SEMINAR: "GETTING INSIDE PHILANTHROPY"
The Hauser Center for Nonprofit Organizations hosted Brad Smith, the new president of the Foundation Center, on Wednesday, January 21st 2009 from 3:30 until 5pm in the Hauser Center main conference room.
As part of the Hauser Center’s philanthropy domain speaker series, Brad will lead a discussion on “Getting Inside Philanthropy.” This informal discussion is open to students, faculty, staff, and community members.
As you may know, before going to the Foundation Center, Brad was the president of the Oak Foundation and vice-president of the Ford Foundation. Please see his bio below for more background.
We hope you will join what is sure to be an informative and dynamic conversation.
K. Smith joined the Foundation
Center as its president on October 1, 2008. Previously, Mr.
Smith was president of the Oak Foundation in Geneva,
Switzerland, a major family foundation with programs and
grant activities in 41 countries in North America, Europe,
Africa, Latin America, and South Asia. Prior to joining the
Oak Foundation he developed and led the Ford Foundation's
Peace and Social Justice Program, the foundation's largest
program area, providing hundreds of millions of dollars
during his ten-year tenure as vice president to
organizations working on issues of human rights,
international cooperation, governance, and civil society in
the U.S. and around the world.
Mr. Smith has devoted his entire career to the philanthropic and nonprofit sectors. He first joined the Ford Foundation as a program officer in its Brazil office. Prior to that, he directed the Brazil program of the Inter-American Foundation. At the start of his career, he worked for the YMCA of the USA, both in Costa Rica and New York, where he became manager for world development at its Center for International Management Studies.
Mr. Smith holds an M.A. in economics from the New School for Social Research in New York and a B.A. in anthropology and ethnomusicology from the University of Michigan.