Heather has a master’s degree in public administration from the Kennedy School at Harvard and a B.A. from Smith College. She serves on a number of Boards and Advisory Groups including The B Team, the Business and Human Rights Resource Center, the Wildlife Justice Commission, and SXSW Eco, and is a member of the WEF Global Future Council.
  • Neera Nundy Speaker
    Founder & Partner, Dasra
    Neera Nundy – Partner & Founder, Dasra Neera plays a crucial role in bringing managerial skills, knowledge and analysis to the sector. She incubated the Dasra Social-Impact program, an executive education program for social entrepreneurs, enabling over 500 social organizations to receive over USD 40 million in funding over the past 14 years. Neera has written and published 22 sector research reports on education, health and livelihoods. She has enabled portfolio organizations such as SMV Wheels, Sabras and SNEHA to refine their strategies and accelerate their growth by 20-30x. She played a pivotal role in engaging with USAID and Kiawah Trust to form an alliance that focuses on reproductive- maternal- new-born child healthcare and adolescents girls’ empowerment in India. Neera holds a Masters in Business Administration from the Harvard Business School, is an Aspen Institute Fellow and is a Board member of Mann Deshi and Jaipur Virasat Foundation.
  • Rukmini Banerji Speaker
    CEO, Pratham
    Rukmini Banerji is CEO of Pratham Education Foundation in India. She joined Pratham in 1996 and has extensive field experience in program implementation in rural and urban areas as well as in research. Rukmini also led the ASER (Annual Status of Education Report) effort for 10 years from 2005 to 2014. ASER measures basic learning levels of children in every rural district in India. Initially trained as an economist in India, she completed her Ph.D. at the University of Chicago. Originally from Bihar, she now is based in New Delhi. She loves telling and writing stories for children.
  • Rebecca Onie Speaker
    Co-Founder & CEO Emerita, Health Leads
    A MacArthur “Genius” awardee, Rebecca Onie, JD is widely recognized for her sector leadership in addressing patients’ social needs – like heat, food and housing – as part of healthcare delivery. In 1996, as a college sophomore, she co-founded the social enterprise Health Leads to address the blind spot that, while 70% of patients’ health issues are tied to social and environmental factors, our health care system is not structured to address these issues. Prior to joining the Board of Directors, Onie served as CEO for 15 years between 1996 -2000 and 2006 -2017. With its clinical partners, Health Leads creates solutions to equip healthcare institutions – and their physicians and other providers – to “prescribe” food, electricity, and other basic resources their patients need to be healthy, and enabling them to seamlessly connect those patients to existing community resources. From the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services to the National Committee for Quality Assurance to the American Hospital Association, key healthcare have tapped Onie’s expertise on how to “operationalize equity” via the intersection of social determinants, population health, and health care delivery.