Maggie Morth
Communications Manager
The Foundation Center
(212) 807-2415


New York, NY -- April 25, 2007. The Foundation Center's 50th Anniversary "Symposium on the Future of Philanthropy" is now available in video format at the Center's web site. The symposium -- part of the Center's anniversary celebration on November 9, 2006, at the Smithsonian's National Museum of the American Indian in New York -- provided a forum for a free-ranging discussion of key issues that will have an impact on the future of philanthropy. View the video or download the transcript.

Five leaders in the philanthropic sector -- all emeritus trustees of the Foundation Center -- participated in the panel discussion. Steven A. Minter, executive in residence at Cleveland State University, moderated the discussion among the other participants: Barry D. Gaberman, former senior vice president, Ford Foundation; Douglas W. Nelson, president, the Annie E. Casey Foundation; Douglas X. Pati´┐Żo, trustee, C.S. Mott Foundation; and Julie L. Rogers, president, the Eugene and Agnes E. Meyer Foundation.

The speakers brought their depth of experience and diverse perspectives to the question of what forces are likely to shape philanthropy over the next 10 to 20 years. Incisive questions and comments from the audience of 140 people focused on such topics as the growth of foundations and new funding models, private/nonprofit partnerships, the effect of globalization on U.S. philanthropy, and educating the public about philanthropy.

About the Foundation Center
Established in 1956, and today supported by more than 600 foundations, the Foundation Center is the nation's leading authority on philanthropy, connecting nonprofits and the grantmakers supporting them to tools they can use and information they can trust. The Center maintains the most comprehensive database on U.S. grantmakers and their grants -- a robust, accessible knowledge bank for the sector. It also operates research, education, and training programs designed to advance philanthropy at every level. The Center's web site receives more than 47,000 visits each day, and thousands of people gain access to free resources in its five regional library/learning centers and its national network of more than 300 Cooperating Collections. For more information, please visit or call 212-620-4230.

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