One of the most interesting—and eminently quotable—speakers at the GPF was former British Prime Minister Tony Blair who is engaged in an encore career leveraging his political experience for philanthropic purposes. A sample:
- On the odd journey of holding political office: “You start at your most popular and least capable and end at your most capable and least popular.”
- On being a member of a party not in power: “When you’re in the opposition, the saying IS the doing.”
- On his hopes for the Africa Governance Initiative which advises the presidents of several African countries on how they can relieve their people’s poverty: “Our ambitions with you is to wave the donor community goodbye.”
The Role of Capital for Impact
Jacqueline Novogratz, founder of the Acumen Fund unveiled new research from The Monitor Group outlining the various roles that different types of capital can play in supporting organizations from “blueprint to scale”. The report makes the case for the need for philanthropy in impact investing if donors and investors are to achieve the social change they seek: From Blueprint to Scale: The Case for Philanthropy in Impact Investing.
I’m sure I will have many more takeaways as I reflect on the dozens of conversations I had with donors, nonprofit leaders, policymakers and advisors, all focused on improving the lives of others. For those who could not attend in person, you can watch many of the sessions here and let us know what you take away.