By Steve Butz
As I head into the next session, I have a few minutes to reflect on the Opening Plenary this morning given by Carolyn Lukensmeyer, the President and Founder of AmericaSpeaks, Luz Vega-Marquis, President and CEO of Marguerite Casey Foundation and Sterling Speirn, President and CEO of the W.K. Kellogg Foundation.
At one point, one audience member asked “What should the next President know about this sector?”
The question sparked a great conversation at my table, with various points of view represented.
Personally, I’d like to see the next President challenge this sector as never before. I see tremendous potential for overwhelming impacts from more strategic, thoughtful donations into promising practices, and I believe the next President should demand, (perhaps through a re-evaluation of the tax code?) more non-fiscal accountability from the sector. Perhaps with a strong nudge from the Federal Government, foundations can begin to hold themselves collectively more accountable to the results they that they set out to achieve – and for which they have received funding.
Just my initial thoughts as I head into “The Myths and Realities of Socially Responsible Investing.”
One other quick thought – this conference site is phenomenal! This is my first trip to the National Harbor, and you have to see the beauty of this place to appreciate it. I wonder if you can get from here to the Nationals game via water taxi?