Summit Blog

The case for global mental strength

December 7th, 2021 · Spoke Consulting

For many families, friends and colleagues around the world, the Covid-19 pandemic has fundamentally changed the conversation around mental health. Awareness has risen, stigma reduced and expectations, particularly around employee health, are rapidly changing. This in itself is extraordinary progress – a quick and quiet revolution – that is worth...

Reflections from the 2021 Philanthropy Innovation Summit

October 28, 2021 · Laura Arrillaga-Andreessen

“I choose and believe in light and love. I know you do too. But it is not enough just to hope for it. It is not enough to wish for justice. It is not enough to hope that people will do right. If we value it, we must stand for...

Multiplication Factor: University Partnerships for Global Sustainability

September 27, 2021 · Akiko Yamazaki

What will the world look like when our children have their own children? When Jerry and I think about our philanthropy, this is top of mind for us.  This summer, parts of the world were underwater even as others burned. The laws of atmospheric physics explain the increasing frequency and...

20 Years After 9/11: Commemorating History and Building for the Future

August 31, 2021 · Michael R. Bloomberg, Founder, Bloomberg LP & Bloomberg Philanthropies and 108th Mayor of New York City

This month, as we mark 20 years since the attacks of 9/11, I’ll join New Yorkers and people from around the world in listening to the reading of the names at the World Trade Center. The ceremony helps fulfill our obligation to honor the lives of those who were killed...

Power Sharing and Equity

July 27, 2021 · Armando Castellano

Are you listening? How? And to whom? I share these questions as ones I’ve asked myself as both a philanthropist and an artist. I share these questions as the spark that I believe can ignite a shift in philanthropy that will transform our approaches and our impact. This month, I...

How to be a Democracy Funder

June 23, 2021 · Mike Berkowitz and Rachel Pritzker

Democracy is under severe threat in the United States and around the world, but figuring out how to use your financial resources to protect and sustain American democracy is no easy feat. For one thing, the decline of democracy is an incredibly complex challenge with a multitude of domestic and...

Even in Recovery, Hidden Pandemics Loom

May 27, 2021 · Xin Liu, Co-founder and President, Enlight Foundation

As vaccinations are being adopted worldwide, businesses are opening up, and people are rushing out into life again, I, like many others,  can see the light at the end of the tunnel. At this moment, I find myself reflecting and looking ahead to a future beyond the pandemic, one with...

Emerging Opportunities to Solve Climate Change through Sustainable Finance

April 29, 2021 · Mark Heising, Heising-Simons Foundation

Last fall, record-setting fires here in California provided a small glimpse of what climate change has in store for us. Hundreds of thousands evacuated. Smoke darkened skies glowed an eerie orange for days. Health experts recommended staying indoors for weeks to avoid dangerously polluted air; but, of course, not everyone...

Changing Models for a Changing Landscape

February 26, 2021 · Ben Affleck

As we all make our way through what has been an unprecedented year for so many around the world, I am struck by the way my experiences in philanthropy have shaped my understanding of the pandemic, clarified my sense of priorities, and inspired my sense of hope at the road...

Lessons Learned From Funding During 2020

October 21, 2020 · Kathy Kwan

I think we can all agree that 2020 has been a “Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad” year. As an individual funder, there are an infinite number of worthy funding opportunities. During the spring and early summer, I had trouble holding “a north star” as the funding landscape became increasingly volatile. I...