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New England International Donors has compiled NEID sponsored events
, New England Area events, and National & International Conferences that might be of particular interest to international donors. Click on an event on the calendar or scroll down for more information.

Do you have any upcoming events that you would like to share in our monthly email or online calendar? Please send your event details to and be sure to include: event title, location, date/time, cost, co
ntact information, and a brief description. If you are a NEID member, we encourage you to submit a posting to our NEID Member Events section. This section highlights special events endorsed by our members. 

Event Policy: NEID sponsored events are only open to NEID members. They are intended to serve as a space for donors to engage in conversation, learning, and networking without being approached for funding or services. Unless otherwise noted, NEID sponsored events have a strict “no solicitation” policy.

NEID Sponsored Events 

Pathways to Change Series

Smart Microfinance: A Focus on Client First

April 22, 2014, 8:30 - 11:30 AM
Accion Offices, 56 Roland Street, Suite B, Charlestown

Thirty-one years ago, Muhammad Yunus founded the Grameen Bank in Bangladesh, streamlining a process to deliver useful financial services to millions of people that had previously lacked access to them, an innovation that later earned him the Nobel Peace Prize. Many looked at this model - and the  roughly 3 billion people around the globe with no access to any financial services - and saw a way to reduce poverty. Others saw it as an untapped business opportunity to generate income and profit. After more than three decades of trial, the verdict is still out on microfinance.

When done well, microfinance can be a useful resource to people working to escape poverty. When done wrong, the same services can impose harmful consequences leaving people worse off. Is it possible to balance the protection of people that need financial services with investors also looking for a financial return? During this event we will explore meeting the needs of borrowers, the different financial approaches, and how to avoid causing harm by examining The Smart Campaign, a global campaign for client protection, housed by Accion.

Stemming from a gathering of field leaders convened by Deutsche Bank in 2008, Accion's Center for Financial Inclusion was charged with forming a global and diverse coalition of microfinance institutions, donors and other professionals working within the microfinance industry. This coalition is now known as The Smart Campaign, a global effort to unite microfinance leaders around a common goal: to keep borrowers as the driving force of the industry. To help the microfinance industry achieve this goal and its double bottom line objective, The Smart Campaign is working to provide microfinance institutions with the tools and resources they need to deliver transparent, respectful, and prudent financial services to all clients. This event is open to NEID members only. Members are encouraged to bring eligible guests to events. 

You can learn more about membership guidelines and our guest policy here.

NEID's First Film Night Featuring Girl Rising

May 15, 2014, 6:00 - 9:30 PM
The Boston Foundation, 75 Arlington Street, 10th Floor, Boston

NEID is pleased to invite its members to a private screening of Girl Rising, a powerful film weaving the story of nine girls from around the world - Cambodia, Haiti, Nepal, Egypt, Ethiopia, Nepal, India, Peru, Sierra Leone and Afghanistan - to demonstrate the power of education and resiliency of the human spirit. Additional details forthcoming.


6:00 PM - Networking and light refreshments

7:00 PM - Screening of Girl Rising

8:30 PM - Discussion


To watch the trailer for Girl Rising, please click here.


RSVP: This event is open to NEID members and their guests. Members are encouraged to bring eligible guests to events. You can learn more about membership guidelines and our guest policy here.

Save the Date! NEID's 5th Anniversary Celebration

October 23, 2014, 6:00 - 9:30 PM

Hampshire House, 84 Beacon Street, Boston


Please save the date for a special dinner and celebration of NEID! More details to be posted soon. 


Check our website for the most up-to-date information. 

NEID Member Endorsed Events 

International Grantmaking Workshop

April 1, 2014, 11:30 AM - 1:30 PM
The Boston Foundation, 75 Arlington Street, 10th Floor Boston

Individuals and families are increasingly interested in tackling critical economic and social challenges overseas, but many are uncertain how to begin.  This workshop will examine key issues in international grant making:  How does a donor develop a global giving strategy?  How does one identify organizations doing good work?  What resources exist to help with international giving?  How do you navigate the rules and regulations entailed in cross-border grant making? From this workshop, donors will gain a basic understanding of the issues, options, challenges, and opportunities in international grant making and how they can make a difference beyond U.S. borders.

Please RSVP to Julie Smith-Bartoloni, Senior Director of Donor Relations, at or 617-338-2676.

This event is endorsed by NEID Member the Boston Foundation and is open to all.

The Politics of Water: From Palestine and Israel to Chelsea and Beyond

April 3, 2014, 6:00 - 8:00 PM
Chelsea Collaborative, 318 Broadway, Chelsea

Water is a fundamental human right but many communities face undrinkable water and shortages.  Meanwhile, corporations continue to develop water-related technologies and some are working continually to privatize water to make a profit off of this basic, common resource. Join us for a panel discussion to discuss questions of privatization of water, human rights, justice and the role of the State of Massachusetts.


Panelists include: Shayda Nafisi of Corporate Accountability International, Nidal al-Azraq of, Roseann Bongiovanni of Chelsea Collaborative, and Claire Gilbert of Grassroots International.


Panel presented by Grassroots International. Co-sponsors:, Alliance for Water Justice, American Friends Service Committee, American Jews for a Just Peace, Boston Coalition for Palestinian Rights, Chelsea Collaborative, Jewish Voice for Peace, Mass Global Action, Massachusetts Peace Action, United for Justice with Peace.


