As part of Philanthropy’s forthcoming special issue on global giving, we invited some of America’s leading international donors and development experts to respond to three questions:
- “What have you learned that changed the way you give internationally?”
- “Tell us about a really smart international grant.”
- “What’s an unsung organization doing great work in the field?”
Learn more about the contributors below.
Jean Case is co-founder and CEO of the Case Foundation, which seeks to unite innovation, technology, and entrepreneurship to identify, test, and prove new models for solving social challenges.
Bill Frist served as a U.S. Senator from Tennessee from 1995 to 2007, including four years as Senate Majority Leader. A surgeon, he is chairman of Hope through Healing Hands, a board member of the Clinton Bush Haiti Fund, and a former board member of the Millennium Challenge Corporation.
Russ Hall is co-founder and managing director of Legacy Venture, a venture capital fund of funds whose members dedicate all returns to philanthropy. He previously worked at Silicon Valley technology start-ups and venture capital firms.
Steven M. Hilton is president and CEO of the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation, which gives more than half of its grants each year internationally.
Steven J. McCormick is president of the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation, which seeks to advance environmental conservation and scientific research around the world, as well as improve the quality of life in the San Francisco Bay area.
Lynn Schusterman is founder and chair of the Charles and Lynn Schusterman Foundation in Tulsa, Oklahoma, and Washington, D.C. She has been involved in Jewish communal and philanthropic affairs for more than 40 years, both in the U.S. and overseas.
Edward W. Scott Jr. co-founded BEA Systems, a computer software company, after serving as an Assistant Secretary of Transportation and Deputy Assistant Attorney General. He is founder and chairman of the Center for Interfaith Action on Global Poverty and the Center for Global Development.
Fred Smith is president of the Gathering, an international association of individuals, families, and foundations giving to Christian ministries.
Maureen Smyth is senior vice president for programs and communications at the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation.
Jeffrey Solomon is president of the Andrea and Charles Bronfman Philanthropies and co-author, with Charles Bronfman, of The Art of Giving and the forthcoming The Art of Doing Good.
Tad Taube is founder and chairman of the Taube Philanthropies, which support the concepts and principles of a free, democratic society and programs that support Jewish heritage, survival, and cultural celebration. He is also president of the Koret Foundation.
James Tooley is a professor at the University of Newcastle upon Tyne and former president for education at Orient Global. He is the author of The Beautiful Tree: A Personal Journey into How the World’s Poorest People Are Educating Themselves.
David Weekley is founder and chairman of David Weekley Homes in Houston and president of the David Weekley Family Foundation.