Phil Buchanan

Thursday, May 2, 2019
7:45-8:15am Continental Breakfast
8:15-9:15am Forum

Phil Buchanan
Founding Chief executive,
Center for Effective Philanthropy
in conversation with 
John Kobara
COO, California Community Foundation

discussing his book,
Giving Done Right
Effective Philanthropy and Making Every Dollar Count

Downtown Los Angeles
500 South Figueroa Street
Los Angeles, CA 90071

PURCHASE TICKETS (includes continental breakfast)
$45 Includes the book
$20 General Admission

Phil Buchanan is founding chief executive of the Center for Effective Philanthropy (CEP), a nonprofit that conducts research and advises the largest foundations in the country, including Ford, Hewlett, Packard, MacArthur, and Rockefeller. He is a columnist for the Chronicle of Philanthropy, and his writing has appeared in the New York Times and Financial Times.

Giving Done Right punctures myths and provides helpful guidance about the complexities and joys of philanthropy.  Buchanan makes a persuasive and always practical case for why non-profits are not like businesses, why giving is not like investing, and how readers can find their own satisfying path to doing great good.”— Rosabeth Moss Kanter, Arbuckle Professor, Harvard Business School & Founder, Harvard University Advanced Leadership Initiative

Giving Done Right is a practical guide to philanthropy at all levels of giving that seeks to educate and inspire.
A majority of American households give to charity in some form or another–from local donations to food banks, religious organizations, or schools, to contributions to prevent disease or protect basic freedoms. Whether you’re in a position to give $1 or $1 million, every giver needs to answer the same question: How do I channel my giving effectively to make the greatest difference?
In Giving Done Right, Phil Buchanan, the president of the Center for Effective Philanthropy, arms donors with what it takes to do more good more quickly and to avoid predictable errors that lead too many astray. This crucial book will reveal the secrets and lessons learned from some of the biggest givers, busting commonly held myths and challenging the idea that “business thinking” holds the answer to effective philanthropy. And it offers the intellectual frameworks, data-driven insights, tools, and practical examples to allow readers to understand exactly what it takes to make a difference.

Buchanan explains the complicated world of philanthropy, drawing on his experience working closely with some of the biggest givers in the world – and witnessing their successes and failures up close. He prepares donors to educate themselves, evaluate their options, and execute their philanthropic goals.  Buchanan explores:

  • How to decide on giving goals when there are so many pressing problems
  • Why asking about how much of a donation goes toward overhead is usually the wrong question
  • Why business acumen doesn’t always translate to giving and the nonprofit sector
  • Why you need a strategy to focus your giving—and how that differs from effective business strategy
  • How to assess results when performance assessment is so uniquely challenging for givers and nonprofits
  • Why “giving while living,” though a hot trend, doesn’t fit all causes
  • How a donor’s skills or influence can also contribute toward achieving philanthropic goals

This crucial book offers the intellectual frameworks, data-driven insights, tools, and practical examples to allow readers to understand exactly what it takes to make a difference.

John E. Kobara is Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer for the California Community Foundation (CCF). He is responsible for all of the development, marketing, administrative, grant making, civic engagement, program, and donor relations functions for the 48th largest foundation in the nation. CCF manages more than 1700 foundations and funds to assist high net worth families, individuals, corporations and non-profits pursue their philanthropic visions. Since 2004, CCF has made more than $1.5 billion in grants as investments in the future of local communities.

John has been engaged in successful three pioneering start-ups traversing a broad spectrum of industries. Previously, John was CEO of the CK12 Foundation, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Los Angeles,, Vice Chancellor of UCLA, and VP General Manager of Falcon Cable TV. He has earned degrees from UCLA, USC, and Occidental College.


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