Celebrating New Tools for Inspired Philanthropy
Our Giving by Design event was a huge success! Around 100 people joined us at the 92Y Tribeca to celebrate our Where Do You Give? winners and engage in deep conversation about where we give, to whom and why.
The event was only part of a two-day-long celebration. What did we do, who did we talk to, and how did we celebrate the competition that sparked a new kind of conversation about philanthropy? Let’s find out.
Two of our competition winners – Lily Feinberg and Michael Cohn Moreau, along with Michael’s wife Elizabeth – arrived in New York from Nashville and Washington, D.C (as our third winner, Doug, was still in Uganda with Global Circle). They spent the day touring New York, and then joined the Where Do You Give? Team – Sasha, Mia, Stephanie and Miri – for dinner on the Upper West Side. The few hours we spent together, chowing down on unmatched and delicious vegan fare were some of the most exciting and enlightening of this project. We talked giving, art, family history, city life, and just about everything in between.
Today’s the day! We kicked off the morning by welcoming Lily, Michael and Elizabeth to our office, where they enjoyed some authentic New York bagels and learned more about AJWS as an organization, its work and its mission. They met with members of our Executive team, including Robert Bank and Aaron Dorfman and made some really exciting connections for the future. We were so glad to see the conversation continue with these talented artists!
After, we were joined by over 30 AJWS staff members for a brown bag lunch, where Michael and Lily presented their designs and staff members had the opportunity to ask the artists questions firsthand.
After finishing up their NY Tourist List, we all headed down to 92YTribeca where the fun began!
Giving by Design kicked off with wine, hors d’oeuvres, and some exciting conversation (what it’s all about!).
We watched a a special video message from Doug Burnett, aforementioned Grand Prize winner in the tzedakah box category for his “Vending Box,” which he filmed while in Uganda with Global Circle. Our three speakers—Rebecca Stone, former AJWS Development professional and Global Circle Fundraising Chair; Karen Pittleman, author of Resource Generation’s Classified: How to Stop Hiding Your Privilege and Use It For Social Change and co-founder of the Chahara Foundation; and Ryan Clifford, a WDYG judge, Faculty Director of the MICA Design Coalition and Associate Director of MICA’s Center for Design Practice were prompted to answer, “What do you hope for the future of philanthropy?” They gave varied and provocative answers that touched on everything from Talmudic scholars to socially conscious design. The conversation then continued among our 90+ guests around our chalkboard wall, art exhibit and new connections made that evening.
See photos of the event here!