Global Donors Forum 2014
Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center
April 13-16, 2014

Deadline: December 10, 2013
Dramatic shifts in the political and economic landscape of many low and middle income countries in recent years have resulted in the emergence of a new class of wealthy individuals. This has led to a rapid growth in private and family foundations in many emerging economies. But the benefits of economic liberalization have not always resulted in an equal distribution of wealth, and income disparities have only been exacerbated by the global economic crisis. This surge in social and economic inequality pleads the need and purpose of philanthropy, both individual and institutional, to be re-examined.

No longer is society looking outside their communities and national borders for change. Whereas once, Aid was the only option, now regional philanthropy is increasingly positioning itself as the “game changer”. This sliding dichotomy from Aid to philanthropy has already begun and nowhere is it more pronounced than in the “Emerging Economies”

Emerging economies provide opportunities for understanding the consequences of rapid growth and industrialisation – including negative social and environmental effects. Donors working for change in these regions are often faced with complex social, political and legal contexts as they work to improve conditions for the citizens. Global Donors Forum carves a path, one that calls for business, government and civil society leaders to move beyond incrementalism and to dare, dream and design a whole new way forward.

The Global Donors Forum convenes distinguished philanthropists, public and private sector leaders, social investors, financial services industry executives, and experts from across the world to offer pragmatic insight and constructive response to pressing global and regional challenges. The biennial Global Donors Forum serves as a marketplace for ideas, a platform for sharing knowledge and forging partnerships, and a launching pad for high-impact collaborative activities. In addition, this convening is widely recognized as the premier worldwide forum on Muslim philanthropy where issues unique to Muslim giving are discussed in a safe space.

The three day activity will include high-level plenaries, breakout sessions, interactive roundtables on a range of issues vital to the immediate and long term needs of societies throughout the emerging economies. The Forum will also showcase innovative philanthropic models selected from around the world.

For assistance with questions regarding the Call for Presentations, please contact:
Dr. Yunus Sola | 2014 Program Director | | +1 630 889 9512