Learning Series: Conversations About Giving

The Giving Pledge community values the opportunity to learn about different types of philanthropy, the causes that drive philanthropists today, and how philanthropy can be used to create change. Throughout the year, pledgers host learning sessions featuring outside experts for the Giving Pledge community, family, and key staff. These videos are a window into these conversations.

Educational Impact at Scale:

Taking a Systems Approach

April 10, 2019 | Hosted by Liz Simons, Jim & Marilyn Simons, and Herb Sandler, this session discussed creating, scaling, and sustaining educational systems that provide high-quality learning for all students, exploring why going to scale is difficult, and what can be done to leverage more widespread improvement. The session reviewed work being done in the areas of early childhood education, great teaching and school finance and leverage points where philanthropy can engage to support systemic solutions.

Saving the Nation from Healthcare:

How Integrative Health and Whole System Approaches Can Improve Outcomes, Lower Costs and Foster Health Equity

February 6, 2019 | Hosted by Henry and Susan Samueli, this session featured conversations on the “what” and the “how” of integrative health, its impact on the healthcare system, and the role of philanthropy to accelerate and spread new models throughout the U.S. and beyond.

Promoting Economic Mobility:

A Dialog in Tulsa about Place-Based Initiatives

November 15, 2018 | Hosted by George Kaiser and the George Kaiser Family Foundation (GKFF), this session featured a series of conversations about the development of a comprehensive portfolio of strategies to tackle issues of economic and social mobility for the city’s most vulnerable children and their families. Highlighted strategies addressed a range of issues including early child development, incarceration, diversity and inclusion, and social justice.

Climate and Clean Energy:

The Role of Philanthropy in Powering Our Future

September 12, 2018 | Co-hosted by Chris Hohn, Nat Simons and Laura Baxter-Simons, this session explored a variety of approaches for philanthropists to engage on climate change, including overlap with other philanthropic areas such as: clean energy, oceans, health & air quality, food, and forests.

Exploring Our Oceans:

The Science and Stories Beneath the Surface

April 5, 2018 | Hosted by Ray Dalio in connection with OceanX, an Initiative of Dalio Philanthropies. This session provided a forum for philanthropists, filmmakers, and scientists to exchange ideas on ocean exploration and public awareness.

Renewing Our Commitment to a Healthy Democracy:

The Role of Philanthropy

December 6, 2017 | Hosted by Pierre Omidyar and Democracy Fund, this session provided a forum to discuss high-impact strategies to strengthen America’s democracy. Academics and advocates covered issues ranging from a robust free press to modern elections, and from inclusive communities to a well-functioning governmental system of checks and balances.

Catalyzing Education Innovation Through Philanthropy

October 11, 2017 | Hosted by Ann & John Doerr and Priscilla Chan & Mark Zuckerberg, this session highlighted some of the boldest ideas for reimagining education. Attendees heard from educators about the key opportunity areas in education, various approaches to systemic change, and the role philanthropy can play.

Justice for All:

Criminal Justice Reform’s Next Chapter

March 28, 2017 | Hosted in New York City by the Laura and John Arnold Foundation. This session explored how issues within the American criminal justice system – tensions between law enforcement and the communities they serve; the over-incarceration of poor, low-risk, and minority defendants; and court fines and fees that trap defendants in a perpetual cycle of debt and punishment – prevent the fair administration of justice, strain public resources, and undermine Americans’ faith in the system. Attendees heard from policymakers, law enforcement, practitioners, advocates and researchers who are spearheading reform efforts, and they discussed the role that philanthropy can play.

Patriotic Philanthropy:

The Power of Preserving and Advancing the Knowledge of Our History and Heritage

November 28, 2016 | Hosted in Washington, D.C. by David M. Rubenstein. This session explored “Patriotic Philanthropy,” a type of giving aimed at providing ongoing education for Americans about their history and heritage to help them become better-informed citizens. Through a series of panel discussions with leaders of national culture and heritage institutions, attendees gained insights into the unique role such institutions play in preserving and enhancing America’s history, heritage and culture.

Impact Investing:

Aligning Capital with Values

February 1, 2016 | Co-hosted in San Francisco by the Omidyar Network, the Case Foundation, the Laura and John Arnold Foundation, and the Milken Institute. Attendees learned how values-led investments can simultaneously create positive social and financial returns.

Impact Investing:

Scaling Change (1 of 2)

January 10, 2013 | Hosted in Silicon Valley by Pierre Omidyar and the Omidyar Network. This interactive workshop focused on best practices and lessons learned for impact investing. Pierre Omidyar reflected on how he applies principles from his experience in the private sector – scale, capital efficiency, and sustainability – to his philanthropic approach.

Impact Investing:

Scaling Change (2 of 2)

January 10, 2013 | Hosted in Silicon Valley by Pierre Omidyar and the Omidyar Network. This interactive workshop focused on best practices and lessons learned for impact investing. Steve Case explained how capital systems can be leveraged for philanthropic impact, highlighting that impact investing offers a wide range of returns bridging between charitable giving and commercial investing.