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Celebrating 50 Years of Service to the Field

A lot has changed in the world since our founding in 1956. Our mission of advancing knowledge about philanthropy has remained a constant, but our ability to adapt and respond in a dynamic environment has ensured our continued success in leading the way toward a stronger, more vital nonprofit sector. Please join us as we celebrate our first 50 years and look ahead to building for philanthropy's future.

Symposium on the Future of Philanthropy:
A Conversation with Five Leaders in the Field


A Symposium on the Future of PhilanthropyAs part of our 50th anniversary celebration on November 9th at the Smithsonian's National Museum of the American Indian in New York, we convened "A Symposium on the Future of Philanthropy: A Conversation with Five Leaders in the Field." The participants, all emeritus trustees of the Foundation Center, were Steven A. Minter (moderator), executive in residence, Cleveland State University; Barry D. Gaberman, former senior vice president, Ford Foundation; Douglas W. Nelson, president, Annie E. Casey Foundation; Douglas X. Patińo, trustee, C.S. Mott Foundation; and Julie L. Rogers, president, Eugene and Agnes E. Meyer Foundation.


Foundation Center Day Proclaimed in
New York City


In honor of the Center’s 50th anniversary, Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg has proclaimed November 9, 2006, “Foundation Center Day” in the City of New York.

Timeline of Our 50-Year History


Social, political, and economic developments in the U.S. and around the world have shaped the evolution of philanthropy and the Foundation Center. Join us on an interactive journey that celebrates the Center's milestones—and those in philanthropy—over the past 50 years.

Special Events

All of our five regional offices—in New York, Atlanta, Cleveland, San Francisco, and Washington, DC—presented a series of special programs throughout the year.

Philanthropy in the 21st Century
The Foundation Center's 50th Anniversary Interviews


Philanthropy in the 21st Century Throughout the Foundation Center’s 50th anniversary year in 2006, Philanthropy News Digest featured a special series of Newsmakers interviews that illuminate both the current state and the future of American philanthropy. The series includes interviews with the 15 leaders in the field listed below. We have now published these interviews in a printed volume, Philanthropy in the 21st Century, available to the public at no cost.


50th Anniversary Interviews


Throughout the Foundation Center’s 50th anniversary year in 2006, Philanthropy News Digest featured a special series of Newsmakers interviews that illuminate both the current state and the future of American philanthropy. The series includes interviews with the 15 leaders in the field listed below.



Thanks to Our 50th Anniversary Sponsors


Contributors
  • Carnegie Corporation of New York

Patrons
Supporters
Regional Supporters
  • The Community Foundation for the National Capital Region

Friends
  • Bemporad Baranowski Marketing Group
  • Cohen & Company
  • Council on Foundations
  • Coxe Curry & Associates
  • The Daphne Seybolt Culpeper Memorial Foundation, Inc.
  • The Gladys Krieble Delmas Foundation
  • Dodge Jones Foundation
  • Fenton Communications
  • The Foundation Roundtable of Santa Barbara
  • Lisa and Douglas Goldman Fund
  • The Greenwall Foundation
  • Independent Sector
  • The Mary Hillman Jennings Foundation
  • Samuel H. Kress Foundation
  • Machlowitz Consultants, Inc.
  • New York Regional Association of Grantmakers
  • Nonprofit Finance Fund
  • Northern California Grantmakers
  • Ohio Grantmakers Forum
  • Palladium Resources, Inc.
  • Raffa
  • Raybin Associates, Inc.
  • Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors
  • San Diego Grantmakers
  • Southeastern Council of Foundations
  • Southern California Grantmakers
  • Andrew Young School of Policy Studies, Georgia State University
  • TCC Group
  • Zellerbach Family Foundation

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