This event is endorsed by NEID Member Grassroots International and is open to all. 

ALA Rising: Leadership Development in Action

April 10-11, 2014'
New York, NY

A summit to celebrate the college graduation of African Leadership Academy's inaugural class African Leadership Academy (ALA) seeks to transform the African continent by developing and connecting its future leaders. At this summit, friends of ALA, both old and new, will engage with Africa's top young talent and, together, explore strategies to address the continent's most significant challenges. We hope you will join us to help chart the course of Africa's future.


Thursday, April 10th, 6:30 - 8:30 pm

A reception with the ALA U.S. Advisory Council featuring ALA graduates and ALA Founder and CEO Fred Swaniker.


Friday, April 11th

9:00 am: Breakfast and Meet-and-Greet with ALA graduates

10:00 am: Discussion - Education in Africa / Featuring ALA graduates. Moderated by Education Correspondent for PBS NewsHour John Merrow

11:15 am: Discussion - The Future of African Leadership / Featuring ALA graduates. Moderated by ALA Founder and Dean Chris Bradford

12:30: Lunch and Keynote Address / Featuring ALA graduates and Founder and CEO Fred Swaniker


Please click here to RSVP. 


For more information contact or visit

This event is endorsed by NEID Members Amy and Ed Brakeman and is open to NEID members only.

Carr Talk and Coffee

April 11, 2014, 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Harvard Kennedy School, Carr Center Conference Room R-219, 79 JFK Street, Cambridge

Named in honor of the long-running Public Radio program, Carr Talk and Coffee's are informal gatherings of Carr Center staff, fellows and faculty which happen on the first and third Fridays of each month. Students are especially welcome to attend as the informal setting often provides an excellent opportunity to meet others with an interest in human rights or anything else. The coffees usually begin with general donut eating and mingling, often followed by a brief presentation by a fellow, faculty member or student. It is an informal event, and folks may leave at any time.

Conversation will be led by Christen Dobson and Mona Chun of the International Human Rights Funders Group. They will be speaking about the state of global human rights grantmaking and present their findings from Advancing Human Rights: Knowledge Tools for Funders.

This event is endorsed by NEID Members Karen Ansara (Ansara Family Fund), Michael Haroz, and the Disabilities Rights Fund, and is open to all.

Support the Zabuli Education Center - Private Dinner

April 11, 2014, 7:00 PM
Wellesley Country Club, Wellesley

Join us in support of a special school: the Zabuli Education Center. Author Khaled Hosseini joins humanitarian Razia Jan for a thought-provoking conversation moderated by Emmy Award-winning journalist Lisa Hughes along with a festive Afghan dinner on Saturday, April 12 at One Post Office Square in Boston (description below). An exclusive, private dinner with Khaled Hosseini and Razia Jan will be held at the Wellesley Country Club on Friday, April 11.

Khaled Hosseini is a physician and an award-winning author whose novels The Kite Runner, A Thousand Splendid Suns, and And the Mountains Echoed have been published in more than 70 countries. He is UN Refugee Goodwill Ambassador. Razia Jan has worked for many years to forge connections between Afghans and Americans. Razia is the founder of Razia's Ray of Hope Foundation and was named a 2012 Top 10 CNN Hero for her work on the Zabuli Education Center, a school that she founded in rural Afghanistan that provides free education to more than 400 girls. 

Cost: $1,000/seat (limited to 20 guests). Reserve your place - space is limited!

Click here to register for private dinner.

This event is endorsed by NEID Member Susan Clare and is open to NEID Members only.

Support the Zabuli Education Center
Conversation and Aghan Dinner

April 12, 2014, 5:00 - 10:00 PM
One Post Office Square, Boston

Join us in support of a special school: the Zabuli Education Center. Author Khaled Hosseini joins humanitarian Razia Jan for a thought-provoking conversation moderated by Emmy Award-winning journalist Lisa Hughes along with a festive Afghan dinner on Saturday, April 12 at One Post Office Square in Boston. An exclusive, private dinner with Khaled Hosseini and Razia Jan will be held at the Wellesley Country Club on Friday, April 11 (description above).

Khaled Hosseini is a physician and an award-winning, author whose novels The Kite Runner, A Thousand Splendid Suns, and And the Mountains Echoed have been published in more than 70 countries. He is a UN Refugee Goodwill Ambassador. Razia Jan has worked for many years to forge connections between Afghans and Americans. Razia is the founder of Razia's Ray of Hope Foundation and was named a 2012 Top 10 CNN Hero for her work on the Zabuli Education Center, a school that she founded in rural Afghanistan that provides free education to more than 400 girls.

5:00 to 7:00 pm: Refreshments; conversation with Khaled Hosseini and Razia Jan moderated by Lisa Hughes; Razia's Marketplace: $50/ticket. Please click here to register for conversation only.

7:00 to 10:00 pm: Following the conversation, join us for book signings and a festive Afghan dinner: $250 (includes conversation); $100/seat for young professionals (includes conversation; limited availability). Please click here to register for conversation and Afghan Dinner.

Transportation between Duxbury and Boston is available to those attending both the conversation and dinner; please indicate your interest on the registration form. 

This event is endorsed by NEID Member Susan Clare and is open to NEID Members only.

Foundations in Charitable Board Service

April 14, 2014, 3:00 - 4:30 PM
Location TBD

Are you interested in serving on the board of a nonprofit organization? Karley Ausiello, Vice President of Volunteer Engagement for United Way of Massachusetts Bay and Merrimack Valley, will be speaking about the fundamentals of charitable board service, including identifying board positions and the skills and obligations involved in board membership.


