Conversations 224 21Cleveland claims a historic role in the philanthropic sector, as home to the world’s first community foundation and the precursor to the United Way movement.

But how has the landscape of the philanthropic sector changed in the past 100 years? What is its relevance to social change? And what do practitioners bring to philanthropy?

Those were questions addressed at Conversations in Philanthropy, a special series last spring that gathered philanthropic experts from the area’s top foundations and organizations – including several alumni – to share their insights and answer questions from the audience. It was sponsored by the Master of Nonprofit Organizations program with input from the Mandel School Visiting Committee and moderated by Robert L. Fischer, PhD, Director of the MNO Program and Co-Director of the Poverty Center.

Conversations in Philanthropy 2015:

Understanding Philanthropy: What You Need To Know About the Field on February 24, 2015, featured Marcia Egbert, JD, Senior Program Officer at the George Gund Foundation, and John Gest, MBA 2010, Managing Director of the Northern Ohio Office of Philanthropy Ohio (pictured with Dr. Fischer). Watch video >>

From Program Operator of Program Officer: What Practitioners Bring to the World of Philanthropy on March 24, 2015, featured Shilpa Kedar, MNO 2005, Program Director of Economic Development and The Cleveland Foundation, and Christie Manning, MSSA 1997, Senior Program Officer for Resilient Families at St. Luke’s Foundation. Watch video >>

Philanthropy is a Big Tent: Making Philanthropy Part of Your Lifelong Commitment on April 28, 2015, featured Leah Gary, MSN 1985, President and CEO of the William J. and Dorothy K. O’Neill Foundation and Jazmin Long, MSSA/MNO 2015, Welcoming Coordinator at Global Cleveland. Watch video >>

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