George H. Heyman, Jr. Center for Philanthropy and Fundraising To Hold Leadership Summit on Global Philanthropy

“Think Tank” Summit Will Highlight Changes in Fundraising and Philanthropy in the United States and Abroad As A Result of Globalization and the Advent of Technology

NEW YORK, February 2, 2011 – Representatives from 40 institutions from throughout the world are coming together to attend a frank exchange of ideas in a “think tank” summit meeting on global philanthropy called by the Heyman Center for Philanthropy and Fundraising ( within the New York University School of Continuing and Professional Studies (NYU-SCPS). Taking place at the NYU Kimmel Center from Thursday, February 17 through Saturday, February 19, 2011, The Leadership Summit on Global Philanthropy will highlight the changes in fundraising and philanthropy in the United States and abroad as a result of globalization and the advent of technology.

“Philanthropy today, like every other aspect of life, has gone ‘global,’” said Naomi Levine, executive director of the Heyman Center.  “New trends driven by the advent of technology have clearly played a major role in this globalization.”

Levine continued, “Many institutions abroad have learned from the Internet that 1.4 million nonprofits in the US raised $306 billion dollars last year. How can the institutions abroad apply this ‘American model of fundraising’ to supplement the reduced financial aid many of them now receive from their governments?  American organizations, on the other hand, are interested in exploring the approach that many institutions in other parts of the world are now using to learn whether they can improve the American model.  The walls are clearly down and the institutions, as diverse as their geography, are learning from one another.”

It is in this spirit of exchanging ideas and learning from one another that this Summit is being called.  Representatives from many important nonprofit organizations from throughout the world, such as universities, museums, libraries, and social service agencies are attending.

Keynote speakers include:

  • Dame Stephanie Shirley, Ambassador for Philanthropy of the United Kingdom, will launch the three-day conference with a keynote address on the evening of Thursday, February 17, 2011;
  • Dr. John Sexton, President of New York University;
  • Sir C. Duncan Rice, former Principal of the University of Aberdeen;
  • Stacy Palmer, Editor, Chronicle of Philanthropy;
  • Dr. Robert Lapiner, Dean, NYU School of Continuing and Professional Studies;
  • Dr. L. Jay Oliva, President Emeritus, New York University;
  • Mr. Jean-Paul Warmoes, Executive Secretary, King Baudouin Foundation United States and Director, International Relations, King Baudouin Foundation.

Other major speakers are scheduled to address the Conference, including experts in the fields of major gifts, technology and social media in fundraising, foundation and corporate philanthropy, ethics, annual campaigns, board governance, and other aspects of philanthropy and fundraising.

Registration for the three-day conference is now open online at 

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