This event is endorsed by NEID Steering Committee Member Emily Nielsen Jones and is open to all.

Segal Family Foundation & MIT $100K Entrepreneurship Competition Reception

April 15, 2014, 6:00 - 8:00 PM
EVOO, 350 Third Street, Cambridge

Segal Family is co-hosting this reception with the MIT $100K Entrepreneurship Competition to celebrate the entrepreneurs who have participated in the 2014 LAUNCH Contest.

The entrepreneurs competing in this year's contest are developing innovative products that range from magnet-driven malaria diagnostics to wearable computing technology. This event should be a good opportunity to connect with these young entrepreneurs as well as other SFF grantees in the Boston area.

RSVP: Dana Schweitzer at by April 11th. Refreshments will be provided thanks to the generosity of the Segal Family Foundation.

This event is endorsed by NEID Member The Philanthropic Initiative and is open to NEID Members only.

Impact Investing: Connecting Social Enterprises to Capital

April 17, 2014, 8:00 - 10:00 AM
Fidelity Charitable Gift Fund

You're invited to Root Cause's Social Innovation Forum's: Impact Investing Forum, an event for investors seeking both social and financial returns. Join us to hear from our cohort of Impact Entrepreneurs whose business innovations address significant social issues. Sponsoring Partner: The Devonshire Foundation

RSVP: Anna Trieschmann at or call 617.649.1518. Directions and event details provided upon RSVP.

This event is endorsed by NEID Member The Philanthropic Initiative and is open to NEID members only.

IMEC Open House for NEID Members

April 25, 2014, 10:00 - 11:30 AM
IMEC, 1600 Osgood Street, North Andover

This Open House will provide NEID members the opportunity to tour IMEC's 150,000 foot workshop and to learn about the process IMEC developed to upgrade or equip hospitals or clinics, small family farms and schools or orphanages. IMEC was founded by Tom Keefe, in 1995, with a mission to deliver donated surplus medical equipment from US hospitals to hospitals and clinics in the developing world. Since then, IMEC has successfully equipped or upgraded over 800 hospitals and clinics in over 80 developing countries at no cost to the receiving hospital. 

Over time, many of the poor communities IMEC served asked IMEC to help them address the serious problems they encounter in feeding and education their families. IMEC then developed a Small Family Farm Program and an Educational Program to serve these important areas of need. 

Members will learn about IMEC's equipment solutions for hospitals/clinics, Small Family Farms, and Schools/Orphanages. Additionally, IMEC will preview their Transforming Communities Initiative that provides combined Health-Hunger-Education solutions to villages, towns, cities or regions. 

RSVP: Anne Mattews at This event is open to NEID members and their eligible guests.

This event is endorsed by NEID Members Karen (Ansara Family Fund), Pierre-Andre Noel (The Haiti Fund at the Boston Foundation) and John Gould (The Gould Family Foundation).

EDGE Funders Alliance Just Giving 2014: Global Social Change Philanthropy Conference

April 29 - May 1, 2014
Berkeley, CA

Join EDGE Funders Alliance in Berkeley, California April 29-May 1, for the 14th annual Just Giving Conference. Deepen your philanthropic practice by engaging with other practitioners, community organizers, and thought leaders on the toughest, most essential challenge facing our generation: achieving economic and ecological justice.


EDGE Funders Alliance works to increase support for greater equity and sustainability within the system as it is, while encouraging our community to address our deep and systemic social, economic and ecological challenges over the long term, supporting needed innovations and alternatives for tomorrow.


Just Giving's collective purpose is to enhance philanthropy's capacity to confront and to address successfully these profound systemic challenges.


Cost: $925 ($735 for EDGE Members).


For more information or to register, please click here.


This event is endorsed by NEID Members Grassroots International and Karen Ansara (Ansara Family Fund).

No Child a Slave Tour

May 23, 2014, 11:30 AM - 1:30 PM
Berkshire Partners, 200 Clarendon Street, 35th Floor, Boston

We are privileged to have two guests in town who work on the front lines of a struggle to protect some of our world's most vulnerable children in Haiti, which ranks second in the world for the prevalence of modern slavery, according to the 2013 Global Slavery Index.


Alina "Tibebe" Cajuste is an adult survivor of child slavery called restavèk in Haiti. She spent her entire childhood working every waking hour without the chance to attend school, play, or form friendships. She wasn't even given a name. She now organizes other adult survivors in building the movement to bring an end to this practice that enslaves a quarter million Haitian children.


Guyto Desrosiers is a young and gifted leader in this movement. He has led the effort to train over 3,000 child rights activists in Haiti and organize dozens of Child Protection Brigades for neighborhoods throughout Port-au-Prince where these children are concentrated.


Guyto and Tibebe work with an organization in Haiti, Beyond Borders, and are in the U.S. as part of the No Child a Slave Campaign. Please join us for lunch to learn more about their courageous efforts and how you can join with them in helping build this movement in Haiti.

Please click here to RSVP. 

This event is endorsed by NEID Steering Committee Members Karen Ansara (Ansara Family Fund) and Emily Nielsen Jones (Imago Dei Fund), and the Haiti Fund at the Boston Foundation. It is open to all. 

