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The Role of Nonprofits in Addressing Climate Change, Non-Proliferation and the Other Crucial Issues Facing Our Society and Planet


May 27, 2009 6:00pm - 8:00pm




6:00 p.m. -- Wine Reception

7:00 p.m. -- Panel Discussion

Please join fellow Stanford alums and our distinguished panel - current and former Stanford professors Paul Brest, Debra Myerson and Rob Reich - and moderator Melissa Berman, Stanford Ph.D and President and CEO of Rockefeller Advisors, to consider the role that non-profit organizations can play in addressing the world's most intractable problems. As New York Times columnist Tom Friedman pointed out in a recent column, the work of organizations such as The Hewlett Foundation, which has established and significantly funded ClimateWorks, a new $1 billion nonprofit to address global warming, can change our world and make our planet a safer place.

Moderator: Melissa A. Berman: president and CEO of Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors since January of 2001. A frequent speaker, Ms. Berman has been profiled in the "New York Times" and the "Stanford Social Innovation Review." Her ideas and views have also been featured widely in several publications, including the "Wall Street Journal" and "Business Week." Ms. Berman is an adjunct professor at Columbia University's School of Business, where she teaches philanthropy and holds a B.A. from Harvard University and a Ph.D. from Stanford University.

Panelists: Paul Brest: former dean of Stanford Law School and currently president of the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation; author with Hal Harvey of recently published Money Well Spent: A Strategic Plan for Smart Philanthropy.

Debra Meyerson: associate professor of education and co-director of the Stanford Center of Philanthropy and Civil Society.

Rob Reich: associate professor of political science and co-director of the Stanford Center of Philanthropy and Civil Society.

Copies of Dean Brest's book, Money Well Spent: A Strategic Plan for Smart Philanthropy will be available for purchase.