This Slate event should create a big media buzz around philanthropy:
President Clinton, Ted Turner, William H. Gates Sr. To Speak at Conference on Innovative Philanthropy
(NEW YORK, Aug. 14, 2006)—Slate Magazine today announced an event that will convene America's most generous charitable donors.
The Slate 60 Conference on Innovative Philanthropy will take place at the Clinton Presidential Library in Little Rock, Ark., on Nov. 12 and 13, 2006. It is co-sponsored by Slate Magazine, the Clinton Foundation and the University of Arkansas Clinton School of Public Service.
President Clinton will attend the conference and give a keynote address. Other confirmed participants include CNN founder and philanthropist Ted Turner, whose challenge led to the creation of the Slate 60, and William H. Gates Sr., co-chair of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.
In 1996, Ted Turner suggested that, just as there's the Forbes magazine list of the 400 wealthiest Americans, there should be a list of the Americans who give the most to charity each year. Slate (www.slate.com) quickly took up the challenge, publishing a list of the 60 Americans who give the most to charity each year and analyzing their contributions. Since 2001, the Slate 60 list has been compiled by The Chronicle of Philanthropy and published each year by Slate.
The conference at the Clinton Library marks the 10th anniversary of the Slate 60. In addition to President Clinton, Mr. Turner, and Mr. Gates, several other noted philanthropists will speak at the conference.