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Philanthropists and Funders with Global Focus Convene to Strengthen Collaboration and Capacity-Building at September Innovations Symposium Hosted by NEID, TPI

August 22, 2018

Boston, MA (August 9, 2018) – Internationally-oriented philanthropists and investors will convene to learn about the most recent trends and innovations in international philanthropy and improve practical hands-on skills at the Innovations in International Philanthropy Symposium on September 6 and 7 in Boston. Hosted by New England International Donors (NEID) and The Philanthropic Initiative (TPI), the Symposium offers a unique opportunity for individuals, families, corporate funders, independent and community foundations, and impact investors with an international focus to network, seek out opportunities for collaboration, and find new strategies to increase the impact of their giving.

Participants attending the event will include funders actively supporting the full range of international issues prioritized in the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), including: global health, education, women and girls, refugee issues, disaster relief and humanitarian interventions, peace and security, human rights, climate change, disability rights, water and food security, and more.

The Symposium will feature skill-building workshops on subjects including ramping up one’s international philanthropy, engaging in effective impact investing, incorporating systems thinking in philanthropy, introducing gender-lens giving, scaling organizations through philanthropy, building a culture of engagement in global companies, and empowering community foundations to support international donors. The nearly 30 speakers and workshop leaders will include:

  • Raj Panjabi, CEO and co-founder of Last Mile Health, addressing global health along with Chris Anderson, TED Curator and Founder of The Audacious Project;
  • Gary White, CEO and co-founder (with actor/activist Matt Damon) of, discussing philanthropy’s role in making water safe, along with Ridgway H. White, President, Charles Stewart Mott Foundation;
  • Lisa Jackson, Managing Partner at Imago Dei Fund, exploring the topic of introducing a gender lens to philanthropy;
  • Carlyle Singer, President, Acumen, addressing how to leverage impact investing to support social change;
  • Crystal Barnes, Executive Director, Nielsen Foundation, examining successful models of global corporate philanthropy; and
  • Gururaj “Desh” Deshpande, founder of the Deshpande Foundation, who will close with thoughts on the future of international investing.

Other speakers and workshop leaders include key executives from: The Boston Foundation, Co-Impact, Council on Foundations, Dietel & Partners, Disability Rights Fund and Disability Rights Advocacy Fund, Equal Innovation, The Foundation Center, New England International Donors, Nielsen Foundation, Next Mile Project, The Omidyar Group, The Philanthropic Initiative, Segal Family Foundation, State Street Corporation. Sponsors to date include The Boston Foundation, Fidelity Charitable, Deshpande Foundation, BNY Mellon Wealth Management, Ropes & Gray, and Veris Wealth Partners, with the Advisory Committee consisting of the chief executives of Associated Grant Makers, The Boston Foundation, Council on Foundations, Global Philanthropy Forum, the Philanthropic Foundations of Canada, United Philanthropy Forum, and Worldwide Initiatives for Grantmaker Support (WINGS).

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NOTE TO MEDIA: If you would be interested in a list of participants willing to be interviewed about this event or on their areas of focus on an ongoing basis, please contact Jennifer Montone, Senior Marketing Manager at TPI at and we will forward the list once finalized.

New England International Donors (NEID) is a vibrant community of engaged, global individual philanthropists learning, giving, investing, and partnering together to end poverty, protect the planet, and ensure peace and human rights for all. This peer to peer network offers strategic networking, educational opportunities, and information sharing and we aim to spark donor action and collaboration. To learn more or to join NEID, visit You can also find us on Twitter @neidonors

The Philanthropic Initiative (TPI) is a global philanthropic consulting practice that helps individuals, families, foundations, and corporations develop and execute customized strategies to increase the impact of their giving and achieve philanthropy that is more strategic, effective, and fulfilling. For nearly 30 years, TPI has served as consultant and thought partner to ambitious donors and funders who embrace innovative thinking in their efforts to find local, national, and global levers of change. TPI is committed to actively promoting and advancing strategic philanthropy by conducting cutting-edge research, publishing donor education resources, and training individuals, organizations, and advisors in best practices. TPI is a distinct operating unit of the Boston Foundation. For more information about The Philanthropic Initiative (TPI), visit or check out our blog, Deep Social Impact. We’re also on LinkedIn and Twitter @TPIPhilanthropy.