Saturday, March 13, 2010

Women and Philanthropy: The Time is Now

I was honored to take part in the course sponsored on by the Women's Philanthropy Institute at the Center on Philanthropy at Indiana University and the New York Times Knowledge Network last week.  It was an incredible journey from the earliest beginnings of women's philanthropy to the present and featured scores of interviews with women philanthropists and practitioners.

Some of the featured speakers were Jennifer Buffett, Jacki Zehner, Ellen Remmer, Barbara Dopkin, Sara Gould, Deborah Tannen and so many, many others who shared their wisdom as well as their doubts, their theories and their practices, but most of all, their joy of philanthropy.

I urge all of you to consider signing up for the course online by contacting Andrea Pactor at the Women's Philanthropy Institute.  It is by far the most comprehensive treatment of this incredible subject and well worth the small amount of money it costs.  Not only are there videos of speakers being interviewed by Lisa Witter, but a thorough syllabus and online activities as well.  Congratulations to all involved, especially Debra Mesch, Executive Director of the Women's Philanthropy Institute and Associate Director, Andrea Pactor.  It's a "Wow!"

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