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International Grantmaking: Challenges and Opportunities in 2016

When: 
Friday, March 11, 2016
9:30am - 12:30pm PST
Where: 
United Way of Greater Los Angeles
1150 S Olive Street, 4th Floor Los Angeles, CA 90015
Fee: 
Members: $0.00
Non-Members: $0.00
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Join SCG for a networking lunch and conversation on international grantmaking opportunities and challenges with Bradford K. Smith, President of the Foundation Center and Theo Sowa, Chief Executive Officer of the African Women’s Development Fund.

Bradford K. Smith is President of the Foundation Center, the leading source of information about philanthropy worldwide.

Before joining Foundation Center, Smith was President of the Oak Foundation in Geneva, Switzerland, a family foundation with grant activities in 41 countries in North America, Europe, Africa, Latin America, and South Asia. With the Ford Foundation, he worked as a representative in Brazil before being promoted to Vice President in the New York headquarters, responsible for the global Peace and Social Justice Program.

Theo Sowa is an independent advisor and consultant, specializing in international social development with an emphasis on children’s rights and protection issues. She is CEO of the African Women’s Development Fund and Chair of the African Grantmakers Network.

Born in Ghana, Sowa's work includes advisory roles to African and other international women and children’s rights leaders, plus policy development and advocacy with a variety of international agencies and organizations. She was Senior Programme Advisor on the UN Study on Children and Armed Conflict (the Machel Report).

We will also discuss the mission and goals of the SCG International Funders Group, as well as potential topics for future convenings. To learn more about the SCG International Funders Group, click here.

Participation is open to current international funders and those interested in international grantmaking.

Speaker Biographies:

Bradford K. Smith
President, Foundation Center

Bradford K. Smith is president of the Foundation Center, the leading source of information about philanthropy worldwide. The Center maintains the most comprehensive database on U.S. and, increasingly, global grantmakers–a robust, accessible knowledge bank for the sector, together with research, education and training programs designed to advance knowledge of philanthropy at every level. Before joining the Foundation Center in 2008, Smith was president of the Oak Foundation in Geneva, Switzerland, a major family foundation with programs and grant activities in 41 countries in North America, Europe, Africa, Latin America, and South Asia. With the Ford Foundation, he worked as representative in Brazil before being promoted to vice president in the New York headquarters, responsible for the global Peace and Social Justice Program, the foundation's largest program area. During his 10-year tenure as vice president, the program provided hundreds of millions of dollars to organizations working on the issues of human rights, international cooperation, governance, and civil society in the U.S. and around the world, while supervising field operations on three continents and overseeing the creation of TrustAfrica. Prior to joining Ford, he directed the Brazil program of the Inter-American Foundation. At the start of his career, he worked for the YMCA of the USA, both in Costa Rica and New York, where he became manager for world development at its Center for International Management Studies. Smith serves on the board of directors of the Tinker Foundation and the advisory board of the United Nations Trust Fund for Human Security. He holds an M.A. in economics from the New School for Social Research in New York and a B.A. in anthropology and ethnomusicology from the University of Michigan.

Theo Sowa
CEO, African Women’s Development Fund and Chair, African Grantmakers Network

Theo Sowa is an independent advisor and consultant, specializing in international social development with a particular emphasis on children’s rights and protection issues. She is currently the CEO of the African Women’s Development Fund. Born in Ghana, she has lived and worked in many countries in Africa, as well as the UK, Europe, and the USA. Her work includes advisory roles to African and other international women and children’s rights activists and leaders, plus policy development and advocacy with a variety of international agencies and organisations. She was Senior Programme Advisor on the UN Study on Children and Armed Conflict (the Machel Report) and led the five year review of the report. Sowa is a board member of various national and international civil society organisations and grant making foundations, including being a trustee of Comic Relief (a multimillion grant making foundation) and Chair of Comic Relief’s International Grants Committee; a member of the African Advisory Board of the Stephen Lewis Foundation; a Patron of Evidence for Development; a member of the UBS Optimus Foundation and a board member of the Graça Machel Trust. She has authored many publications, including being a contributing editor to The Impact of War on Children; a contributing author and co editor of a Harvard Law School/UNICEF Innocenti publication on Children and Transitional Justice; and co author of Groupwork and Intermediate Treatment. Sowa was awarded a CBE in June 2010.


Fees:
No cost to participate

Who May Attend:
Open to SCG members and grantmakers eligible for SCG membership.

Registration:
SCG members: register online. You must log in to your SCG account to register.

Non-members: register online. If you do not yet have an SCG account, please contact us at [email protected].

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