Haiti Funders Conference

June 5-6, 2014
The Boston Foundation, 75 Arlington Street, 10th Floor, Boston

Please mark your calendar for the second international gathering of Haiti Funders - large and small - committed to supporting Haitian-led development and human rights protection.  The conference will address effective ways to work with grantees in Haiti; how to build organizational capacity; and best practices in Haitian grassroots advocacy.  The gathering will include remarks by Haiti experts, government officials and grassroots leaders, and allow ample time for networking and forming new partnerships. The event includes dinner on the evening of June 5.

Keynote Speaker:  Haitian Prime Minister Laurent Lamothe.

Cost: $250 including breakfasts and lunches for two days, and dinner on June 5. The conference is open to institutional funders and major individual donors.


For the conference notice, agenda, and registration, please click here. For questions or more information, please contact


This event is endorsed by NEID Members Daniel Moss, Grassroots International, Karen Ansara (Ansara Family Fund) and the Haiti Fund at the Boston Foundation, and is open to all.

Disability Rights Fund Cocktail Reception

June 6, 2014, 5:00 - 7:00 PM
UMass Club, 225 Franklin Street, 33rd Floor, Boston

According to UNICEF, only 10% of all children with disabilities in the developing world have access to school.


The Disability Rights Fund (DRF) is hosting a cocktail reception and discussion on access to education for people with disabilities in the developing world.  Haitian lawyer and polio survivor, Emilio Néas, who heads a DRF-funded project on inclusive education in Les Cayes, Haiti will be the keynote speaker. Mr. Néas will share his experience advancing education rights and his personal story of pursuing an education as a person with a disability in Haiti. DRF will provide contextual information from their funding in 29 other countries around the world and introduce key stakeholders, including global disability rights leaders and funders.


RSVP: Susan Kagan at or 617.849.0824 by May 1. Space is limited. Parking information will be provided with RSVP.


This event is endorsed by NEID Members Karen Ansara (Ansara Family Fund), Mike Haroz, and the Disability Rights Fund, and is open to all.

Opportunity Collaboration Outdoor Dinner and Dancing

June 21, 2014, 5:30 - 11:00 PM
Home of Karen and Jim Ansara, Essex

This outdoor dinner party -- evoking the spirit of the Opportunity Collaboration in Mexico -- will invite guests into deep table conversations about their hopes and visions for the world. The dinner is open to Opportunity Collaboration Delegates (past, present and potential), NEID members and their guests.  For more about the Opportunity Collaboration annual "un-conference" in Ixtapa, Mexico, read the conference listing below.

Please RSVP to  Detailed directions will be sent to attendees.

This event is endorsed by NEID Chair Karen Ansara (Ansara Family Fund) and Sara Hall.  Other NEID members who have attended or will attend the Opportunity Collaboration include: Tom Bird, David and Gay Campbell, Sasha Chanoff, Simon Delekta, Tory Dietel Hopps, Stephanie Dodson, Beth Floor, Emily Nielsen Jones, Tanya Jones, Barrie Landry, Daphne Petri, Eliza Petrow, Pierre Noel, Liz Sheehan, Jackie Vanderbrug, Debra Veth and Charlie Walsh.

Journey to Haiti with the Haiti Fund

July 14-19, 2014

The Haiti Fund at the Boston Foundation, in collaboration with The Philanthropy Workshop, invites you to Haiti this July to experience firsthand the possibilities for engaging in locally-led social change. Engage with grassroots leaders, experts and fellow philanthropists to discover strategies and opportunities to partner and invest successfully with Haitian communities.

Join Karen Keating Ansara, co-founder of the Haiti Fund, and Pierre Noel, Haiti Fund director, to view successful models of Haitian-led systemic and grassroots change in urban and rural contexts.  Site visits will concentrate on education, health care, agriculture, livelihoods and community planning.

An optional excursion by plane to Cap Haitien in the North on July 19-21 will take travelers to the incomparable Citadelle, Haiti`s fortress and national treasure; a women`s candle-making enterprise, Prosperity Catalyst; a vibrant peasant organization; and a potential tour of the USAID-funded Caracol Industrial Park.

Cost: $4,250 pp + optional $500 donation for site visits and an additional $1,750 for the trip extension. Travel commitments required by April 30.

Contact for a projected itinerary and more information.

Please click here to register or visit for more information on the Haiti Fund and its partners.

This event is endorsed by NEID Members Karen Ansara (Ansara Family Fund) and the Haiti Fund at the Boston Foundation.

The Opportunity Collaboration

October 12-17, 2014
Ixtapa, Mexico

A four-day problem-solving, strategic retreat for nonprofit leaders, for-profit social entrepreneurs, grant-makers and impact investors engaged in economic justice enterprises. On World Poverty Day, break down the silos of unproductive competition and go beyond the boundaries of conventional poverty alleviation. The gathering leverages resources, shares innovations, enlists allies, builds coalitions and creates force multipliers.  Delegates begin each morning in a colloquium exploring leadership ethics and style, human rights principles and development approaches.  All other workshop and discussion content is proposed and offered by delegates.  Beware:  the event encourages intensive networking and intentional FUN!


NEID members already registered to attend in 2014 include:  Karen Ansara, Nikhil Aziz, Sara Hall, Tory Dietel Hopps, Stephanie Dodson, Beth Floor, Emily Nielsen Jones, Barrie Landry, Daphne Petri, Pierre Noel, Liz Sheehan, Jackie Vanderbrug, Debra Veth and Charlie Walsh.  NEID members who have attended in the past include Tom Bird, Dave and Gay Campbell, and Sasha Chanoff, Tanya Jones, and Eliza Petrow. The event is already 51% sold out, so sign up soon!


