The Mulago Foundation invests in charities and philanthropic opportunities that have the highest impact. They seek organizations that are addressing a priority problem, offer a scalable solution and have the capacity to deliver. And here to discuss their work, as well as share his perspectives on issues impacting the social sector, it’s a pleasure to have with us, Kevin Starr, the CEO of the Mulago Foundation.
Many of the world’s most significant social problems remain unsolved. One-quarter of all humans live without electricity; 750 million people lack access to clean drinking water; and preventable diseases like diarrhea take the lives of two million children each year.
Do these problems seem to be more significant than what website you’re going to click on to book your next hotel stay? Well, the organizations that are working on these problems above certainly do not have the level of expertise or support in marketing or strategy that big global brands do.
My next guest has been a practitioner, researcher, writer, teacher, and speaker on how organizations and people can achieve change together. For 17 years, he ran FSG, a nonprofit consulting firm and think tank. From 2018 to 2020, he served as executive-in-residence at national venture philanthropy, New Profit, co-leading the launch of a systems change practice. He is John Kania, the Founder and Executive Director of Collective Change Lab.
The Philanthropy Roundtable, founded in 1991, is America’s largest network of donors committed to protecting philanthropic freedom, upholding donor intent, and strengthening our free society through charitable giving. And here to discuss their work and some of the issues where they’re currently engaged is Elise Westhoff, the President and CEO of The Philanthropy Roundtable.
AI for Good brings together the best minds and technologies to solve the world’s most urgent challenges such as reaching the sustainable development goals by 2030. Well, what about AI4Giving? What possibilities does it provide to enhance and expand philanthropy? What do you need to know but also need to be mindful of? Those answers were provided in a recent paper funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and co-authored by my next two guests.
They are Allison Fine, a pioneer in the use of digital technology for social good, and Beth Kanter, a recognized thought leader in digital transformation and well-being in the nonprofit workplace. And they will be coming out with a new book next spring on the subject titled The Smart Nonprofit: The Human Centered Approach to Artificial Intelligence for Social Good.
Catalyst 2030 is a global movement of social entrepreneurs and social innovators from all sectors who share the common goal of creating innovative people-centric approaches to attain the Sustainable Development Goals, or SDGs, in 2030.
One of the co-founders of this initiative is Jeroo Billimoria, who among other things, founded Child Helpline International and Child and Youth Finance International. And she is with us now.