Slate 60 Conference Honoring Innovative Philanthropy Enters Second Year
President William J. Clinton, Michael J. Fox, Governor Eliot Spitzer, Sherry Lansing, Eli Broad, Carlos Slim Helu Among Featured Speakers
WASHINGTON, July 11, 2007—Slate Magazine today announced the second annual Slate 60 Conference on Innovative Philanthropy co-sponsored by Slate Magazine, The William J. Clinton Foundation and The University of Arkansas Clinton School of Public Service.
The event, which convenes America's most generous charitable donors, will take place at the Clinton Presidential Center in Little Rock, AR on October 21-22, 2007.
"The Slate 60 list began as a way to encourage the wealthiest segment of the population to compete for the title of 'most generous'," said Cliff Sloan, Publisher, Slate Magazine. "This conference is meant to move that spirit of giving into a larger exchange of ideas, to inspire innovation and evolution in how we think about philanthropy. We are very pleased that the Clinton Foundation and The University of Arkansas Clinton School of Public Service have again agreed to be co-sponsors."
Confirmed participants and speakers include:
- President William J. Clinton
- Governor Eliot Spitzer of New York
- Silda Wall Spitzer, First Lady of New York and founder of Children for Children
- Carlos Slim Helu, a businessman and philanthropist from Mexico who recently joined with President Clinton on a Latin American anti-poverty initiative
- Eli Broad, founder of the Broad Foundation and eight-time Slate 60 honoree
- Philanthropist Patricia Kluge of Virginia
- Michael J. Fox, the actor and founder of the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Research
- Dikembe Mutombo, NBA star and founder of the Dikembe Mutombo Foundation
- Sherry Lansing, former Chairman of Paramount Pictures, winner of a special Oscar® for philanthropy, and founder of the Sherry Lansing Foundation
- Jean-Guillaume de Tocqueville d'Herouville (a descendant of Alexis de Tocqueville and a leader of philanthropy in France)
- Robert E. Rubin, former Secretary of the Treasury
- Justin Rockefeller, founder of Generation Engage
- Joel Klein, Chancellor of New York City schools
Moderating the conference panels will be top journalists including George Stephanopoulos of ABC News, Charlie Rose of PBS, Jonathan Alter of Newsweek and Jacob Weisberg of Slate.
This year's conference will focus on current themes in philanthropy including "Philanthropy and the Environment," "Philanthropy and Education," "Rural Philanthropy," "Philanthropy and Health Care," "Philanthropy and the Next Generation," and "Philanthropy in an International Perspective."
Skip Rutherford, Dean of The University of Arkansas Clinton School of Public Service said, "We are excited to again co-sponsor the Slate 60 conference and continue to encourage philanthropic giving. Last year, our students in attendance found the experience both educational and inspirational and we look forward to another ground-breaking Conference this year."
"Innovative philanthropy is the core of the Clinton Foundation, and this conference brings together individuals who are making invaluable contributions with their ideas as well as their resources," added Bruce Lindsey, Chair of the Clinton Foundation.
At the 2006 conference, which also celebrated the 10th anniversary of the Slate 60 list, Mayor Michael Bloomberg said, "There's the U.S. News and World Report's 20 best American leaders, CNN's 10 biggest news stories, Time magazine's Person of the Year, and the issue I am waiting for: People magazine's top 10 sexiest mayors," Bloomberg said. "All kidding aside, I'm in much better company being in the Slate 60."
About the Slate 60:
The Slate 60 is Slate Magazine's annual list and analysis of the 60 Americans who have given the most to charity. It attempts to fuse two essential but conflicting aspects of the American character: generosity and competitiveness. In 1996, Slate editor Michael Kinsley was struck by remarks Ted Turner made in an interview with Maureen Dowd: The CNN founder bemoaned the influence of the Forbes 400 list of richest Americans, saying it discouraged the wealthy from giving away their money for fear of slipping down the rankings. Turner suggested that a list of charitable contributions could inspire rich Americans to compete in a more beneficial way. Kinsley thought such a list would be an important contribution to American journalism and civic life, and launched the list in 1996, Slate's first year in existence. Beginning in 2008, the Slate 60 list will be compiled by Slate reporters and editors using data from the Center on Philanthropy at Indiana University's Million Dollar List. The Slate 60 list for 2007 is available at www.slate.com/slate60/2007. Highlights from last year's Conference are available at www.slate.com/slate60.
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. Learn more about the work of the Clinton Foundation at www.clintonfoundation.org.
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.
About Slate Magazine:
Slate Magazine is an award-winning Web site that offers fresh angles on stories in the news and innovative entertainment coverage. Slate won the 2006 and 2005 EPpy awards for Best Internet News Service (over 1 million monthly visitors) and the 2005 EPpy award for Best Internet Entertainment Service (over 1 million monthly visitors). Slate can be found on the Web at www.slate.com and is owned by The Washington Post Company. Slate attracts over five million unique visitors each month.