Please click here for a list of delegates.


Cost: The all-inclusive price (besides travel) is currently $3950, although discounts are available when room-sharing. 


For more information and to register, please click here


This event is endorsed by NEID Chair Karen Ansara (Ansara Family Fund) and is by application only.

2014 Gender Lens Investing Journey to Brazil

November 2014, 8 days/7 nights

The data is in, the word is out: investing in women and girls is one of the fastest ways to change the world! Never before has there been such as dramatic consensus and support in research and the media. How do we take this from rhetoric to reality, theory to practice? What are the strategies for investing in women and girls that allow for action and impact?


Join a group of philanthropists, researchers, investors and practitioners to explore the broader ecosystem of organizations that effect women and girls.  We will visit a widely varied spectrum of for-profit organizations - from start-up to more mature companies.  Explore broad themes including:

o    Identifying and funding enterprises;

o    Application of a gender lens to de-risking investment;

o    The role of philanthropy in developing for-profit enterprise;

o    Innovative public /private partnerships;

o    Continuing to build the field of Gender Lens Investing.


For more information, please click here or contact Jackie VanderBrug at


This event is endorsed by NEID Member Jackie VanderBrug and is open to all. 

New England Area Events 

Engage. Educate. Empower. A Benefit for Barakat

April 2, 2014, 6:30 - 9:00 PM

Microsoft NERD Center, 1 Memorial Drive, Ste. 100, Cambridge


Celebrate an elegant evening with Barakat - full of colors and cultures of Afghanistan and Pakistan! Network with passionate Barakat supporters and friends and benefit thousands of children and women in Barakat's schools and programs.


Registration Fee: $20. Cash bar, complimentary champagne toast, silent auction. Please click here to register.


To read more, click here.

The Future of Leader-Leadership and Character Development: What's "I" Got to Do With It?

April 3, 2014, 4:15 PM
Harvard Kennedy School, Belfer Center, Weil Town Hall, Lobby Level, 75 JFK Street, Cambridge

Dana Born will discuss leader and leadership development and incorporate into the discussion the growing importance of character development.  Given the changing world, does the leader focus on what it is to exercise leadership make sense as a starting point?  Does the fascination with explanations and descriptions of "I" serve us?
Dana H. Born, Lecturer in Public Policy, is a retired brigadier general with 30 years of service in the U.S. Air Force. Prior to coming to Harvard, from 2004-2013, she served two terms as the President appointed dean of the faculty for the U.S. Air Force Academy where she was also a professor and head of the Behavioral Sciences and Leadership Department.  Dana also served as Assistant Director for Recruiting Research and Analysis in the Office of Assistant Secretary of Defense for Force Management Policy, aide to the Secretary of the Air Force and Deputy Chief of the Personnel Issues Team in the Office of the Deputy Chief of Staff for Personnel. She commanded the 11th Mission Support Squadron at Bolling Air Force Base in Washington, D.C., was an Exchange Officer with the Royal Australian Air Force, and served in Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.  A 1983 graduate with distinction of the U.S. Air Force Academy, Dana holds two master¹s degrees (Trinity University and University of Melbourne) and a doctorate in industrial and organizational psychology from Penn State University. She has received a large number of awards, including an honorary doctorate from Simmons College in 2007, the Air Force Distinguished Service Medal, the Legion of Merit and the Defense Meritorious Service Medal.

For additional details, please contact

Women & Democracy Around the World

April 4, 2014, 11:30 AM - 1:30 PM

Lake Sunapee Country Club, 100 Country Club Lane, New London


A luncheon featuring Katherine Hunter of the Asia Foundation. Ms. Hunter joined the Foundation in 1988 as a program officer for the Center for Asian Pacific Affairs. She has subsequently served as a program officer for South Asia in San Francisco, program officer for Women's Political Participation in Washington where she coordinated regional women's programs in Bangladesh, Cambodia, Indonesia, Nepal, and Sri Lanka, and as assistant country representative in Bangladesh and Mongolia. She has worked more than 20 years in international development, including 15 years resident in Asia.


Cost: $30 per person


Please purchase tickets in advance over the phone (603.314.7970) or online.

2014 Leontief Prize Award Ceremony

April 4, 2014, 12:30 - 2:00 PM

ASEAN Auditorium, Fletcher School, Tufts University, Medford


GDAE will award its 2014 Leontief Prize for Advancing the Frontiers of Economic Thought to Angus Deaton and James K. Galbraith. This award recognizes their contributions to the studies of inequality, well-being, and public policy. The awardees will present lectures on the theme "Health, Inequality, and Public Policy" at 12:30pm in ASEAN Auditorium in Cabot Intercultural Center.


Dr. James K. Galbraith holds the Lloyd M. Bentsen Jr. Chair in Government/Business Relations and a professorship of Government at the University of Texas at Austin. His research focuses on the measurement and understanding of inequality in the world economy. He is the author of several hundred journal articles and six books, including "Created Unequal: The Crisis in American Pay." His most recent book is "Inequality and Instability: A Study of the World Economy Just Before the Great Crisis" (Oxford University Press, 2012).


