Civil Conversations in Uncivil Times
Board members, staff, advisors, and donors in family philanthropy.
Society is becoming increasingly divisive. What roles can family foundations play in finding ways to support meaningful dialogue across “party lines” within their community? Is this role appropriate for family foundations? What are the biggest mistakes that funders make when trying to provide a forum for these types of conversations? Join NCFP as we discuss these and other questions about how to support bettering society and communities.
- The Civic Engagement Primer: http://www.pacefunders.org/primer/
- Jewish Philanthropists Promote Civil Discourse in New Ad Campaign: https://www.jta.org/1999/11/03/archive/jewish-philanthropists-promote-civil-discourse-in-new-ad-campaign
Anita Brown-Graham rejoined the School of Government in September 2016 to lead ncIMPACT—the public launch of a special initiative that seeks to expand the School’s capacity to work with public officials on policy issues that affect North Carolina communities. Through ncIMPACT she helps local governments use data to address complex challenges. Brown-Graham’s first tour as a faculty member was from 1994–2006, when she covered the areas of civil liability and community and economic development aimed at revitalizing communities. In 2007 Brown-Graham became the director of the Institute for Emerging Issues (IEI) at North Carolina State University. There, she led IEI’s work to build North Carolina’s capacity for economic development and prosperity. Each year, she and her colleagues at IEI worked with leaders across North Carolina in business, government, and higher education to focus on issues important to North Carolina’s future. Brown-Graham began her career as a law clerk to the Honorable William B. Shubb in the Eastern District of California and as business litigation counsel in a Sacramento, California law firm. She is a William C. Friday Fellow, American Marshall Fellow, and Eisenhower Fellow. In 2013, the White House named her a Champion of Change for her work at IEI, and the Triangle Business Journal named her a 2014 Woman in Business for her policy leadership in the state. She also currently serves on the boards of several organizations. Brown-Graham earned an undergraduate degree from Louisiana State University and a law degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Sandy Cardin serves as president of the Charles and Lynn Schusterman Philanthropic Network (CLSPN), a team of professionals who share responsibility for planning and implementing a full range of activities to advance the philanthropic mission and vision of the Schusterman family. The CLSPN includes the Charles and Lynn Schusterman Family Foundation (CLSFF), Schusterman Foundation-Israel (SFI), ROI Community (ROI) and REALITY. Drawing upon more than 20 years of professional experience in the nonprofit sector, Sandy is a frequent presenter and panelist in global forums on topics related to catalytic grantmaking, innovative program-building, Jewish identity, young adult engagement, Israel and more.
Jon Gruber leads the Campus and Community portfolios at the Einhorn Family Charitable Trust (EFCT), which invests nationally in research-backed nonprofits that advance EFCT’s mission of helping people get along better. Jon also leads a new fund through which EFCT made targeted grants to efforts designed to decrease polarization and foster understanding across divides at the citizen level. Before joining EFCT, Jon was a Principal at the management consulting firm Booz & Company, advising clients across sectors on strategy and organizational performance, and also worked as a consultant at Katzenbach Partners. He started his career teaching politics and history at the Stowe School in England and serving as Director of Education at The Jewish Foundation for the Righteous. Jon and his wife Lara live in Brooklyn with their son Ethan.
Courtney Pullen is the President of the Pullen Consulting Group. He has more than 20 years of experience as an innovative leader in family wealth consulting. Courtney specializes in working with affluent families by tackling the complexity of wealth. He brings forth his training as a psychotherapist, business and organizational consultant and pioneer of wealth psychology and blends these modalities into a powerful model to support the family business or the family enterprise. He recently published, Intentional Wealth: How Families Build Legacies of Stewardship and Financial Health.
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