Philanthropy’s Role in Moving Beyond Political Divisions

Minneapolis Ballroom ABCD

Political polarization and division seems to be deepening in the United States. While America has always valued pluralism, American society continues to face structural challenges in dealing with deeply different viewpoints, values, and perspectives among its citizens. This plenary will explore the roots of — and solutions to — deep division, the implications for philanthropy, and examples in which funders have worked across differences in pursuit of shared goals. Questions to be explored include: What is the role of philanthropy in bridging divides? How does political division impede the pursuit of philanthropic goals? What is to be done?