GCRI is a member of the Forum of Regional Associations of Grantmakers, representing 33 different grantmaking associations and over 5,500 participating organizations, the largest network in American philanthropy.  While we have great resources locally and regionally, the Forum provides the opportunity for GCRI members to learn from colleagues and content experts from across the country.

Recently, Philanthropy New York‘s 37th Annual Meeting focused on the theme of “Rethinking American Justice,” focusing on the history and present application of justice in America – discussing what we call criminal and examining the kinds of reforms that could strengthen communities across the nation.  The opening panel focused on “Building Political Consensus on Criminal Justice Reform,” with Mark Holden, Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary, Koch Industries; David Yassky, Dean, Pace Law School; Kenneth Zimmerman, Director, US Programs, Open Society Foundations; and Malika Saada Saar (Moderator), Public Policy and Government Relations Senior Counsel-Civil and Human Rights, Google.  Then you can watch “PHIL Talks”  — dynamic short presentations in rapid-fire succession by fascinating individuals who are making extraordinary change on justice reform issues, including Charles Nuñez, Community Advocate, Youth Represent; Glenn E. Martin, Founder, JustLeadershipUSA; and Andrea RitchieSoros Justice Fellow, Co-author: “Say Her Name,” “Roadmap for Change” and “Queer (In)Justice.”  Finally, the headline panel on “Rethinking American Justice,” features Michelle Alexander, Author of “The New Jim Crow,” Civil Rights and Legal Scholar, and Senior Fellow at Ford Foundation; Hon. Jonathan Lippman, former Chief Judge, State of New York, Latham & Watkins LLP, Of Counsel and Chair of the Independent Commission on New York City Criminal Justice and Incarceration Reform; Nicholas Turner, President and Director, Vera Institute of Justice and Erik Eckholm, (Moderator), National Legal Correspondent, the New York Times.

Watch here.