Bridging Technology and Humanity: An Insightful Conversation with Vilas Dhar

Bridging Technology and Humanity: An Insightful Conversation with Vilas Dhar

Vilas Dhar, President and Trustee of the Patrick J. McGovern Foundation, emphasizes the importance of integrating technology and philanthropy to address global challenges through AI. He highlights the foundation’s mission to empower communities and nonprofits by providing them with the necessary technological tools and expertise. Dhar underscores the critical role of nonprofits in utilizing AI for social good and the need to ensure ethical use and equitable distribution of AI’s benefits. He advocates for a shift from viewing technology as something done to or for people to something done by people, fostering a collaborative approach to creating a better future.

The Kresge Foundation: A Century of Evolution and Impact

The Kresge Foundation: A Century of Evolution and Impact

The Kresge Foundation celebrates its centennial under the leadership of CEO Rip Rapson, reflecting on a transformative journey from traditional philanthropy to a strategic, values-driven approach. Under Rapson’s guidance, the foundation has evolved to support complex, community-focused initiatives and social investments, particularly in urban revitalization and racial equity. As it marks a century of impact, Kresge is poised to continue addressing contemporary challenges, emphasizing innovative, inclusive strategies that engage communities and foster long-term sustainability. 

Smashing the Generational Divide: The Eisner Foundation’s Vision for Intergenerational Connection

Smashing the Generational Divide: The Eisner Foundation’s Vision for Intergenerational Connection

Trent Stamp, the CEO of The Eisner Foundation, is determined to transform the way we think about aging. Rejecting segregated communities and nursing homes, he advocates for a future where generations interact, learn from each other, and build stronger communities together. The Eisner Foundation’s work funds programs that bring young and old together, fostering connection and purpose. Stamp’s mission is backed by research showing that intergenerational projects benefit both elders and youth. He believes this approach can combat ageism and lead to a healthier, more vibrant society where everyone has a valued role, regardless of age.

Revolutionizing Perspectives: The Strategic Power of Pricing

Revolutionizing Perspectives: The Strategic Power of Pricing

Jean-Manuel Izaret of the Boston Consulting Group champions pricing as a key strategic tool that can reshape industries and advance social good. He argues that innovative pricing, exemplified by Uber and Airbnb, can disrupt markets and align with nonprofit missions through models like tiered donations. Citing Apple and proposing a ‘Netflix model’ for healthcare, Izaret suggests pricing can democratize services and catalyze change, urging its integration into core strategic planning to maximize societal and business impact.