Monday, October 21, 2013

The Generosity Network: A Luncheon Book Event with Authors Jennifer McCrea and Jeffrey Walker

JENNIFER MCCREA | Director, Course in Exponential Fundraising; Senior Research Fellow, Hauser Institute

JEFFREY C. WALKER | Philanthropist; Center for Public Leadership Council Member

Moderated by
DAVID GERGEN | Co-Director, Center for Public Leadership

Monday, October 21st
11:40 am – 12:55 pm
Darman Seminar Room, Center for Public Leadership, Taubman
Harvard Kennedy School

The Generosity Network is the essential guide to the art of activating resources of every kind behind any worthy cause. Philanthropist Jeff Walker and fund-raising expert Jennifer McCrea offer a fresh new perspective that can make the toughest challenges of nonprofit management and development less stressful, more rewarding—and even fun. Jeff and Jennifer show how traditional pre-scripted, money-centered, goal-oriented fund-raising techniques lead to anxiety and failure, while open-spirited, curiosity-driven, person-to-person connections lead to discovery, growth—and often amazing results.

Jeffrey Walker currently serves on the Boards of New Profit, Berklee College of Music, Morgan Library, Lincoln Center Film Society, Millennium Development Goals Health Alliance (where he chairs the Community Health Worker Pillar), The Miller Center and University of Virginia’s Undergraduate Business School, where he was President for ten years. He is a partner in Bridge Builders investment fund. Jeff is Co-Founder and Co-Chairman of The Quincy Jones Musiq Consortium, Chairman of The Council of Foundations at University of Virginia (UVA), serves on the Visiting Committee at theHarvard Business School and is on the Advisory Boards of MIT Media Lab, UCLA Film TV and Theater School, Center for Contemplative Sciences at UVA, Blue School, The Tibetan Village Project, Witness.org and Ideo.org. He is President of the 15 Central Park West Board. Previously, Jeff was Executive-in-Residence at Harvard Business School, focusing on social enterprises and collaboration, and a Lecturer at the Kennedy School. At Harvard, he also helped to develop and launch a course in exponential fundraising for nonprofit leaders at the Hauser Center for Nonprofit Organizations. He served as the Chairman of Millennium Promise, with the United Nations and Columbia University, an incubator to eliminate extreme poverty, and was the long-time Chairman of the Thomas Jefferson Foundation (Monticello), where he still serves as an Emeritus Trustee. Jeff co-founded and was Chairman of Npower, an organization that provides shared technology services to nonprofits. For twenty five years Jeff was CEO and Co-Founder of CCMP Capital, the $12 billion successor to JPMorgan Partners,  JPMorgan Chase & Co’s global private equity, Vice Chairman of JPMorgan Chase & Co. and Chairman of the JPMorgan Chase Foundation. He has an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School and a B.S. from the University of Virginia, is a Certified Management Accountant and a Certified Public Accountant.

A fundraiser for 25 years, Jennifer McCrea has worked with CEOs, fundraisers and board members from a wide variety of organizations, including Acumen Fund, Donorschoose.org, Grameen America, Teach for America, Witness, Comic Relief, X Prize Foundation, VH1 Save the Music Foundation, Rhode Island School of Design, Robin Hood Foundation, Council on Foreign Relations, Creative Commons, Pencils of Promise, New Profit and many others. She is a Henry Crown Fellow at the Aspen Institute, serves as an advisory board member of the MIT Media Lab, Berklee College City Music program and the Blue School, and is a co-founder and board member of the Quincy Jones MusiQ Consortium. In addition, Jennifer is co-founder of the Business Leadership Council for a Generation Born HIV Free, a public-private partnership initiative with goal of ending the transmission of HIV from mothers to children worldwide by 2015. Previously, Jennifer was at Case Western Reserve University and at Washington University in St. Louis during their multi-billion dollar campaign. She was also Vice President for Development at Dickinson College.  Jennifer’s new book, co-authored with philanthropist Jeffrey C Walker, The Generosity Network, was published by Crown Books at Random House in September, 2013.