Philanthropy Unfiltered: A Podcast Series on Giving, Innovation, & Social Change

Our team learns so much from some of the leading voices in philanthropy & the nonprofit sector. Often, we’ve wondered, “How can we share what we’re learning with a broader audience?

That’s why the Center for High Impact Philanthropy, in partnership with Ubuntu Education Fund, produced Philanthropy Unfiltered. Philanthropy Unfiltered is an eight-episode podcast series featuring candid conversations (think Inside the Actor’s Studio) with people who are pushing the nonprofit & philanthropic sector to think differently about what it really takes to achieve higher impact.

Philanthropy Unfiltered is hosted by Jacob Lief, Founder and CEO of Ubuntu Education Fund, a nonprofit organization that takes vulnerable children in the townships of Port Elizabeth, South Africa from cradle to career. Episodes highlight innovative practices in the field, debunk myths about the nonprofit sector, and address some of the most controversial issues related to giving and social change, including overhead, sustainability, and impact. Guests draw on their expertise from a variety of backgrounds – including social entrepreneurship, advocacy, journalism, and more – to challenge the status quo dialogue on giving, innovation, and social change.

Guests include:

  • Matthew Bishop, Globalization Editor of The Economist and author of Philanthrocapitalism: How Giving Can Save the World, discusses the role of the media in philanthropy and what “philanthrocapitalism” means for 21st-century giving.
  • Abigail Disney, Filmmaker & Philanthropist, describes her unique path to philanthropy, how film is her tool for good, and the importance of asking philanthropists the hard questions that lead to higher impact.
  • Jacob Harold is President & CEO of GuideStar, the world’s largest source of information on non-profit organizations. Find out why he believes there are “no numbers without stories, and no stories without numbers” in the age of big data.
  • Rob Kaplan is President & CEO of Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas and Co-Chair of Draper Richards Kaplan Foundation. Tune in for his perspective on social entrepreneurship and bridging private sector experience with non-profit work.
  • Steve Nardizzi, CEO of Wounded Warrior Project, explores how the growth of his organization has stirred up debate over non-profit executive pay, overhead, & fundraising- and what he hopes the sector can learn from his experiences.
  • Dan Pallotta is Founder & Chief Humanity Officer of Advertising for Humanity. His TED Talk has been viewed over 3.6 million times and sparked a new dialogue on non-profit spending. Hear his take on what’s holding the sector back from greater impact.
  • Dina Powell, Head of Impact Investing at Goldman Sachs & President of the Goldman Sachs Foundation, discusses the role of impact investing in driving sustainable growth, job creation and community revitalization and how the public, private, and non-profit sectors can work together to make the biggest impact.
  • Marissa Sackler, Philanthropist & Founder of the non-profit incubator Beespace, shares her thoughts on philanthropic inspiration, setting non-profits up for success, & turning passion into impact- even if it means making mistakes along the way.

These are conversations you won’t want to miss.

 Click here to listen to the 98-second series trailer. All episodes available for free on iTunes.