National Strategy Dialog

The Healthy Democracy Coalition convened business owners, investors, philanthropists, and grant-makers together with select leaders of HDC chapters and allies, to discuss the structures, strategies and priorities of our ongoing journey to cultivate greater cross-partisan philanthropic learning and collaboration.

We gathered in Dallas, Texas on April 25th & 26th, 2019, as part of EarthX.

Note that participation in this first national HDC event was by invitation and application only.

Together we asked:
What is the value of cross-partisan connection and learning?
What are leading examples of cross-partisan philanthropic collaboration?
What cross-partisan outreach and inclusion strategies have been successful?
How can cross-partisan philanthropists connect and collaborate, both locally and nationally?
How can we set priorities as a national network?
What issues should we focus on? Which should we avoid?
What are leading strategies to address redistricting, voting issues, and electoral reform?
What are leading strategies to advance immigration, criminal justice and education reform?
What is an HDC chapter? What happens at HDC dinners? What are the results to date?

Partial List of Presenters:
Adam Kissel, Director of Civic and Higher Education Programs, Philanthropy Roundtable
Amy Holdsman, Founder, Essential Leadership
Ben Rekhi, Film Director, Ben Rekhi Productions
Bill Kristol, Former Editor-At-Large, The Weekly Standard
Dana Ackley, CEO, EQ Leader Inc.
Daniel Penchina, Executive Director, Voices for Progress
Debilyn Molineaux, Executive Director, Bridge Alliance
Fred Smith, Founder, The Gathering
Jeff Clements, Board Member, Clements Family Foundation
Joe Goldman, President, Democracy Fund
Jonah Wittkamper, President, Healthy Democracy Coalition / NEXUS
Joshua Silver, Co-Founder & Director, RepresentUs
Kristen Cambell, Executive Director, Philanthropy for Active Civic Engagement
Loren Bendele, CEO, Gell
Mark Gerzon, Founder and President, Mediators Foundation
Mary Ann Thompson-Frenk, President, Memnosyne Foundation
Paul Kang, President, Alta Capital Group
Rob Stein, Founder Emeritus, Democracy Alliance
Rod Richardson, President, Grace Richardson Fund
Sam Mar, VP, Laura & John Arnold Foundation / Arnold Ventures
Steven Lipscomb, Managing Director, Practicrats LLC
Thomas Q. Johns, Vital Signs Monitor Engineer, Memnosyne Foundation
Trammell Crow, Founder, EarthX
Usman Waheed, Advisor, World Congress of Muslim Philanthropists

See the Agenda

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