Philanthropy Unfiltered

Philanthropy Unfiltered


We’re changing the conversation on philanthropy & social change.

Join us for an eight-episode podcast series featuring conversations on giving, innovation, and social change- unfiltered. Introduced by our founding executive director Katherina Rosqueta and hosted by Ubuntu Pathways founder and CEO Jacob Lief, the series highlights innovative practices in the field, debunks myths about the nonprofit sector, and addresses some of the most controversial issues related to giving and social change, including overhead, sustainability, and impact. Episodes feature leading voices in the field who draw their expertise from a variety of backgrounds- including social entrepreneurship, advocacy, journalism, and more- to challenge the status quo dialogue. All episodes are available for free, below, and on iTunes and YouTube.

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Philanthropy Unfiltered is a collaboration between the Center for High Impact Philanthropy at the University of Pennsylvania and Ubuntu Pathways, a non-profit organization that takes vulnerable children in the townships of Port Elizabeth, South Africa from cradle to career.


Episode 1: Matthew Bishop

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.

Episode 2: Abigail Disney

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.

Episode 3: Jacob Harold

Jacob Harold is the 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.

Episode 4: Rob Kaplan

Rob Kaplan is the 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.

Episode 5: Steve Nardizzi

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.

Episode 6: Dan Pallotta

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.

Episode 7: Dina Powell

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.

About the Host

Jacob Lief is Co-Founder and CEO of Ubuntu Education Fund, a non-profit organization that takes vulnerable children in Port Elizabeth, South Africa from cradle to career. Nuancing traditional development models, Ubuntu redefined the theory of “going to scale”; rather than expanding geographically, they focus on the depth rather than breadth of their programs within a community of 400,000 people. Ubuntu’s programs form an integrated system of medical, health, educational and social services, ensuring that a child who is either orphaned or vulnerable could succeed in the world of higher education and employment. Ubuntu’s child-centered approach highlights the difference between merely touching a child’s life versus fundamentally changing it.

In 2009, Jacob was selected as an Aspen Institute Global Fellow and, in 2010, he was recognized by the World Economic Forum as a Young Global Leader. In 2012, he joined the Clinton Global Initiative Advisory Committee. In 2014, he was a lecturer at the University of Pennsylvania. Jacob has authored a book, I Am Because You Are, which was published by Rodale Inc. in May 2015.