Dr. Angus Deaton is the Dwight D. Eisenhower Professor of Economics and International Affairs at Princeton University. Dr. Deaton's research areas include health, economic development, and the analysis of household behavior, especially at the microeconomic level. His current research focuses on the determinants of health in rich and poor countries, as well as on the measurement of poverty in India and around the world. His most recent book is "The Great Escape: Health, Wealth, and the Origins of Inequality" (Princeton University Press, 2013)


GDAE inaugurated its economics award in 2000 in memory of Nobel Prize-winning economist and GDAE advisory board member Wassily Leontief. The Leontief Prize recognizes economists whose work, like that of the institute and Leontief himself, combines theoretical and empirical research to promote a more comprehensive understanding of social and environmental processes.

For more information or to register, please click here. Attendance is free. A complimentary lunch will be offered at 12:00 to registered participants.

Advancing Health and Human Rights

April 7, 2014, 7:00 - 9:00 PM
Tufts University, Braker Hall Room 001, 8 Upper Campus Road, Medford
GlobeMed at Tufts University is proud announce that we will be hosting Samson Njolomole right on our Medford/Somerville campus this spring! Samson began as a translator for Partners in Health but has since risen to become a leader in the community as HIV Program Coordinator and subsequently Community Programs Manager for PIH Malawi. His passion and drive have inspired people around the world and mobilized communities in Malawi to fight HIV/AIDS, malaria, maternal health issues and much more. Samson's story and experiences will be presented to the Tufts community by Samson himself followed by a Q&A where Tufts students can further discuss issues of global health with him.
For more information or to register, please click here.

Progress in the Congo? A Discussion with Academia, Diaspora, and Activists

April 8, 2014, 5:00 - 7:00 PM
Boston University, GSU Conference Auditorium, 775 Commonwealth Avenue, Rm. 228, Boston
The Democratic Republic of Congo is a nation with thriving cultures and great potential for economic and infrastructural growth. However, this progress has been hindered over the past twenty years with war and underdevelopment, resulting in the deaths of over five million people and an uncertain future. Please join us for an in-depth panel and breakout discussions on the current challenges and opportunities for progress and development in the Congo.
Please click here or contact for additional details, questions, or to register.

Volunteer Night at Partners in Health

April 8, 2014, 6:00 - 8:00 PM

Partners in Health, 888 Commonwealth Avenue, Third Floor, Boston


Come drop in at the Partners In Health office, hear a fresh update from the field, and join PIH staff in working on a current project for the night. Volunteer Nights are a valuable chance for supporters to contribute to the work of Partners In Health, and to discuss current issues in the field of global health & social justice. A typical Volunteer Night involves making thank you calls to new PIH supporters.


All are welcome -- No previous experience or knowledge of PIH is necessary. We look forward to meeting you, and we hope you'll bring a friend or two!


Please click here to reserve your spot for an upcoming Volunteer Night.

The Latin American Urban Experience: Crisis, Creativity and Renewal

April 9, 2014, 2:00 - 5:00 PM
Boston University, Pardee House, 67 Bay State Road, Boston
The Frederick S. Pardee Center for the Study of the Longer-Range Future and the Latin American Studies Program at Boston University will cosponsor a mini-conference on "The Latin American Urban Experience: Crisis, Creativity, and Renewal" on Wednesday April 9, 2014 from 2 to 5 pm at the Pardee House. The event will include two panels, one featuring Boston University faculty and and the other featuring BU students discussing major issues and everyday life in Latin American cities.
Faculty panelists include Pardee Faculty Fellow Prof. Susan Eckstein (Department of Sociology) as moderator, Prof. David Carballo (Department of Archaeology), Prof. Adela Pineda(Department of Romance Languages), Prof. Ana Maria Reyes (Department of Art History), Prof. Jeff Rubin (Department of History), and Pardee Faculty Fellow Prof. Enrique Silva (Metropolitan College). The panel of BU students from Latin America, who will discuss their experiences in the region, includes Marlene Stoute (Panama City, Panama), Paola Peynetti Velazquez (Mexico City, Mexico), Daniela Barquet Hornback (San Juan, Puerto Rico), and Daniel Finco Matteo (Puerto la Cruz, Venezuela).
The conference will open with remarks from Pardee Center Director Anthony Janetos. Former Boston Mayor Thomas Menino, now co-director of the BU Initiative on Cities, will offer closing remarks, speaking on "The Latin American and Latino Experience in Boston."
Click here to register. The deadline for registration is Thursday, April 3.

Ambassador of India to the US: "India-U.S. Ties: The Long View"

April 17, 2014, 4:30 PM
Harvard Kennedy School, Belfer Center, Land Lecture Hall, Fourth Floor, 75 JFK Street, Cambridge
As part of the Harvard Kennedy School's South Asia Week 2014, hosted jointly by the India and South Asia Program and the Future of Diplomacy Project (Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, Harvard Kennedy School) and the South Asia Institute (Harvard University), the Ambassador of India to the United States will discuss the future development of the US-India relationship.
Dr. S. Jaishankar assumed his responsibilities as Ambassador of India to the United States in December 2013. Dr. Jaishankar comes to Washington, DC with more than three decades of diplomatic experience. Joining the Indian Foreign Service in 1977, Dr. Jaishankar has represented India's interests and fostered friendly working relationships in countries around the world.

