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Mayors Emanuel, Landrieu And Nutter Open Council On Foundations Annual Conference

Over 1,000 Philanthropic Leaders Converge on Chicago – Building Safe Communities Top of Mind

[Download the COF Conference Press Release PDF]

More than 1,000 of the nation’s philanthropic and grantmaking leaders will converge on Chicago as the city hosts the Council on Foundations Annual Conference, April 7-9.

During the opening plenary session, “Building Safe Communities,” Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel, New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu, and Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter will share their perspectives on the societal challenges they face in their major urban communities.

A range of sessions will offer philanthropic leaders insights, opportunities, and examples of where the private sector can intersect and collaborate with the public sector for at-risk areas. Featured sessions will specifically highlight creating sustainable solutions to address a range of issues, including risk taking, health and education. Off-site sessions will provide an up-close look at philanthropic investments addressing a range of community issues.

“Building Safe Communities” Opening Plenary Speakers Included:
Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel | New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu | Philadelphia Mayor Michael A. Nutter

Featured Speakers and Moderators Included:
His Royal Highness Charles, Prince of Wales (via special video presentation) | Honorable Henry Cisneros, Former HUD Secretary, & Former Mayor of San Antonio | Robert Gallucci, President, John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation | Judith Rodin, President, Rockefeller Foundation | Art Smith, Acclaimed Chef and Philanthropist | Ira Glass, Host, “This American Life” | Eve Enlser, Playwright, Performer, Activist

Thinkinc. worked with COF and Illinois Governor Quinn’s Office to leverage the timely opportunity to make the following announcement during the Council on Foundations annual meeting where numerous sessions were held on creating innovative solutions to strengthen communities.

GOVERNOR’S PUBLIC SCHEDULE  **Tuesday, April 9, 2013**

CHICAGO – As part of his agenda to strengthen communities across Illinois, Governor Pat Quinn announced at the Council on Foundations annual meeting that Illinois will be the second state in the nation to initiate a Social Impact Bond (SIB) program, an innovative and cutting edge way to address complex social problems by partnering with private investors, who will provide the up-front financial investment needed to bring effective programs up to scale. The announcement is part of Governor Quinn’s agenda to drive the Illinois economy forward by improving innovation across Illinois and making government smarter. At a time when the state is facing historic financial challenges, the program aims to provide critical resources that will help address pressing community needs while requiring no additional taxpayer dollars.

Governor Quinn was accompanied at the press conference by members of the Illinois Task Force on Social Innovation, Entrepreneurship and Enterprise who contributed to the Social Impact Bond recommendation: Professor Jeffrey Liebman of the Kennedy School | Ryan Maley, a Director of The Dunham Fund | Judith Rodin, President of The Rockefeller Foundation.

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