To build and sustain a vibrant American philanthropic 
movement that strengthens our free society.


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Letter to the Editor
"Plan to Regulate Foundations and DAFs Opens Door to Burdensome Government Intrusion"

Philanthropy Roundtable President and CEO Elise Westhoff and Chairman Richard Graber wrote a letter to the editor for The Chronicle of Philanthropy in response to a recent attack on philanthropic freedom. 
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Nominate a philanthropist for the 2021 Simon-DeVos Prize – $200,000 will be awarded to the winner’s charity of choice.

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2021 Annual Meeting 
Join us in Colorado Springs, Colorado October 13-15

Reserve your spot on April 8!



Protecting Our Individual Rights: What Should the Supreme Court Weigh In On? 
April 8 at 2 p.m. ET

The Institute for Justice and the  Pacific Legal Foundation are two of America’s leading public interest litigation firms willing to take on the government on behalf of citizens whose rights have been violated. Similar but different, these two groups are fighting to preserve liberty and opportunity for Americans. Join us on Thursday, April 8 at 2 p.m. when we hear from them about the compelling legal cases they have asked the Supreme Court to take on, and why those cases contain essential questions for every American. We will also hear how PLF’s arguments on behalf of the Cedar Point Nursery were received by our Highest Court—those will be held on March 22. 

Steven Anderson, president and CEO of Pacific Legal Foundation;  Scott Bullock, president and general counsel of the Institute for Justice; Debi Ghate, vice president of strategy and programs at The Philanthropy Roundtable.
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Let’s Get Technical: Education that Puts America to Work
April 28 at 2 p.m. ET

The conversation around the role in education for preparing students for the workforce has broadened over the years to include new, creative, and most importantly, effective options. Technical and trade education have demonstrated success when it comes to changing the trajectory of students from challenged communities for whom traditional college is not the right option. Join us to learn about three very different approaches to technical and trade skills education. We will hear from the president of a very unique college in Pennsylvania where employers compete to hire their graduates, get a glimpse into the encouraging results from a public high school program in Connecticut leading to both higher earnings and higher test scores, and see how a foundation is supporting a skilled trades education through prizes and other innovative means. Our panelists are people committed to the success of the next generation—and meeting our workforce needs.

Shaun Dougherty, associate professor of public policy and education at Vanderbilt University;  Robin Kramer, managing director of The Smidt Foundation;  Michael Rounds, president of Williamson College of the Trades; Debi Ghate, vice president of strategy and programs at the Philanthropy Roundtable.
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At the Roundtable

Can We Talk About It? 
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Interview with Mike Gonzalez
Around the '60s and '70s, conversations around civil rights and racial equity began to shift from a focus on color blindness and equality of opportunity to color consciousness and equality of results. In this episode, Debi Ghate is joined by Heritage Foundation Senior Fellow  Mike Gonzalez as they explore the historical development of critical race theory and race-conscious policies. They also discuss the role philanthropy has played in it, identity politics and his new book, The Plot to Change America.

Up next: Interview with Heritage Foundation Senior Fellow  Mike Gonzalez.

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Programs Update
The Philanthropy Roundtable is excited to introduce our expanded Programs team:

  • In addition to her existing responsibilities at the Roundtable,  Debi Ghate has assumed the role of vice president of strategy and programs
  • Micah Sagebiel will serve as senior director of programs and will oversee the day-to-day operations of our organization’s growing Programs team.
  • Clarice Smith will join us as program director and will help maintain up-to-date and accurate information about the ever-changing landscape of nonprofits.
  • Daniel Turner has joined us as a program associate, providing critical research and support for programming.

Be on the lookout for more information on new additions to our Programs team. If you have any prospective candidates interested in applying for program officer or associate roles with us, please encourage them to apply. Thank you for helping to make this growth and all the work we do possible.

We're hiring!

The Philanthropy Roundtable is currently seeking highly skilled individuals for the following position:

  • Program Director/Program Officer to support a robust movement of donors who share our principles and want to invest their philanthropy in strengthening a free society. View the full job description here
  • Digital Marketing Coordinator to support the marketing team’s digital efforts, including electronic and digital communications. View the full job description here

On Demand

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Reducing Polarization: What Is Philanthropy’s Role?

On March 31, the Philanthropy Roundtable hosted the founders of three philanthropically supported groups (StoryCorps, Heterodox Academy, and Braver Angels) with distinct approaches to reducing polarization in a conversation moderated by Roundtable Executive Senior Fellow Howard Husock.
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Public Appearances


Effective Philanthropy Learning Initiative - Stanford PACS Education for
Philanthropy Professionals - Stanford PACS

Joanne Florino will co-teach a class with Carol Larson, former CEO of the Packard Foundation at Stanford PACS. The program is "Education for Philanthropy Professionals," and the topic is "Strategies for Engaging Families and Managing Family Dynamics."
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"Anonymous Gifts Powered the Fight for the Women’s Vote" by Patrice Onwuka
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"Defeating the Chinese Communist Party: What Role for Philanthropists?" by Tim Morrison
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"Loudoun County Parents at War Over Critical Race Theory in Curriculum" by Debi Ghate
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"Ask the Experts: What’s Important to Know About K-12 Education Today in the States?" by Debi Ghate
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"Is Objective Math a Form of “White Supremacy?" by Debi Ghate
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News & Opinion

"Pooled Philanthropy: Conservative donors are catching on to the benefits of coordinating their generosity."  by  City Journal
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"How Food Banks Succeeded and What They Need Now" by The New York Times
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"Visitor Figures 2020: top 100 art museums revealed as attendance drops by 77% worldwide" by The Art Newspaper
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Did you know?

"The Philanthropy Roundtable is unapologetic in defending the right of donors from all walks of life to participate in charitable giving—for the benefit of America."

Source:  Elise Westhoff and Richard Graber, Letter to the Editor, The Chronicle of Philanthropy