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What Impact? Measuring Performance in the Social Sector

April 23, 2014, 4:15 PM

Harvard Kennedy School, Taubman Building, NYE C 5th Floor, 75 JFK Street, Cambridge

lnoor Ebrahim is an Associate Professor in the General Management Unit, and in the Social Enterprise Initiative, at the Harvard Business School. His research and teaching focus on the challenges of performance management, accountability, and governance facing social sector organizations. He is also affiliated with the Hauser Institute for Civil Society at the Center for Public Leadership, Harvard University. The Frontline with Faculty Series is a venue for Harvard faculty affiliated with the Hauser Institute to share their work and research with faculty colleagues, as well as students in an informal setting that will allow for spirited discussion, debate and exchange. The seminars link faculty experts from Harvard Schools and beyond on a wide range of topics.

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Global Tipping Points Series: "Understanding Muslim Societies"

April 24, 2014, 6:00 PM

University of New Hampshire, Manchester


Featuring Ellen Lust, a top political scientist of the Middle East at Yale University, will discuss politics in the Middle East and rising Muslim global powers. Her research has focused on the politics of authoritarianism and the prospects for development.


This event is free and open to the public. Advanced registration details at

Changing Brains: Conflict Resolution, Cooperation, and Well-Being

April 30, 2014, 7:00 - 9:00 PM

Museum of Science, Cahners Theater, 1 Science Park, Boston


Can we cultivate a society marked with more cooperation and less conflict? How can people learn not to hate others with values different from their own? Can we change the expression of our genes by training our minds? Embark on an exciting exploration of the brain's potential-to alter our bodies, to expand our horizons, and to heal our world.


Co-presented by the Museum of Science, Beyond Conflict, and the Conte Center for Mental Health Research @ Harvard. Program is free thanks to the Lowell Institute. 


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Self Help Africa: Change Makers Ball

May 9, 2014, 7:00 PM

Seaport Hotel, Seaport Lane, Boston.


Self Help Africa currently works in nine countries across Africa assisting rural entrepreneurs and small holder farmers to climb out of poverty. Our programs are designed to increase productivity and profits in three ways: (1) improving access to knowledge and farming inputs (2) providing access to finance and credit and (3) provide linkages to markets, both nationally and internationally. Please save the date for this Black Tie affair!


Cost: $250 - $15,000.


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Bikes Not Bombs 27th Annual Bike-A-Thon

June 8, 2014

Stony Brook Park, Boston


Join hundreds of other cyclists on June 8th, 2014, riding for social justice along one of our scenic routes through greater Boston. Your fundraising will go to support Bikes Not Bombs' Youth Programs and International Programs! After registering, you fundraise at least $150 to support Bikes Not Bombs' Youth Programs and International Programs. Your fundraising will go to support Bikes Not Bombs' Youth Programs and International Programs!


Celebrate your success with free food and music after the ride! Fun prizes will be awarded for riders and teams that go above and beyond. The rider after-party will be at the Stony Brook Park from noon - 5:30 pm.


For more information or to register, please click here.

Trips & Conferences 

#WomenLeading Philanthropy Symposium

April 2-3, 2014
Chicago, IL
Considering women's long history of philanthropy and activism for social causes, there is scant knowledge about the success of women as philanthropic leaders.  There is clearly a need to bring together the right people in the same space to have a multi-faceted conversation about women, leadership, philanthropy, and impact. #WomenLeading Philanthropy will address this knowledge gap. In highlighting women's leadership and impact, this symposium will provide a fresh perspective to better understand trends and developments in philanthropy.
For more information or to register, please click here.

NS4G Social Impact Conference
Know Your Place: Unleashing the Power of Local Philanthropy

April 7, 2014

Northeastern University, Curry Ballroom, Boston


The 2014 Social Impact Conference will explore opportunities for local funders in cities of all sizes to maximize their impact by aligning their philanthropic dollars with public and private investments and cross-sector approaches to contemporary urban challenges. Featuring Keynote Speaker Mayor Lisa A. Wong of Fitchburg, Massachusetts


The Social Impact Conference convenes nonprofit and foundation leaders, individual donors, funding intermediaries, policy makers, social entrepreneurs, faculty, students, and other social change agents to engage in shared learning about important topics in the social impact arena. Nonprofit and foundation leaders, donors, funding intermediaries, policy makers, social entrepreneurs, researchers, faculty, students, and others who share an interest in investing or securing resources for social impact are welcome to attend.


Please click here for a full schedule of the conference.


Registration for this event is free of charge and includes a continental breakfast. Participants will have the option of ordering a catered boxed lunch or visiting the Curry Student Center food court. Please click here to register.

Harvard International Development Conference

April 11-12, 2014
Harvard Kennedy School, 79 John F. Kennedy Street, Cambridge
The Inter­na­tional Devel­op­ment Con­fer­ence is ded­i­cated to fos­ter­ing and spark­ing new dia­logue between lead­ing aca­d­e­mics, prac­ti­tion­ers, pol­icy mak­ers and stu­dents con­cerned with cre­at­ing a bet­ter world. This year's con­fer­ence promises to be a par­tic­u­larly sig­nif­i­cant event as the 20th anniver­sary of the longest run­ning and largest stu­dent con­fer­ence at the Har­vard Kennedy School. This year's con­fer­ence will there­fore look both ret­ro­spec­tively at the last twenty years, and impor­tantly, for­ward to the next twenty years.
We have titled this year's con­fer­ence The Wrong Way? Forg­ing New Paths for Devel­op­ment. Over the course of the two days of the con­fer­ence, we will exam­ine the global forces that are dis­rupt­ing tra­di­tional mod­els of devel­op­ment, and how new orga­ni­za­tions and inno­va­tions are redefin­ing, redesign­ing, and find­ing new evi­dence for suc­cess­ful devel­op­ment.

