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


About the Speakers

David RubensteinInterviewer
David Rubenstein
Smithsonian Regent
Co-Founder and Co-CEO, The Carlyle Group

DAVID RUBENSTEIN is co-founder and co-chief executive officer of The Carlyle Group, one of the world’s largest private equity firms. Rubenstein is chairman of the boards of trustees of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts and Duke University, a regent of the Smithsonian Institution, cochairman of the Brookings Institution, vice chairman of the Council on Foreign Relations, a trustee of the National Gallery of Art, and president of The Economic Club of Washington.


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

WARREN BUFFETT is a U.S. businessman and philanthropist. As chairman and chief executive officer of Berkshire Hathaway Inc., he has assembled a broad range of companies employing more than 300,000 people, from See’s Candies to GEICO to BNSF Railway. In 2006 Buffett pledged most of his fortune to the Gates Foundation and to four charitable trusts created by his family: the Susan Thompson Buffett Foundation, the Howard G. Buffett Foundation, the Susan A. Buffett Foundation, and the NoVo Foundation (led by Peter A. Buffett).

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

DAVID ROCKEFELLER JR. is chairman of the board of the Rockefeller Foundation. Rockefeller is a director and former chairman of Rockefeller & Co. and has been an active participant in the nonprofit arena, especially in the areas of environment, philanthropy, arts, and public education. Rockefeller is an advisor and former vice chair of the Alaska Conservation Foundation, and a founder of the Alaska Fund for the Future. He is also a member of the Council on Foreign Relations.

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

OLIVIER ZUNZ is the Commonwealth Professor of History at the University of Virginia. His most recent book, Philanthropy in America: A History, is an in-depth exploration of the 20th-century growth of American philanthropic and mass-giving organizations. He is also the author of The Changing Face of Inequality, Making America Corporate, and Why the American Century?