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International Perspectives on Trends in Philanthropy

August 9 @ 12:00 pm1:00 pm EDT

Free Webinar: International Perspectives on Trends in Philanthropy

Part of the Johnson Center’s 30th Anniversary Summer Learning Series

This program is the second in a three-part series marking our 30th anniversary. Join us again on September 13 for the third and final webinar in the series!

The philanthropic sector is an ecosystem: a web of interdependent actors, infinitely variable, striving constantly to build something greater than the sum of its parts. Each nonprofit, foundation, donor, community, or network is affected differently by our national and global zeitgeist.

But as each player adapts to changes in that context, the sum of those many reactions can become a force of its own.

In this webinar, philanthropic leaders and researchers from Brazil, Canada, and Mexico join us to discuss how nonprofits and foundations in their nations are responding to the same — and different — forces at work in the U.S.


Moderator: Michael D. Layton, Johnson Center for Philanthropy (U.S.)
Price: Free
Format: Virtual

Who should attend?
This event is free and open to the public! The program is designed for anyone interested in the changing field of philanthropy and the nonprofit sector. Please note this workshop will be recorded and shared with registrants and on the Johnson Center website after the live session.

Questions about this event or about your registration?
Call 616-331-7585 or email jcp@gvsu.edu.

Headshot of Sameera Mehra
Sameera Mehra, M.Sc., is the Collective Intelligence and Advocacy Director at WINGS, based in São Paulo, Brazil. Before WINGS, Sameera worked with the Charities Aid Foundation. Sameera worked with partners across several countries to grow giving and strengthen civil society resilience. Previous work experiences include setting up an NGO in Canada, a partnership project in India, and consultancy projects for several NGOs. She also worked in banking spanning roles in leadership, project management, and change transformation.

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Susan Phillips, Ph.D., is a Professor and Supervisor of the Master of Philanthropy and Nonprofit Leadership (MPNL) program in the School of Public Policy and Administration at Carleton University in Ottawa, Canada. Her research focuses on comparative public policy for the nonprofit sector and on place-based philanthropy. She served as Editor-in-Chief of Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Quarterly, the leading international journal in the field, from 2016-2022. Susan is co-editor of the Routledge Companion to Philanthropy (2016) and the first book on disaster philanthropy (2023), among other works. Susan has been a Fellow at the Australian Centre for Philanthropy and Nonprofit Studies, Queensland University of Technology, and the nonprofit program at the University of Pennsylvania; and is currently an Associate of the Centre for Philanthropy and Public Good, University of St Andrews, Scotland, and a member of the Advisory Committee for the Mott Chair in Community Philanthropy at the Lilly Family School of Philanthropy in the U.S. Her work in advancing research in nonprofit studies has been recognized by a Distinguished Service Award from the Association of Nonprofit and Social Economy Research.

Headshot of Ana María Sánchez Rodríguez
Ana María Sánchez Rodríguez, Ph.D., is the coordinator of the knowledge hub at Cemefi based in Mexico City, Mexico. She holds a Ph.D. in public policy from the University of Massachusetts, Boston, and an M.Sc. in NGO Management from the London School of Economics and Political Science. She has worked on human rights and social development at the federal and local governmental levels in Mexico. She was selected as an Inter-American Grassroots Development Fellow for the 2015–16 cycle and the Irish Research Council Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions (MSCA) COFUND Postdoctoral Fellowship programme in 2017. She has explored scaling up good practices in Latin America, Africa, and Southeast Asia with a focus on disability and gender.

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Michael D. Layton, Ph.D., is the W.K. Kellogg Community Philanthropy Chair at the Dorothy A. Johnson Center for Philanthropy at Grand Valley State University in Grand Rapids, Michigan (U.S.). Michael brings a wealth of experience to this role, including his work as a researcher, teacher, director, advocate, and consultant. He has worked closely with a mix of community philanthropy organizations throughout the Americas, and brings to his position a nuanced understanding of the unique challenges and capacities of community philanthropy to act as a catalyst in promoting community-led development and in strengthening the local context for philanthropy. Learn more about Dr. Layton.


August 9
12:00 pm–1:00 pm EDT
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