For more information or to register, please click here.

Global Health & Innovation Conference

April 12-13, 2014

Yale University, New Haven, CT

The Global Health & Innovation Conference (#GHIC) is the world's leading and largest global health conference as well as the largest social entrepreneurship conference, with 2,200 professionals and students from all 50 states and more than 55 countries. This must-attend, thought-leading conference convenes leaders, changemakers, and participants from all sectors of global health, international development, and social entrepreneurship.

Cost: $195

Click here for a full schedule and list of presenters.

The National Forum on Family Philanthropy

May 7-9, 2014

The Charles Hotel, One Bennett Street, Cambridge


Designed with giving families in mind, the National Forum offers family members, trustees and senior executives in the field the opportunity to connect and learn together. We will explore critical issues facing donor families and experience a variety of perspectives, including some of the most thought-provoking leaders from philanthropy, the nonprofit sector, and business.


The National Forum on Family Philanthropy will not hold to traditional formats or offerings; our workshops, case studies, open format discussions, and small group retreats are designed to complement robust plenary sessions in new and exciting ways. Our theme of Inspiration, Revelation and Transformation was carefully selected to evoke the inspiring influence of peer stories, the revelations that come from sharing information, and the power these moments have to transform our sense of possibility.


Cost: $1695. Discounts available for NCFP Friends of the Family. To create a space for candid conversation and maximum engagement, we are capping registration for the National Forum to 250 attendees.


For more information or to register, please click here.

Humanitarian Technology: Science, Systems and Global Impact 2014

May 13-15, 2014
Marriott Courtyard, 777 Memorial Drive, Cambridge

HumTech 2014 will cover all aspects of technology, from science to systems, that have a global humanitarian impact. Specific areas of focus include humanitarian assistance, disaster response, health and disease management, international development, poverty alleviation, and emergency management. We expect a technically-focused audience, with good representation from academic institutions, government and non-government organizations. We are now accepting contributed talks - see our Call for Papers on the website.


For additional information, please click here or contact

IHRFG Funder Learning Visit to Brazil

May 20 - 22, 2014
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil


Alongside Brazil's increase in local wealth, there is--as in other emerging economies--a growing perception that international grantmakers are reducing funding for human rights efforts in that nation. At the same time, as Brazil prepares for two mega sporting events -- the 2014 World Cup and the 2016 Olympics -- a range of human rights abuses have intensified, from forced evictions to police mistreatment. What does the current human rights funding landscape look like in Brazil, and what trends does it imply for Latin America? What lessons does Brazil offer as representative of the changing dynamics of rights advocacy and philanthropy in emerging powers around the world? What is the interplay of local efforts with new initiatives among international human rights NGOs and funders in emerging economies?


Join us in Rio to:

  • Deepen your understanding of human rights issues and human rights philanthropy as they relate to emerging economies and shifts in global power dynamics.
  • Explore evolving north-south dynamics in human rights advocacy.
  • Gain insights from local and regional human rights advocates, activists, and grantmakers.
  • Understand the status and role of local philanthropy in the region, identifying opportunities for collaboration and promotion of the human rights field.
  • Exchange ideas and identify collaborative opportunities with peer grantmakers from around the world.

Cost: $500. IHRFG sets its participation fees with the aim of covering the costs of joint meals, venue rental, and other conference-related costs. Participants are responsible for their own travel and accommodation expenses.

Please click here to register. You may contact Keith Armstrong at with questions.

Council on Foundations 2014 Annual Conference

June 8-10, 2014
Washington Hilton, Washington D.C.


In 2014, the Council will host an expanded Annual Conference in Washington, D.C., from June 8-10 for all grantmaking foundations. The conference will allow Council members to network with leaders from across the philanthropic field, and will empower our members to elevate the broader goals and concerns of the sector.

The conference aims to create a cohesive attendee experience with general sessions relevant to all attendees and small group activities that deliver key take-home information and resources. Specific content tracks by foundation type and professional role will further ensure that you can access the most relevant content.


More information to come. For questions, please contact or 703-879-0645.

International Human Rights Funders Group

New York Conference

July 15-16, 2014
New York City, New York

IHRFG’s conferences are an opportunity for participating grantmakers to hear and engage with leading human rights practitioners, policy makers, scholars, and peers on timely human rights issues. These events serve as learning and networking forums that promote the exchange of information and collaboration among grantmakers. IHRFG’s convening events are only open to IHRFG members, invited speakers, and individuals eligible for membership. Staff whose functions are primarily fundraising at their grantmaking institution are not eligible for participation.

IHRFG charges a daily registration fee to help off-set the costs of food and beverages. Breakfast and lunch will be provided on both days. We encourage participation by grantmaking staff at all levels who are interested in exploring human rights.

The fees for the conference events are:

    Tuesday, July 15 only:                                    US$150

    Wednesday, July 16 only:                             US$150

    Both Tuesday and Wednesday:                    US$300

    Networking Reception (July 15):                  US$30

    Dinner-Dialogues (July 15):                           US$60

Registration will open soon.

For additional details or questions, please contact Keith Armstrong, IHRFG Program Assistant, at or 646-381-7586.

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