THE POWER OF GIVING:
Philanthropy’s Impact on American Life

December 1, 2015

On December 1, 2015, the National Museum of American History launched its Philanthropy Initiative with its first annual symposium, The Power of Giving: Philanthropy’s Impact on American Life. The program explored the past, present and future of philanthropy, broadly. Featured speakers included Warren Buffett, Nina Easton, Bill and Melinda Gates, John L. Gray, Nicholas D. Kristof, David Rockefeller Jr., David Rubenstein, Premal Shah, David J. Skorton, Henry Timms, Sheryl WuDunn, and Olivier Zunz. Jamie McDonald led a special community presentation from members of Baltimore’s nonprofit, foundation, arts, and education communities, including Ricardo Amparo, Carla Hayden, Sarah Hemminger, Joseph T. Jones Jr., Diana Morris.

Smithsonian Welcome

David J. Skorton
Secretary of the Smithsonian Institution

Launch of the Philanthropy Initiative

John L. Gray
Director, National Museum of American History

Donation Ceremony: Objects Connected to Everyday Giving

John L. Gray
Director, National Museum of American History

“Real and Permanent Good”: Examining a Century of American Philanthropy

Interviewer
David Rubenstein
Smithsonian Regent
Cofounder and Co-CEO, The Carlyle Group

Panelists
Warren Buffett
Chairman and CEO, Berkshire Hathaway, Inc.

David Rockefeller Jr.
Chairman of the Board, The Rockefeller Foundation

Olivier Zunz
Commonwealth Professor of History, University of Virginia
Author, Philanthropy in America

Lessons from #GivingTuesday

Henry Timms 
Executive Director, 92nd Street Y
Founder, #GivingTuesday

Rising to the Challenge: Baltimore’s Response to Opportunity and Crisis

Jamie McDonald
Founder, Generosity Inc.

Sarah Hemminger
CEO and cofounder, Thread

Joseph T. Jones Jr.
Founder, Center for Urban Families

Diana Morris
Director, Open Society Institute-Baltimore

Carla Hayden
CEO, Enoch Pratt Free Library

Ricardo Amparo
Filmmaker and Student

Giving Back, Giving Hope: The Best Way to Make a Difference

Interviewer
Nina Easton
Author, journalist, and cochair, Fortune’s Most Powerful Women Summit

Panelists
Melinda Gates
Co-chair, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

Nicholas D. Kristof
Columnist, The New York Times

Sheryl WuDunn
Journalist and cofounder, Full Sky Capital
Coauthor, with Kristof, of A Path Appears: Transforming Lives, Creating Opportunity

Unlocking Citizen Giving Via Technology

Premal Shah
President and Cofounder, Kiva.org

Innovation and Partnerships: The Future of Philanthropy

Bill Gates
Co-chair, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation