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How Philanthropy Can Drive Change in Public Education

June 28, 2023  • Daniel R. Porterfield

Melanie Lundquist, Philanthropist; Vice Chair, Partnership for Los Angeles Schools
Dan Porterfield, President and CEO, Aspen Institute

As members of the Giving Pledge, Melanie and Richard Lundquist have given more than $400 million over the past decade to critical causes ranging from educational opportunity to health care access to climate change mitigation. What drives a modern philanthropist to do what they do, what models of giving work best, and where are the opportunities for private dollars to make the biggest difference?