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Global Philanthropy Forum 2007

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Former UCR Alumni attends philanthropy forum

In mid-April, the Global Philanthropy Forum (GPF) was hosted on the Google campus in Mountain View, California. This three-day, sixth annual Philanthropy Forum was, "comprised of a new generation of innovators who are unconstrained by traditional boundaries and committed to systematic change," according to Jane Wales, President of the Global Philanthropy Forum and President of the World Affairs Council.

James W. Sweeney of James Sweeney and Associates and former President William J. Clinton discuss philanthropy in urban areas and emerging markets. Sweeney is a UC Riverside graduate having majored in Political Science, Sociology and Black Studies with honors in all three majors.
The keynote address was a call to action subsequent to a number of specific panels. The keynoter, former President of the United States, William Jefferson Clinton, also founder of the William Jefferson Clinton Foundation, spoke to the interdependent nature of the world community and the necessity of private citizens to leverage public and private resources to impact health issues like AIDS, peace, technological innovation, and other major issues of our time.

The Global Philanthropy Forum additionally impacts issues such as climate change, financing poverty alleviation, and building sustainable economies, emphasizing children and youth services, supporting social entrepreneurs, social equity, environmental sustainability, human rights and tolerance, among others.

The Global Philanthropy Forum was hosted on the Google campus in Mountain View and featured speakers like former President Bill Clinton
The Global Philanthropy Forum reaches around the world, linked by individual donors and social investors, as well as leaders of corporate, public, private and family foundations. The GPF numbered 475 participants representing Sub Sahara Africa, Central and South Asia, Southeast Asia and China, Europe, the Balkans, East Central Europe, Russia, Latin America, the Caribbean, North America, the United States, Mexico and Canada.

The strategic philanthropy partners include: Aviana Foundation, International Finance Corporation (World Bank Group), Skoll Foundation, Google.org, Carnegie Corporation of New York, the Wallace Alexaander Gerbode Foundation, Charles Stewart Mott Foundation, the David and Lucille Packard Foundation, the Rockefeller Brothers Fund, Shell Foundation, United Nations Foundation, and the World Affairs Council.

James Sweeney spoke with a small group of philanthropic partners, including President Clinton. He emphasized the need for U.S. partnerships focused on education and inclusion, not for affirmative action, but effective survival, since 56% of California includes minorities.

Jobs, taxes, literacy and the ability to compete in an interdependent world requires working with all groups as we seek one culturally respectful society.

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