Regional Leadership in Corporate Philanthropy and Social Investing

Wednesday, May 15, 2013
10:00 AM - 4:15 PM (9:30 AM registration)
Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco
101 Market Street
San Francisco, CA 94105

Sponsored by the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco in partnership with East Bay Community Foundation and City of San Jose.

Philanthropy has a long tradition in the United States as an honorable practice that provides mutually beneficial advantages for the donor and recipient. Beginning in the early 20th century, prominent and wealthy individuals such as Mellon and Rockefeller used their amassed fortunes to construct monuments for the public good such as universities, museums and hospitals which could benefit all of society. Fast forward 100 years, and the practice of philanthropy has extended beyond prominent personalities to include corporations. Increasingly, for-profit corporations are actively supporting causes that seek to solve social problems at their root, eliminate suffering, and in general upgrade the quality of life through art, science, education and charity. Beyond just charitable purposes, philanthropy has emerged as a way to increase positive visibility and promote a brand or image. Whatever the form or rationale, the role of philanthropy is as essential as it ever was.

This forum on Regional Leadership in Corporate Philanthropy will explore how and why companies in northern California are putting some of their profits toward philanthropic uses. Executives representing the breadth of industries in the region will discuss their methods for identifying the causes they support, engaging staff and evaluating the impact of their contribution. The interactive format of this forum will allow attendees to learn about organizations and strategies that are tackling the most pressing community development issues facing residents and workers in the region as well as contribute to the knowledge and practice of corporate philanthropy.


Lena Robinson
Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco