Billionaire financier Warren Buffett's recent giveaway of $37.1 billion — mostly to the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, as well as two other foundations — fits right in with the City Club's topic of the July 7 Friday Forum: "The Business of Philanthropy: New Trends in Stewardship."
Three of Oregon's largest foundations — the Oregon Community Foundation, the Collins Foundation and Meyer Memorial Trust — must wrestle with new developments in giving and receiving every day, and their directors, Greg Chaillé, Jerry Hudson and Doug Stamm, will discuss those developments.
Foundations are seeking more creative ways to have a greater impact while stretching dollars they administer. The philanthropic world is also facing major demographic changes with an increase in human need, a generational transfer of wealth and new trends in youth volunteering.
These new directions require more collaborations with other foundations and entities, greater activity in the policy arena and a move to more entrepreneurial giving — a philosophy of investing rather than just contributing.
The City Club's Friday Forum, open to the public, will be at the Governor Hotel, 614 S.W. 11th Ave. Doors open at 11:30 a.m.; the program begins at 12:15 p.m. and concludes at 1:15 p.m. Luncheon tickets are $20 ($16 for City Club members) and must be reserved by noon Thursday, July 6, online at www.pdxcityclub.org or by calling 503-228-7231 ext. 103. Coffee/tea table tickets ($5) and general seating ($5; free for City Club members) will be available at the door on a first-come, first-served basis.