Would very much like to thank Active Citizen Lenore Ealy of The Philanthropic Enterprise for forwarding an invitation to the Open Space Giving Conference to her network of conservative and libertarian thinkers. Included on the invitation list were these august names: Tony Woodlief, Adam Meyerson, Amy Kass, Barbara Elliott, Barbara Weaver Smith, Frederick Turner, Paul Brooks, William A. Schambra, Whitney L. Ball, Emily Chamlee-Wright, Glenn Main III, Richard B. Gunderman, Leslie Lenkowsky, and Jay Hein.
We are all committed to communities of giving at the grassroots level, as an index of a vibrant democratic society. How can we get a conversation going, and gifts and grants going, and volunteer efforts, to make that bi-partisan dream a reality? By ideology, or mythology, and "talking points," we may be divided, but what can we encourage in one another's practical efforts, since so much is at stake? What can we learn from one another that would advance our mutual goal - a more inclusive and thriving culture of giving, at all levels of our society? How can we help each other be more effective in our own giving?