Editor's Welcome

International Philanthropy

Welcome to the Spring 2014 edition of Philanthropy NYU.  As our world becomes increasingly interconnected, we are constantly made aware of the complex issues impacting communities throughout the globe. The proliferation of communication technologies allows donors the opportunity to develop strategies, raise money, and fund solutions for these myriad issues.  Given the opportunities and complexities which confront the philanthropic community in meeting challenges globally, we have focused this issue on the theme of international philanthropy.
The best philanthropic solutions are shaped from direct experience with the problems confronting our planet. For example, George Soros’ philanthropic initiatives were shaped by his experience in surviving the Nazi occupation in his native Hungary during World War II.   His inspired civil society solutions stem from the insights gained at a time when societies were truly falling apart.
We need to develop an in-depth understanding of the problems of our time as well as informed strategies to solve them. My hope is that everyone reading this will be inspired to plant trees under which others will sit and sacrifice forward.
I would like to thank our contributors for sharing their perspectives, inspirations, and problem-solving ideas. Enjoy reading these articles, let them inspire you to move forward, and encourage others to do the same.
Thank you for taking time to read our journal.

Ann Paisley Chandler
Editor in Chief


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