Philanthropy Now podcast: Who Are the New Givers and How Are They Different?

In SVCF's Philanthropy Now podcast series, we explore trends in the world of philanthropy, social impact initiatives in Silicon Valley and beyond, and look at how SVCF promotes innovative philanthropic solutions to challenging problems.

Emmett Carson David Callahan
Emmett Carson
Silicon Valley Community Foundation
David Callahan

In this episode, we hear from SVCF CEO and President Emmett Carson on a panel about the new book, The Givers: Wealth, Power, and Philanthropy in a New Gilded Age.. Alongside David Callahan, the book's author, Emmett discusses the developing style of philanthropy pursued by some of the world's wealthiest people and how it can help fuel a Renaissance of philanthropy.

Emmett and David discuss how the huge influx of wealth to donors is creating a more diversified, decentralized style of philanthropy. Rather than fitting in with the traditional large foundation approach of the past, donors today are going deep into important issues and forming partnerships with the foundations they help fund. They also take audience questions and debate the realities of wealth being concentrated among so few people, and how entrepreneurship is shaping new philanthropic efforts.  

What you will learn

  • Who the new givers are and what makes them different from philanthrophists of the past
  • Why philanthropists are choosing to dive deep into specific issues, rather than take a wider approach
  • How the increased involvement of donors is helping forge new partnerships between them and philanthropic organizations
  • Questions about the concentration of wealth among the new giving class
  • How an entrepreneurial mindset is changing the way donors give money 
  • Why the era of the big foundation may give way donations to many smaller organizations

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