In the world of charitable giving, a 4-star rating from Charity Navigator is the ultimate stamp of approval, signifying that an organization is a sound social investment for prospective donors.
The legacies of Rockefeller and Carnegie–and particularly their ethos of questioning and continual learning–were alive on the final day of the Global Philanthropy Forum’s annual conference.
"This work is not for sissies," admitted Acumen Fund founder Jacqueline Novogratz in reference to the work that Global Philanthropy Forum members do in philanthropy and impact investing. And she's right: the problems we face in health, environment, education and poverty are ubiquitous and persistent.
"What brings us together this year is the sense that the social contract is fraying, but that it is also evolving." So began this year's Global Philanthropy Forum, "Towards a New Social Contract," kicked off yesterday by GPF's President and CEO, Jane Wales, in Washington DC.
With the cherry blossoms ringing the tidal basin and the White House as our backdrop, Ascend, the Family Economic Security Program, held its launch celebration March 28 on the rooftop of the Hay-Adams Hotel. It was fantastic to see so many of our friends and partners, past and present, gathered under one roof: field innovators from California to Oklahoma to Tennessee; philanthropists and representatives of major foundations from across the country; college presidents; Administration officials; researchers and policy experts; and journalists from National Journal to Slate.