The Philanthropy Roundtable is America’s leading network of charitable donors working to strengthen our free society, uphold donor intent, and protect the freedom to give. Our members include individual philanthropists, families, and private foundations.
“The Roundtable is the leading voice in philanthropy for objectivity, integrity, open-mindedness, and stewardship with a commitment to measurable results.”
—John M. Templeton Jr., chairman and president, John Templeton Foundation
We currently provide five principal services:
Annual Meeting: The Annual Meeting is The Philanthropy Roundtable’s premier event for foundation trustees and philanthropic professionals committed to exploring, collaborating and solving our nation’s greatest problems through meaningful and effective philanthropy.
- The Philanthropy Roundtable is greatly honored to have been asked by the William E. Simon Foundation to administer the William E. Simon Prize for Philanthropic Leadership.
“The Philanthropy Roundtable hosts what may be the most intellectually stimulating meetings in the field of philanthropy.”
—Paul Brest, former president, William and Flora Hewlett Foundation
- Regional Meetings: Held across the country throughout the year, our regional meetings assemble grantmakers to develop strategies, programmatic solutions, and effective innovations for local, state, and national giving. Donors hear from top experts and practitioners in fields like K-12 education, economic opportunity, conservation, higher education, national security, and other noteworthy topics and learn how to apply sound policy to their philanthropy.
- Philanthropy: The Roundtable’s quarterly magazine is packed with beautifully written real-life stories. It offers practical examples, inspiration, careful analysis, history, and clear guidance on the differences between giving that is great and giving that disappoints.
“Both the quality and the content of Philanthropy are excellent.”
—Vartan Gregorian, president, Carnegie Corporation of New York
- Guidebooks: We publish a series of Wise Giver’s Guides which provide detailed information on the very best ways to be effective in particular aspects of philanthropy. These guidebooks are compact, brisk, and readable. Most focus on one particular area of giving—for instance, Catholic schools, support for veterans, anti-poverty programs, and technology in education. Real-life examples, hard numbers, management experiences of other donors, recent history, and policy guidance are presented to inform and inspire savvy donors.
- Alliance for Charitable Reform: The Alliance for Charitable Reform (ACR) works to advance the principles and to preserve the rights of private giving. A project of The Philanthropy Roundtable, ACR educates legislators and policymakers about the central role of charitable giving in American life and the crucial importance of protecting philanthropic freedom—the ability of individuals and private organizations to determine how and where to direct their charitable assets. Active in Washington, D.C., and in the states, ACR seeks to prevent policies that would diminish charitable giving, limit the diversity of charitable causes Americans support, or place undue government regulations on philanthropic organizations. ACR encourages thought, discussion, and debate on issues of charity and public policy because of its core belief that our nation’s capacity for private initiative to address problems must not be burdened with costly or crippling constraints.
Read about the history of The Philanthropy Roundtable here.