The Mulago Foundation invests in charities and philanthropic opportunities that have the highest impact. They seek organizations that are addressing a priority problem, offer a scalable solution and have the capacity to deliver. And here to discuss their work, as well as share his perspectives on issues impacting the social sector, it’s a pleasure to have with us, Kevin Starr, the CEO of the Mulago Foundation.
The Philanthropy Roundtable, founded in 1991, is America’s largest network of donors committed to protecting philanthropic freedom, upholding donor intent, and strengthening our free society through charitable giving. And here to discuss their work and some of the issues where they’re currently engaged is Elise Westhoff, the President and CEO of The Philanthropy Roundtable.
AI for Good brings together the best minds and technologies to solve the world’s most urgent challenges such as reaching the sustainable development goals by 2030. Well, what about AI4Giving? What possibilities does it provide to enhance and expand philanthropy? What do you need to know but also need to be mindful of? Those answers were provided in a recent paper funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and co-authored by my next two guests.
They are Allison Fine, a pioneer in the use of digital technology for social good, and Beth Kanter, a recognized thought leader in digital transformation and well-being in the nonprofit workplace. And they will be coming out with a new book next spring on the subject titled The Smart Nonprofit: The Human Centered Approach to Artificial Intelligence for Social Good.
The events of the past year have shined a light on the way that philanthropy and impact investing is conducted. It comes as no surprise that decision-makers tend to be disproportionately white, male, and from backgrounds of privilege, and decisions tend to be made in a closed and opaque fashion. But there’s another story that’s unfolding – one where funders have chosen to cede decision-making power to people with lived experience of the problem at hand. And that story is told in an exceptional book titled Letting Go: How Philanthropists and Impact Investors Can Do More Good by Giving Up Control. And it’s a pleasure to have here with us its co-author, Meg Massey.