How can a clear but simple understanding of philanthropic giving lead donors to make more effective grants? By articulating and refining five simple yet powerful approaches to shape their giving, donors can undertake more strategic philanthropy, according to Peter D. Frumkin, a professor of public affairs and director of the RGK Center for Philanthropy and Community Service at the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs at the University of Texas at Austin.

The Philanthropy Forum in the University of Pittsburgh’s Graduate School of Public Affairs (GSPIA) will present a lecture by philanthropist Sally Osberg, president and CEO of the Skoll Foundation, a nonprofit organization that seeks to connect social entrepreneurs and innovators in an effort to solve problems around the world. Osberg will present a lecture titled “Partners and Possibilities: Our Journey With Social Entrepreneurs” at 2 p.m. April 5 in the Assembly Room at the William Pitt Union, 3959 Fifth Ave., Oakland.

Bill Drayton, founder and CEO of Ashoka—which describes itself as the global association of the world’s leading social entrepreneurs—has been selected to receive the University of Pittsburgh’s 2012 Johnson Institute Exemplary Leader Award. Upon receiving the award on April 12, Drayton will deliver a lecture titled “How to Lead in a Rapidly Changing World” at 3:30 p.m. in Levy Hall of Rodef Shalom Temple, 4905 Fifth Ave., Oakland.

By Melody Joachim

Emmett Carson, Ph.D., President and CEO of the Silicon Valley Community Foundation, recently presented the Philanthropy Forum lecture: “The Future of Philanthropy in Uncertain Times.” During the lecture, he addressed the current challenges facing the field of philanthropy. He focused on the question of philanthropy’s “social contract,” or moral obligation, to the organizations and communities it financially supports.

By Aurora Matthews
On Thurs. March 15, Andrew Natsios, former director of the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), discussed the past and future of U.S. foreign aid, and the role of development in an uncertain world. Natsios’ lecture was presented by the Professor Saul M. Katz Internal Lectureship on Economic and Social Development.

Senior Lecturer Kathy Buechel recently participated in an interview for the Pittsburgh Magazine article, “The Give Guide: Learn how to live and give your best to charities, non-profits and more.” Read article.

Fifteen years ago, Darell Hammond started KaBOOM! with a vision for “a place to play within walking distance of every child in America.” Today, KaBOOM! has helped build over 2,000 playgrounds across America, mobilizing community members, corporations and politicians in “the movement to save play.”

The Johnson Institute for Responsible Leadership, in collaboration with the Institute for Social Innovation (Carnegie Mellon University), will present Darell Hammond, CEO of KaBOOM! in conversation with John Fetterman, Mayor of Braddock, at 3:30 p.m. Oct. 14 in the Schenley Ballroom, Holiday Inn University Center.

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