Putting Wealth to Work

Thursday, March 22, 2018 - 5:00pm EDT
IU Lilly Family School of Philanthropy
University Hall, Room 1006, 301 University Blvd Indianapolis, IN
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30th Anniversary Speaker Series

Joel Fleishman, Professor of Law and Public Policy, Duke University

Hosted by Lilly Family School of Philanthropy



The U.S. nonprofit sector is poised for a transformation in the coming decades, with the nation’s largest transfer of wealth expected to pour $500 billion annually into the sector and new trends in giving portending larger-scale and more innovative forms of grant making by the country’s most prominent philanthropists.

Philanthrocapitalism has acquired some of the trappings of financialization and may have the potential to deliver even greater impact. But will it? And will a focus on short-term impact mean that longer-term institution building will be neglected?

In his 30th Anniversary Speaker Series lecture, Joel L. Fleishman draws on insights from his new book, Putting Wealth to Work, to both tell the unprecedented story of this movement of socially motivated capital and how it may unavoidably change the American economy and the world at large.

About Joel Fleishman
Mr. Fleishman is professor of law and public policy at the Sanford School of Public Policy at Duke University. He served as Legal Assistant to Governor Terry Sanford, the School’s namesake, in 1961-65. 

He joined the Duke faculty in 1971, was founding director of what is now the Sanford School of Public Policy, and has served Duke as vice president, senior vice president and first senior vice president. Taking part-time leave from Duke from 1993-2003, he became president of The Atlantic Philanthropic Service Company (NYC), the U.S. program staff of Atlantic Philanthropies. 

Mr. Fleishman is a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the author of The Foundation: A Great American Secret--How Private Wealth is Changing the World, published in 2007 by PublicAffairs Books and released in paperback in 2009. Another book, which he co-authored with Tom Tierney, chairman of The Bridgespan Group, entitled Give Smart: Philanthropy that Gets Results, was released in March 2011. His latest book, Putting Money to Work: Philanthropy Now or Investing for the Future? is expected to be released in Fall 2017.

He is director of the Sanford School’s Center for Strategic Philanthropy and Civil Society and Director of the Sanford School’s Samuel and Ronnie Heyman Center for Ethics, Public Policy and the Professions. On Founders’ Day, October 1, 2009, Duke presented Mr. Fleishman with one of the University’s highest honors, the University Medal for Meritorious Service.

He was Chairman of the Board of Trustees of The Urban Institute until stepping down in May 2014, and he currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Ralph Lauren Corporation. On a lighter note, he was the Wine Columnist for Vanity Fair for eight years.

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