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Putting Wealth to Work: Welcoming Professor Joel Fleishman

On February 22, the Barton Institute hosted more than two hundred guests at several events with Joel Fleishman, esteemed professor of public policy and law at Duke University. Fleishman spoke about his newest book, Putting Wealth to Work, which examines the recent trend toward "giving while living." Among Fleishman's messages was a recognition that the charitable impulse in the United States can be traced back to the fact that social benefit organizations (churches) began in the early 1600s and predated the creation of governments.


At one of the events, Chancellor Rebecca Chopp interviewed Professor Fleishman and they discussed a wide range of topics, including how philanthropists support higher education. (Years ago, Duke tapped Fleishman to chair the first major fundraising campaign supporting the university.)



Our partners in the events with Professor Fleishman included The Denver Foundation, the Colorado Association of Funders, and the Bonfils-Stanton Foundation Livingston Fellows.






On October 4, the Barton Institute was pleased to welcome more than 200 guests to Bold Philanthropy, a convening for leaders and practitioners seeking to expand the boundaries of traditional philanthropy and community leadership. We offer deep appreciation to our partners Bonfils-Stanton Foundation, the Colorado Association of Funders, and the Quarterly Forum for their support in making the day a success. Click here for photos.

The day launched as Chancellor Rebecca Chopp interviewed Earl Lewis, President of The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. Dr. Lewis shared his reflections on the times that Mellon has taken bold action, such as through their work to expand the capacity of research universities in South Africa, and on his own passion for addressing the impact of America's history of slavery on today's communities.

 Earl Lewis of the Mellon Foundation

(Above) Earl Lewis of the Mellon Foundation speaks with DU Chancellor Rebecca Chopp at Bold Philanthropy

The audience then split into five outstanding breakout sessions. Gary Steuer, President of Bonfils-Stanton Foundation, unearthed the secrets of bold leadership with three outstanding Livingston Fellows: Sonya Garcia Ulibarri, CEO of Girls Inc. of Metro Denver; Lance Cheslock from La Puente Home, Inc., in Alamosa; and Garrett Ammon, Artistic Director and President of Wonderbound. Other sessions included a look inside the transformation of Gary Community Investments with Bruce Hoyt and David Younggren; investigation of the power of cross-sector leadership with Ashley Buderus of the Quarterly Forum; a scan of the landscape of impact investing locally and nationally with Rehana Nathoo of the Case Foundation and Katherine Pease of Cornerstone Capital; and an examination of Social Impact Bonds with Mary Wickersham and Ken Weil from Social Impact Solutions.

Livingston Fellow Speakers

(Above) Breakout session speakers Sonya Ulibarri, Gary Steuer, Lance Cheslock, and Garrett Ammon

The audience reconvened to listen to DU Provost Gregg Kvistad speak with Roger Ferguson, CEO of investment giant TIAA. Ferguson described TIAA's long history of social impact investing and commitment to corporate philanthropy. This session also featured Ryan Heckman, co-chair of the Quarterly Forum, describing QF's support for this year's Barton Institute Social Enterprise Fellows.

Roger Ferguson audience shot

(Above) Roger Ferguson speaks with Gregg Kvistad and Bold Philanthropy attendees

The final session of the day brought together many former winners of the prestigious Livingston Fellowship as Gary Steuer from the Bonfils-Stanton Foundation introduced the 2018 Fellows. They are:

Harry Budisidharta – CEO, Asian Pacific Development Center
Ara Cruz – Co-Founder and Executive Director, Café Cultura
Yoal Ghebremeskel – Co-Founder & Executive Director, Street Fraternity
Deidre Johnson – CEO and Executive Director, The Center for African American Health
Isabel McDevitt – Executive Director, Bridge House

2018 Livingston Fellows

(Above) From left: Gary Steuer, President of the Bonfils-Stanton Foundation, Yoal Ghebrehmeskel, Harry Budisdharta, Isabel McDevitt, Ara Cruz, and Hal Logan, Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Bonfils-Stanton Foundation.

Yoal and Chancellor

(Above) DU Alum from the Josef Korbel School of International Studies, Yoal Ghebremeskel, with Chancellor Rebecca Chopp

The program for the evening included Earl Lewis urging the Fellows to prepare themselves "for the beauty and awe of change." Anti-poverty crusader Paul Polak spoke with Chancellor Chopp about his efforts to help more than 100 million people in India with a coal replacement made from invasive mesquite. He encouraged the Fellows to expand their vision beyond the boundaries of their own communities, taking their leadership to the global stage. (Later, Gary told him about the Global Livingston Institute!)

David Miller ended the evening with heartfelt thanks to the Bonfils-Stanton Foundation for choosing the event as their venue for announcing the Livingston Fellows, and to the audience members, many of whom had shared the whole Bold Philanthropy experience, for their enthusiasm for taking the ideas discussed and turning them into action.

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