**The Foundation Center is open today (Wednesday, January 12th),
and our event will take place as planned.**
A Century of Good? 100 Years of American Foundations
The first modern American foundation, the Carnegie Corporation of New York, was established in 1911. In the ensuing 100 years, what exactly have independent grantmaking foundations contributed to the United States? It is precisely this question that philanthropic researchers Helmut Anheier and David Hammack attempt to answer in their newly released book, American Foundations: Roles and Contributions.
Join Anheier, Hammack, and a panel of distinguished guests in a lively discussion about the impact of U.S. foundations on Wednesday, January 12, 2011 at the Foundation Center in New York City.
This event explores foundations’ changing role over time, from “positive contributions to society” to instances of “controversy, false starts, inconsistency, disappointment, futility, and sometimes failure.” A networking breakfast will precede the discussion.
Helmut Anheier – Dean, Hertie School of Governance, Berlin, academic director of the Center for Social Investment at Heidelberg University, and professor public policy and social welfare at UCLA
David Hammack – Hiram C. Haydn Professor of History at Case Western Reserve University
Kenneth Prewitt – Carnegie Professor of Public Affairs and the Vice-President for Global Centers at Columbia University. Professional career also includes: Director of the United States Census Bureau, Director of the National Opinion Research Center, President of the Social Science Research Council, and Senior Vice President of the Rockefeller Foundation.
James Allen Smith – Vice-President and Director of Research and Education at the Rockefeller Archive Center – and Chair of the Robert Sterling Clark Foundation board. Previously, he served as the Waldemar A. Nielsen Professor of Philanthropy at Georgetown University, senior advisor at the J. Paul Getty Trust, and executive director of the Howard Gilman Foundation.
Joan Spero – Former president of the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation and currently the Senior Research Scholar at the School of International and Public Affairs at Columbia University. Ms. Spero was also a Visiting Fellow at the Foundation Center 2009-2010.
About the Book
American Foundations: Roles and Contributions features insights from more than two dozen scholars on the impact of foundation activities in eight distinct fields: K-12 education, university-based research, health, arts and culture, religion, social welfare, social movements, and international affairs. Edited by Helmut Anheier and David Hammack, the book takes a critical look at the historical impact of U.S. foundations and how their roles have changed over time.
When & Where
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