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Philanthropy and inequality in the 21st century

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The British Academy’s President’s Lecture with Darren Walker

Join Darren Walker in his bold exploration of philanthropy, where it stands today and how it can help build a brighter future.

In a world where eight families have as much wealth as a full half of the world’s population, tackling inequality has long been at the heart of the Ford Foundation’s mission. Yet, with climate change and social injustice on the rise, philanthropy has itself come under scrutiny over how best to respond to these present-day challenges. Join Darren Walker in his bold exploration of philanthropy, where it stands today and how it can help build a brighter future.

Speaker: Darren Walker, President of the Ford Foundation
Darren Walker is President of the Ford Foundation, an international social justice philanthropy with a $13 billion endowment and $600 million in annual grant making. For two decades, he has been a leader in the nonprofit and philanthropic sectors. Darren led the philanthropy committee that helped bring a resolution to the city of Detroit’s historic bankruptcy, and chairs the US Alliance on Impact Investing. He co-chairs New York City’s Commission on City Art, Monuments, and Markers, and serves on the Commission on the Future of Riker’s Island Correctional Institution and the UN International Labor Organization Commission on the Future of Work. He also serves on the boards of Carnegie Hall, the High Line and the Committee to Protect Journalists.

Chair: Professor Sir David Cannadine PBA, President of the British Academy; Dodge Professor of History, Princeton University

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