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Civil Discourse? Progressive vs. Conservative Philanthropy

Wednesday, January 30, 2013
8:45am PST
This program is available through an online livestream broadcast.
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The fiscal cliff debate was a clear example of the country's deep political divides on a range of civic and budgetary issues. While it highlighted divisions within the philanthropic sector over the charitable deduction, the ultimate passage of the American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012 (H.R. 8) demonstrates there is potential to find common ground.

The charitable deduction and tax reform are one of many debated issues and approaches related to philanthropy. Trustee compensation, donor intent and whether tax exempt foundation dollars should be completely private are all hotly contested.

You are invited to participate in a conversation with two nationally recognized grantmaking professionals--Aaron Dorfman, executive director of the National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy, and William A. Schambra, director of the Hudson Institute’s Bradley Center for Philanthropy and Civic Renewal--who will address these and other topics from very different ideological perspectives.

This is program will take place in San Diego, CA. You are invited to participate through an online livestream broadcast.

We encourage you to tweet us @socalgrantmaker during the program, using the hashtag #civildiscourse.


Aaron Dorfman
Executive Director, National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy
Aaron Dorfman is executive director of the National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy (NCRP), a research and advocacy organization based in Washington, D.C. NCRP works to ensure America's grantmakers are responsive to the needs of those with the least wealth, opportunity and power. Before joining NCRP in 2007, Dorfman served for 15 years as a community organizer with two national organizing networks, spearheading grassroots campaigns to improve public education, expand public transportation for low-income residents and improve access to affordable housing. He frequently speaks and writes about the importance of diversity in philanthropy, the benefits of foundation funding for advocacy and community organizing, and the need for greater accountability and transparency in the philanthropic sector.

William A. Schambra
Director, Bradley Center for Philanthropy and Civic Renewal, Hudson Institute
William A. Schambra is the director of the Hudson Institute's Bradley Center for Philanthropy and Civic Renewal. Prior to joining the Hudson Institute in 2003, Schambra was director of programs at the Bradley Foundation in Milwaukee. Before joining Bradley in 1992, he served as a senior advisor and chief speechwriter for Attorney General Edwin Meese III, Director of the Office of Personnel Management Constance Horner and Secretary of Health and Human Services Louis Sullivan. Schambra was also director of Social Policy Programs for the American Enterprise Institute and co-director of AEI's "A Decade of Study of the Constitution." From 1984 to 1990 he served as a member of the National Historical Publications and Records Commission, to which he was appointed by President Reagan. From 2003 to 2006 he served on the board of directors of the Corporation for National and Community Service.

About California Philanthropy
California Philanthropy is a statewide collaboration between Southern California Grantmakers, Northern California Grantmakers and San Diego Grantmakers to work with philanthropy to support the collective efforts and effectiveness of its work.