Innovating for Social Equity: New Approaches in Philanthropy
Sep 29th, 2020
5:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.

Virtual Event: Innovating for Social Equity: New Approaches in Philanthropy

Virtual Event

Chicago, IL

Virtual Event: Innovating for Social Equity: New Approaches in Philanthropy

From a global pandemic, economic devastation, and social unrest sparked by systemic racism, the past six months have laid bare the deep disparities that persist in our country. These multilayered crises have not only moved segments of American society from complacency to action, but have also raised questions about the progress that the social sector has and has not made toward a more just society.

With billions spent by the public, private, and philanthropic sectors, why do profound disparities persist?

The new “Innovating for Social Equity” speaker series, hosted by the Rustandy Center for Social Sector Innovation at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business, will examine efforts across the philanthropic and private sectors to tackle these seemingly intractable barriers to a society and economy that work for all. Through interactive conversations with leaders across sectors, the series will dig into what it will take to do more to achieve meaningful change.

Session 1: New Approaches in Philanthropy

The first session in the series will examine how new approaches in philanthropy may be employed to identify innovative strategies for achieving social equity.

Where has philanthropy succeeded in moving the needle on racial equity and social justice? Why hasn’t more progress been made? Is philanthropy part of the problem? Is philanthropy up to the scale and complexity of the challenges ahead? Do any of philanthropy’s innovations—big bet philanthropy, investing 100 percent for impact, creative approaches to increase annual awards, racial healing and reconciliation, and more—hold promise for greater, lasting impact?