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.

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 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.