Jeffrey Solomon on The Art of Doing Good

Jeffrey Solomon on The Art of Doing Good

Wednesday, November 14, 2012
Doors Open at 5:00pm. Program 5:30pm to 7:00pm. Location: Levinthal Hall in the Humanities Center (424 Santa Teresa St)

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Event Sponsors: Stanford PACS, Stanford's Taube Center for Jewish Studies, and the Concentration in Education and Jewish Studies.

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Join Jeffrey Solomon for a conversation about his book, “The Art of Doing Good.” Jeffrey will be joined on-stage for an “armchair interview” with Alexa Culwell, Stanford PACS Visiting Practitioner, and Jenny Shilling Stein, co-founder of the Draper Richards Kaplan Foundation. The program will be moderated by Kim Meredith, Executive Director Stanford Center on Philanthropy and Civil Society (Stanford PACS).

For anyone setting out to change the world, launching a nonprofit venture can be a powerful way to enact change. Whether bringing donated eyeglasses to children who have never seen clearly or revamping inner city schools, the act of doing good can be life-changing.

Yet starting a nonprofit and running it well can also pose challenges.

In The Art of Doing Good: Where Passion Meets Action, world-renowned philanthropist, Charles Bronfman and nonprofit expert, Jeffrey Solomon, share real-world insights and provide a roadmap for aspiring social entrepreneurs. They draw on their own leadership roles in the nonprofit world, as well as interviews with 18 of today's most remarkable social innovators.

Many of the social entrepreneurs they profile are famous like Michael Brown of City Year, Darrell Hammondof KaBOOM!, and Geoffrey Canada of Harlem's Children's Zone. Others are less-well known, like Rebecca Onie, who was just a college sophomore when she launched a volunteer-driven project, Health Leads, to keep children healthy by providing neglected services, and Jordan Kassalow, who built "LensCrafters for the poor" by sourcing eyeglasses from China and distributing them through a network of “vision entrepreneurs” to developing countries at reasonable prices.

Filled with insightful examples and stories, The Art of Doing Good shows any aspiring social entrepreneur how to learn from such successes and undertake her own social change journey.

Jeffrey Solomon, president of the Andrea and Charles Bronfman Philanthropies, has taught philanthropy at New York University and has served on numerous nonprofit boards, including the Council on Foundations. Solomon has been chief operating officer of the United Jewish Appeal Federation in New York, and he is a founding trustee of the World Faiths Development Dialogue.  With Charles Bronfman, he is coauthor of The Art of Giving (2009).

This event is presented in conjunction with the Taube Center for Jewish Studies and is cosponsored by the Stanford Humanities Center