A lot has changed in the world since our founding in 1956. Our mission of advancing knowledge about philanthropy has remained a constant, but our ability to adapt and respond in a dynamic environment has ensured our continued success in leading the way toward a stronger, more vital nonprofit sector. Please join us as we celebrate our first 50 years and look ahead to building for philanthropy's future.
Symposium on the Future of Philanthropy:
A Conversation with Five Leaders in the Field
As part of our 50th anniversary celebration on November 9th at the Smithsonian's National Museum of the American Indian in New York, we convened "A Symposium on the Future of Philanthropy: A Conversation with Five Leaders in the Field." The participants, all emeritus trustees of the Foundation Center, were Steven A. Minter (moderator), executive in residence, Cleveland State University; Barry D. Gaberman, former senior vice president, Ford Foundation; Douglas W. Nelson, president, Annie E. Casey Foundation; Douglas X. Patiño, trustee, C.S. Mott Foundation; and Julie L. Rogers, president, Eugene and Agnes E. Meyer Foundation.
Foundation Center Day Proclaimed in
New York City
In honor of the Center’s 50th anniversary, Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg has proclaimed November 9, 2006, “Foundation Center Day” in the City of New York.
Timeline of Our 50-Year History
Social, political, and economic developments in the U.S. and around the world have shaped the evolution of philanthropy and the Foundation Center. Join us on an interactive journey that celebrates the Center's milestones—and those in philanthropy—over the past 50 years.
All of our five regional offices—in New York, Atlanta, Cleveland, San Francisco, and Washington, DC—presented a series of special programs throughout the year.
Philanthropy in the 21st Century
The Foundation Center's 50th Anniversary Interviews
Throughout the Foundation Center’s 50th anniversary year in 2006, Philanthropy News Digest featured a special series of Newsmakers interviews that illuminate both the current state and the future of American philanthropy. The series includes interviews with the 15 leaders in the field listed below. We have now published these interviews in a printed volume, Philanthropy in the 21st Century, available to the public at no cost.
50th Anniversary Interviews
Throughout the Foundation Center’s 50th anniversary year in 2006, Philanthropy News Digest featured a special series of Newsmakers interviews that illuminate both the current state and the future of American philanthropy. The series includes interviews with the 15 leaders in the field listed below.
- Vincent McGee, former Executive Director, Aaron Diamond Foundation
Spending Out as a Philanthropic Strategy
- Sara Engelhardt, President, Foundation Center
Fifty Years of Promoting Foundation Openness and Transparency
- Adam Meyerson, President, Philanthropy Roundtable
Donors and Philanthropic Intent
- Vartan Gregorian, President, Carnegie Corporation of New York
Philanthropy as Social Incubator
- David Rockefeller, Chairman Emeritus, Chase Manhattan Bank
Philanthropy and the Rockefeller Legacy
- Steve Gunderson, President/CEO, Council on Foundations
Philanthropic Leadership in a Changing World
- Rick Cohen, Former Executive Director, National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy
Nonprofits, Philanthropy, and the Democractic Process
- Sally Osberg, President and CEO,
Building the Field of Social Entrepreneurship
- Emmett Carson, President and CEO
Working to Catalyze Social Change
- Diana Aviv, President and CEO
Governance, Accountability, and the Charitable Sector
- John E. Marshall III, President and CEO
Building Nonprofit Capacity Through Challenge Grants
- Daniel Ben-Horin, Founder and President
Philanthropy and the Next-Generation Web
- Melissa Berman, President and CEO
Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors
Creating Change Through Informed Philanthropy
- James E. Canales, President and CEO
James Irvine Foundation
Expanding Opportunity for All Californians
- Stephen Heintz, President
Rockefeller Brothers Fund
Philanthropy in an Interdependent World