Slate 60 Conference to Gather Decade's Top Philanthropists at Clinton Presidential Library
President Clinton, Ted Turner, William H. Gates Sr. To Speak at Conference on Innovative Philanthropy
(NEW YORK, Aug. 14, 2006)—Slate Magazine today announced an event that will convene America's most generous charitable donors.
The Slate 60 Conference on Innovative Philanthropy will take place at the Clinton Presidential Library in Little Rock, Ark., on Nov. 12 and 13, 2006. It is co-sponsored by Slate Magazine, the Clinton Foundation and the University of Arkansas Clinton School of Public Service.
President Clinton will attend the conference and give a keynote address. Other confirmed participants include CNN founder and philanthropist Ted Turner, whose challenge led to the creation of the Slate 60, and William H. Gates Sr., co-chair of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.
In 1996, Ted Turner suggested that, just as there's the Forbes magazine list of the 400 wealthiest Americans, there should be a list of the Americans who give the most to charity each year.Slate (www.slate.com) quickly took up the challenge, publishing a list of the 60 Americans who give the most to charity each year and analyzing their contributions. Since 2001, the Slate 60 list has been compiled by The Chronicle of Philanthropy and published each year by Slate.
The conference at the Clinton Library marks the 10th anniversary of the Slate 60. In addition to President Clinton, Mr. Turner, and Mr. Gates, several other noted philanthropists will speak at the conference.
People who have appeared on the Slate 60 list include Turner, Bill and Melinda Gates, Oprah Winfrey, Michael Dell, Pierre Omidyar, David Rockefeller, Michael Bloomberg, Warren Buffett, Peter Lynch, Steve Case, and many others.
Invited guests will include all living people named on the Slate 60 lists in the last 10 years; family members of people who were listed and are not alive, and luminaries and experts in the world of philanthropy. The gathering will feature panel discussions, keynote speakers and a dinner honoring the attendees. The conference will be Webcast on Slate.com, and a special section of Slate will highlight innovations in philanthropy.
"The people who have appeared on theSlate 60 over the past decade have distinguished themselves, not just with their generosity, but also with the tremendous impact of their gifts on the issues they have chosen to address," said Cliff Sloan, publisher of Slate. "This event honors them and creates a forum for a high-level exchange of ideas on the ways philanthropy can make a difference. It will help take philanthropy to the next level of innovation and effectiveness."
"We're honored and excited to support this summit of philanthropists who have given the concept of one person making a difference a whole new dimension," said Skip Rutherford, dean of the Clinton School. "As a school of public service, we are constantly striving to explore new ideas and new means of serving people in need. This conference should facilitate an exchange of ideas and expose our students and faculty to a wonderful educational opportunity."
The Little Rock Convention and Visitors Bureau is also supporting the event.
About the Clinton Foundation:
The mission of the William J. Clinton Foundation is to strengthen the capacity of people in the United States and throughout the world to meet the challenges of global interdependence. To advance this mission, the Clinton Foundation has developed programs and partnerships in the following areas: Climate Change; Health Security with a focus on HIV/AIDS and Childhood Obesity; Economic Empowerment; Leadership Development and Citizen Service; and Sustainable Development.
About the Clinton School of Public Service
The only graduate school in the nation offering a Master of Public Service (MPS) degree, the University of Arkansas Clinton School of Public Service helps students gain knowledge and experience to further their careers in the areas of nonprofit, governmental, volunteer or private sector work. For more information, visit www.clintonschool.uasys.edu.
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