Tactical Philanthropy Forum: Featuring Paul Brest and Bill Somerville


The Tactical Philanthropy Forum is a regular gathering of the thinkers and doers who are building a new and better social sector. This event will feature a conversation with Paul Brest, president of The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation and Bill Somerville, president and founder of the Philanthropic Ventures Foundation. Sean Stannard-Stockton, author of the Tactical Philanthropy blog will act as moderator.

The conversation will examine the tradeoffs between a philanthropy driven by strategic, big picture issues and a grassroots approach to giving that focuses on funding outstanding individuals. Paul Brest is the author of the newly released book Money Well Spent: A Strategic Guide to Smart Philanthropy. Bill Somerville is the author of Grassroots Philanthropy: Field Notes of a Maverick Grantmaker. Sean Stannard-Stockton is director of tactical philanthropy at Ensemble Capital Management, author of the Financial Times column On Philanthropy and a member of the World Economic Forum’s council on Philanthropy and Social Investing.

Like all Tactical Philanthropy Forum events, the conversation will center on real world applications and is designed for a cross-disciplinary audience. Anyone and everyone interested in a new and better social sector are encouraged to participate. Both social sector professionals and individual donors will enjoy the evening’s event. All attendees are asked to follow a strict policy of non-solicitation.

Please join us beginning at 6:00pm for wine and hors d’oeuvres. Both authors will be available to sign copies of their books immediately following the conversation. Please arrive early enough to allow time to clear security at the main entrance.

The event is being held in the main conference room of Hanson Bridgett, LLP, 425 Market Street, 26th Floor, San Francisco, CA. Hanson Bridgett, LLP is a full service law firm with a mission to help sustainable businesses succeed and foster the growth of the sustainable business community overall.

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