Navigating uncertain terrain and international barriers to giving

On November 1st, 2017, Buff Kavelman moderated a panel discussion on changing trends in global philanthropy hosted by Philanthropy New York’s International Grantmakers Network. Panelists included Doug Rutzen, President and CEO of the International Center for Nonprofit Law, Una Osili, Associate Dean for Research and International Programs for Lilly School of Philanthropy at Indiana University and Jean Paul Warmoes, Director of King Baudouin Foundation United States.

This funders-only program explored international trends in philanthropic practices and regulations. Much of the discussion focused on the challenges of working in countries that are unwelcoming to cross-border philanthropy despite their increased need for funding, often where civil society may be in jeopardy. The panelists also shared counsel on how to form effective global partnerships; best practices in due diligence and risk management; and methods for supplementing grant funding with other capacity building support.

Program participants represented some of the largest foundations in the country, small family foundations, corporate social responsibility leaders and philanthropic divisions of private banks.