The annual Global Philanthropy Forum Conference will be held on April 4-6 at the Hotel Sofitel in Redwood City, CA. Entitled People on the Move, the 2016 GPF Conference will focus on the three conditions under which migrations occur.
- In the first instance, people are moving to cities in search of economic opportunity. In India, China and other fast-growing economies, millions are experiencing economic and social mobility for the first time and are changing their habits, hopes and ways of living. Inventive and productive, they are not staying put. Many, newly aware of the opportunities that await, are moving to cities in search of jobs.
- Others still are in search of safety, having been forced to flee persecution, violent conflict or state failure. They need shelter, food, education and livelihoods, and assurances of both physical and human security. Many fall victim to human smugglers and prejudice. Providing for their safety and well-being is an urgent necessity. Building the conditions for their integration or return is a collective responsibility.
- And, third, even those who stay put may be in search of meaning. Restless young men (and some women) may feel unanchored. They wonder whether their values are shared and identity is respected. Often alienated and isolated, they can be vulnerable to the appeal of extremist ideologies that offer a sense of belonging and purpose, even when that purpose is destructive.
- Larry Kramer, President of the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation
- Donna Shalala, President and CEO of the Clinton Foundation
- Chris Stone, President of the Open Society Foundations
- Joshua Oigara, CEO of the KCB Group
Please understand that GPF is an invite-only event. If you received an invitation, register here using the code found in the email.
For media interested in attending the conference, please email send your name, publication and sample writing to Megan Fleming Hytjan at [email protected]
About the Global Philanthropy Forum
A project of the World Affairs Council, 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. Through an annual conference and special events, the GPF connects donors to issues; to effective strategies; to potential co-funding partners; and to emblematic agents of change from around the world. By building, and continually refreshing a lasting learning community, the GPF seeks to expand the number of philanthropists who will be strategic in pursuit of international causes.