February 23, 2010
by Bradley Center
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Too Close for Comfort? Obama and the Foundations
Tuesday, February 23, 2010 - 12:00 to 2:00 p.m.
Hudson Institute - Betsy and Walter Stern Conference Center
1015 15th Street, NW - Suite 600
Washington, DC 20005
"It is nice to be able to say that you look forward to working with your own government to make the world a better place – independent of it, surely; at times critical of it – but feeling you have a partner, not an adversary. Maybe demonstration projects we fund in philanthropy that actually demonstrate something will no longer be like the proverbial trees that fall in the forest with no one to hear them." So spoke Atlantic Philanthropies president GARA LAMARCHE shortly after President Obama was sworn in, capturing a widespread feeling that the new administration was opening itself in unprecedented ways to partnership and collaboration with philanthropy, and was prepared at last to "scale up" - with federal dollars - innovative foundation approaches to problems in education, welfare, and health. But as Mr. LaMarche’s statement suggests, we look to philanthropy for more than close partnerships with government. We also expect it occasionally to be a critic and adversary. How is that tension likely to play out in the context of the Obama administration? In the first flush of enthusiasm for a closer foundation/government relationship, is there a danger that the two can become too close for comfort?
On Tuesday, February 23, Hudson Institute's Bradley Center hosted Mr. LAMARCHE as well as CHESTER FINN of the Thomas Fordham Foundation, the Chicago Community Trust's TERRY MAZANY, and LEWIS FELDSTEIN of the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation to address these and other questions. Bradley Center Director WILLIAM SCHAMBRA moderated the discussion.
Program and Panel
Welcome by Hudson Institute's WILLIAM SCHAMBRA
GARA LAMARCHE, Atlantic Philanthropies
TERRY MAZANY, Chicago Community Trust
LEWIS FELDSTEIN, New Hampshire Charitable Foundation
CHESTER FINN, Thomas Fordham Foundation
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Hudson Institute's Bradley Center for Philanthropy and Civic Renewal aims to explore the usually unexamined intellectual assumptions underlying the grantmaking practices of America’s foundations and provide practical advice and guidance to grantmakers who seek to support smaller, grassroots institutions in the name of civic renewal.
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