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


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“People-focused Philanthropy is on the Way Out. A Philanthropy that Divides is Taking Over."
Op-ed for USA Today by Elise Westhoff

“Philanthropists are free to fund whatever causes they like — freedom demands it. But it seems to me that this new approach undermines the unique and important role that civil society plays in America.” Read more and share on Twitter!

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Registration is open! 
Join us September 12-14 in San Antonio, Texas, for the  National Forum on K-12 Philanthropy!

Earning a Living the Gig Economy Way: Threats and Opportunities 
May 5 at 2 p.m. ET

Uber, Instacart, Task Rabbit. These and other freelance platforms have created a robust gig economy allowing people to provide for their families while benefiting from flexible schedules.
In a conversation with  Iain Murray (Competitive Enterprise Institute),  Patrick Tuohey (Better Cities Project),  Jonathan Wolfson (Cicero Institute) and Debi Ghate (Philanthropy Roundtable), this webinar will highlight why the gig economy is thriving, the latest threats to its existence and the potentially devastating impacts in curtailing it.

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What About The Kids? Advances In Protecting the Rights of Children
June 10 at 2 p.m. ET

Children are precious and deserve fierce protection. Yet our existing child welfare and juvenile justice systems are failing to protect our country’s most vulnerable. Join the experts fighting on the front lines for the rights of children in a conversation moderated by the Roundtable’s Debi Ghate:  Frank Cervone (Support Center for Child Advocates),  Jake Horowitz (Public Safety Performance Project) and  Tim Keller (Gen Justice).

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Can We Talk About It? 
New Show Releases Every Wednesday!

Interview with Darcy Olsen, Founder and CEO at Gen Justice

Having taken in 10 foster children and adopted four, CEO and founder of Gen Justice Darcy Olsen is intimately aware of the grim reality of the foster care system. In this week’s episode she joins Debi Ghate to talk about both the joys and heartbreak of fostering – and the work she does with Gen Justice to ensure the legal protection and to protect the rights of the approximately 400,000 children in foster care.

Up next: Carrie Ann Donnell, founder and president of American Juris Link

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On Demand

Let’s Get Technical: Education that Puts America to Work

Last week,  Shaun Dougherty (Vanderbilt University),  Danny Corwin (The Smidt Foundation),  Michael Rounds (Williamson College of the Trades) and Micah Sagebiel (Philanthropy Roundtable) shared three unique educational approaches to creating success for the next generation.  Watch now.

Public Appearances


Briefing: Latest in Civic Education Policy
Wednesday, May 19, 2021, at 2 p.m. ET
Over the last few months, there has been a tremendous amount of energy around civic education policy. Join PACE, Grantmakers for Education and the Philanthropy Roundtable's Debi Ghate for a briefing of the major policy efforts at the federal and state levels and a dialogue about what that means moving forward. The event will also feature iCivics Senior Policy Director  Shawn Healy (formerly with the Robert R. McCormick Foundation). 
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2021 Annual Meeting
Reserve your spot today for the Philanthropy Roundtable’s 30th Annual Meeting in Colorado Springs, Colorado, October 13-15!

“Five Takeaways: Supreme Court Hears Donor Privacy Case AFPF v. Bonta”
Summary of last week’s oral arguments by Elizabeth McGuigan
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“Shaq’s 'Give Local' Strategy is a Slam Dunk” by Patrice Onwuka
Read here.

“California vs. Charitable Giving” by Howard Husock
Read here.

News & Opinion


"The 4,978 Schools That Changed America" by The Wall Street Journal
Read here.

“The Charitable Advantage of Donor-Advised Funds” by Lawson Bader
Read here.

Thank You to Our Military
May is National Military Appreciation Month. The Roundtable staff extend our gratitude to servicemembers, veterans and their families for the enormous sacrifices made for the freedoms we all enjoy. 

"Independence Project Update: A Conversation with Hire Heroes USA's Ross Dickman and Roundtable's Debi Ghate"
Watch here

"Innovation in Crisis: How Telehealth Led to Better Care for Veterans During the Pandemic" by Daniel Turner
Read here.

May is Mental Health Awareness Month

Philanthropy plays an important role in mental health’s evolving landscape. Last summer, our team hosted a webinar on the effects of the pandemic on pediatric mental health. Watch  now.

Did you know?

"The state of California wants to require all nonprofits to report the names of their major donors not just to the IRS, but to the state government. This could have significant implications that would reduce charitable giving overall... and potentially put private citizens at risk of harassment or worse."

Source:  Philanthropy Roundtable