Philanthropy Innovation Summit

Virtual Learning Series 2021

The Philanthropy Innovation Summit is a biennial event that convenes individual and family philanthropists to discuss strategic and high impact giving. As we grapple with a global pandemic, economic depression, long overdue racial reckoning and challenges to our democratic systems, philanthropy is more critical than ever for the nonprofit sector and communities we intend to serve. Many philanthropists in the Summit community have already pivoted their grantmaking strategy, doubled down on their efforts, and are actively questioning how we can move forward to build a more equitable and resilient world. 

This year, we will be launching the Philanthropy Innovation Summit 2021: Virtual Learning Series to connect philanthropists to one another to explore learning and giving opportunities together. The series of virtual events will be a combination of both high-level speakers providing valuable insights and solutions to current challenges, as well as engaging small group sessions where participants will meet and share ideas with their peers. To be mindful of online fatigue, we will format these meetings in shorter and interactive segments, equipping participants with tools and resources to take their next steps in philanthropy. 

We will have three virtual Salons on February 24, May 26, and July 1 (tentative), that are topically focused and limited capacity to offer substantive discussion, and the whole community is invited to come together for a virtual Philanthropy Innovation Summit on October 6. The half-day virtual Summit will feature main-stage speakers, small group sessions to share ideas, opportunities to network, and as we have in the past offer practical tools to support your giving.


This event is by invitation only.  Registration link will be emailed to you.

Salon 3 Speakers

Reid Hoffman, Co-Founder, LinkedIn and Partner, Greylock 

Nate Persily, Professor of Law, Stanford Law School and Codirector, Program on Democracy and Internet at Stanford PACS

Rachel Pritzker, President and Founder, Pritzker Innovation Fund and Co-founder, Patriots & Pragmatists

Rob Reich, Marc and Laura Andreessen Faculty Codirector, Stanford PACS

Salon 2 Speakers

Laura Arnold, Co-Chair, Arnold Ventures; Advisory Board Member, Stanford PACS

Liz Simons, Chair, Heising-Simons Foundation; Advisory Board Member, Stanford PACS

Caitlin Heising, Vice Chair, Heising‐Simons Foundation

DeAnna Hoskins, President and CEO , JustLeadershipUSA (JLUSA)

Robert Rooks,  CEO, REFORM Alliance 

Danielle Sered, Executive Director, Common Justice

Though the Philanthropy Innovation Summit is a unique community and gathering for exclusively philanthropists, we have invited some experts to speak on this topic to share their lived experiences and perspectives from the impacted community.

Salon 1 Speakers

Lucy Bernholz, Director, Digital Civil Society Lab at Stanford PACS; Senior Research Scholar, Stanford PACS

Farhad Ebrahimi, Founder and President, Chorus Foundation

Dr. Camara Phyllis Jones, Physician, Epidemiologist, and Anti-racism Activist

Justin Steele, Director,


Philanthropy Innovation Summit Virtual Learning Series

Salon 1

Centering Equity and Committing to Racial Justice in Your Portfolio

February 24, 2021  at 11am PT

Salon 2

Criminal Justice Reform: Opportunities for Impact

May 26, 2021 at 11am PT

Salon 3

How Can Philanthropy Help Rehabilitate US Democracy

July 1, 2021 at 11am PT

Philanthropy Innovation Summit

October 6, 2021

Summit Leadership

Summit Chair

Laura Arrillaga-Andreessen

Event Faculty Advisor

Rob Reich

Marc and Laura Andreessen Faculty Co-Directors

Woody Powell, Rob Reich, and Robb Willer

Executive Director

Carla Eckhardt

Host Committee Co-Chairs

Ted Janus, Carter McClelland, and Stephanie McClelland