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Global Philanthropy Forum: Who We Are

A project of the World Affairs Council of Northern California, the Global Philanthropy Forum aims to build a community of donors and social investors committed to international causes, and to inform, enable and enhance the strategic nature of their work.

Hear from Her Majesty Queen Rania Al Abdullah, Archbishop Desmond Tutu and President Bill Clinton, among others, as they share their experiences with the Global Philanthropy Forum.

To learn more about GPF, visit http://philanthropyforum.org/about/

Why Give: Ashish Thakkar, Founder, Mara Group and Mara Foundation

Ashish Thakkar, Founder at Mara Group and Mara Foundation

Ashish Thakkar, founder of the Mara Group and the Mara Foundation, shares why an individual’s passion for a specific cause matters in philanthropy. Thakkar focuses the Mara Foundation on mentoring young entrepreneurs in Africa and helping them realize their potential. He believes that his passion for enabling opportunity brings purpose and meaning to his work, and his experience in business informs his mission to give. In this video, Thakkar gives us an insight on how philanthropy can advance opportunity for others.

This video was jointly produced by the Global Philanthropy Forum and the African Philanthropy Forum (APF). The APF is made possible through the support of USAID, Higher Life Foundation, The MasterCard Foundation, Anonymous, Rockefeller Foundation, Tony Elumelu Foundation, The Elma Growth Foundation and the World Affairs Council.

For more information please visit: philanthropyforum.org/apf

Highlights from the 2014 African Philanthropy Forum Meeting

The first planning meeting of the African Philanthropy Forum (APF) was held on February 24- 25, 2014 in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. The APF brought together leaders to examine how expanding access and promoting equity will lead to increased opportunity throughout the continent, and how building a community of African philanthropists could contribute to Africa meeting its own development goals.

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African Philanthropy Forum – 2014 CGI Commitment Announcement

Our Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) Commitment to Action will increase the number and impact of African philanthropic problem-solvers and strengthen a culture of strategic philanthropy on the continent

New York City, NY — The Global Philanthropy Forum (GPF) has committed to an ambitious...

2014 GPF Conference- Day One Highlights

Watch select highlights from the first day of the Global Philanthropy Forum including shots from the musical performances and words from Jane Wales, Tsitsi Masiyawa, Khalid Malik, Sanjay Pradhan, Nancy Birdsall, Carol Larson, Myrna Atalla, Usama Fayyad and Kennedy Odede.

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2014 GPF Conference – Day Two Highlights

Watch select highlights from day two of the Global Philanthropy Forum. Hear from Sally Osberg, Jim Yong Kim, Wendy Kopp, Robert Gallucci, Shinichi Takemura, Reeta Roy, Fred Swaniker, Dr. Peter Eigen and Hakeem Belo-Osagie.

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2014 GPF Conference- Day Three Highlights

Watch select highlights from day three of the Global Philanthropy Forum including words from Clara Miller, Gro Bundtland, Aron Cramer, Nabil Fahmy, Jane Wales, Frederic Sicre, Patrick Dupuis, and Bruce McNamer and performances from the Oakland Interfaith Gospel Choir and Gary Malkin.

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  • Empowering the Future Workforce

    March 6, 2015

    This piece by Jane Wales, President and CEO of the World Affairs Council and the Global Philanthropy Forum, first appeared in The Huffington Post. Follow Jane Wales on Twitter for more insights into strategic philanthropy. ... More

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