Announcing the 2012 Philanthropy Fellows Conference

By on April 16, 2012

We are happy to announce that we have partnered with the Centro de Investigação e Estudos de Sociologia at the Instituto Universitário de Libsoa (CIES-IUL) to bring the 21st convening of the International Fellows in Philanthropy Conference to Lisbon, Portugal. The Conference will be held on the stunning and historic grounds of the Calouste Gulbenkinan Foundation in the heart of Lisbon from July 4th – 6th 2012. The Conference is sponsored by the Gulbenkian Foundation, the EDP Foundation, and the Câmara Municipal de Lisboa. You can download the draft agenda here.
The force behind bringing this Conference to Lisbon has been Mr. Jorge Barreto Xavier, Assistant Professor Public Policies on Culture at Lisbon University Institute (ISCTE-IUL). Mr. Baretto, who also served as Director General for the Arts at the Portuguese Ministry of Culture from 2008-2010, is the lead organizer in Portugal, and is bringing together an impressive array of Portuguese arts experts and scholastic luminaries to discuss the Portuguese experience in these difficult financial times. These local participants will have the opportunity to exchange experiences and innovations with members of the Johns Hopkins Philanthropy Fellows network and international participants from the U.S. and beyond.

THE JOHNS HOPKINS PHILANTHROPY FELLOWS CONFERENCES. The Johns Hopkins International Fellows in Philanthropy Program brings nonprofit researchers and practitioners from around the world to pursue in-depth research at the Johns Hopkins Center for Civil Society Studies. Over 140 Fellows have participated in this program since its inception in 1988, representing 53 countries, covering virtually every continent and region of the world. The result is a vibrant network of nonprofit professionals who share a common set of experiences and a common base of knowledge about the operations of the nonprofit sector in different parts of the world.
The Philanthropy Fellows Conferences are an integral part of this Fellows program. Each Conference focuses on the civil society sector of the host country, providing a unique opportunity to mobilize host-country nonprofit organizations, and exposing them to the experiences of practitioners and researchers in the field in countries ranging from Germany to Kenya to Australia. These conferences thus have the potential to contribute to the development of the host-country nonprofit sector and to create new opportunities for collaboration, learning, and innovation among participants that can have positive impacts in their home countries as well.

THE LISBON CONFERENCE: ARTS & ECONOMIC CRISIS: OPPORTUNITIES FOR THE THIRD SECTOR? The crucial role played by the arts in promoting the social and economic health of societies is widely recognized around the world. Reflecting this, the countries of Europe have traditionally supported the arts through government policies of robust subsidy and promotion, but this tradition has been threatened by the current economic crisis and the austerity measures to which it has given rise. With private institutions suffering as well, arts institutions and the societal contributions they make face a crisis, and are adapting their fundraising strategies to cope. These challenges are already in evidence in Portugal, where government support of the arts has recently been slashed severely.
The Johns Hopkins International Fellows in Philanthropy Conference in Portugal in 2012 is designed to provide a unique international venue for considering the challenges facing nonprofit arts institutions, both in Portugal and internationally.
The Conference will feature an array of speakers and commenters from Portugal, as well as Fellows with both academic and field-based expertise in the arts, fundraising, and the non-profit sector around the world, providing a forum for a robust exchange of experiences and innovations.
The agenda is posted on the Conference page. Be sure to subscribe to this blog or follow us on Twitter or Facebook to read posts about the organizers, the Conference program, and a variety of reflections and outcomes following the event itself.