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On Thursday, October 7 the World Affairs Council and Global Philanthropy Forum hosted the 2010 Awards Dinner. The event celebrated technology and social innovation for the public good and honored individuals and organizations who are leaders in this field. The honorees were: John Hennessey, President of Stanford University; The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation; and Paul Otellini, President and Chief Executive Officer of Intel Corporation. After receiving their awards, Hennessey and Otellini, along with Hewlett Foundation President Paul Brest, spoke in conversation with Jane Wales. Watch an excerpt of their conversation here:

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Friday evening, William and Flora Hewlett Foundation president Paul Brest posted his third Huffington Post piece related to the controversial National Committee for Responsible Philanthropy (NCRP) report entitled, Criteria for Philanthropy at its Best. In this installment, he takes on the NCRP recommendation that 50 percent of all foundation support be directed toward unrestricted General Operating Support (GOS). The article provides a thoughtful overview of the various reasons to provide GOS in some situations, while noting that program support is appropriate in other circumstances. In the end, Brest concludes that foundations must retain the flexibility to judge — and should be trusted to make wise decisions about — whether GOS or program support is the preferred option.

Mr. Brest will be one of the close to 100 speakers at the upcoming Global Philanthropy Forum annual conference in Washington, DC on Aprill 22-24.

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There’s an interesting discussion going on at Paul Brest‘s Strategic Philanthropy blog on The Huffington Post.  He and colleague Sean Stannard-Stockton of Tactical Philanthropy are discussing Paul’s 8 point framework for strategic philanthropy.  The main point of contention at this point centers around the validity of using a static “theory of change” in the dynamic, ever-changing social landscape in which philanthropy operates.

We look forward to a lively exchange on all sides – between Paul and Sean, and from reader contributions to the discussion.

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