2019 Cafritz Lecture on Philanthropy, featuring Grant Oliphant

Wednesday, February 6, 2019
9:00am to 11:30am EST
Studio Theatre
1501 14th Street NW
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The Cafritz Lecture on Philanthropy is an annual event that brings national philanthropic leaders to the Greater Washington region to highlight trends, challenges, and opportunities that will affect our work in the years ahead.

What Courageous Philanthropy Looks Like in 2019

The 2019 Cafritz Lecturer on Philanthropy is Grant Oliphant, president of the Heinz Endowments. For the past two years, Oliphant has used his position as a national philanthropic leader to galvanize funders to respond to the ever-growing threats to their values of equity, inclusivity, and justice. In his words, “Contrary to our sector’s perpetual delight in misusing the iconic quote, the arc of the moral universe emphatically does not bend towards justice—it curves in the direction that sustained effort by passionate and dedicated people makes it bend.” Grant Oliphant will share his vision for what courageous philanthropy must look like in 2019 and beyond.

RegistrationThis event is open to members of the Greater Washington region's philanthropic community.
Members: Free. Please login to register online.
Non-Member Funders: $50/person. Email Rebekah Seder, seder(at)washingtongrantmakers.org, to register.

9:00-9:30am: Registration & Breakfast (Please note: food is not allowed in the theater during the program).
9:30am - 11:30am: Program

About Grant Oliphant

Grant Oliphant is president of The Heinz Endowments. He rejoined the foundation in 2014, after serving as president and CEO of The Pittsburgh Foundation for six years. For nearly two decades, Grant held several senior management posts with Heinz family foundations, including VP for programs and planning at the Endowments. He also served as press secretary to the late U.S. Sen. John Heinz from 1988 until the senator’s death in 1991.

Grant frequently leads community conversations around critical issues such as public school reform, civic design, the ongoing sustainability of anchor institutions, domestic violence, riverfront development and various socio-economic concerns. He has taken a prominent role in building advocacy programs to support the work of local nonprofits and the families and individuals they serve. He serves extensively on the boards of local nonprofit and national sector organizations, including the Center for Effective Philanthropy, which he chairs.

Grant is a board member of the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust, which oversees the city’s celebrated Cultural District; The Allegheny Conference on Community Development; and the Pittsburgh Advisory Board of the Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland. Grant has served on the boards of Grantmakers Evaluation Network, the National Children’s Book and Literacy Alliance, and as board chairman of the Communications Network, a nonprofit membership organization that promotes strategic use of communications as part of effective philanthropy.

 Grant was founding editor of American Politics, a monthly political magazine. Grant received a Master of Science degree in organizational development from Pepperdine University and a Bachelor of Arts from Swarthmore College. He lectures frequently on communications, leadership and organizational dynamics.

The Cafritz Lecture on Philanthropy is generously sponsored by:


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