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At this morning’s plenary on the closing day of the 2012 Annual Conference, moderator Kai Ryssdal (host and senior editor, NPR’s Marketplace) facilitated an insightful panel discussion about America’s “vanishing” middle class and how philanthropy can help. Presenters Angela Glover Blackwell, PolicyLink;  Jamie P. Merisotis, Lumina Foundation for Education;  and Don Peck, The Atlantic, discussed sobering trends:

The [...]

Here are some interesting facts:

Obesity is the second leading cause of death in the United States.
Sixty-nine percent of adults in the United States are overweight or obese.
Thirty-two percent of children in the United States are overweight or obese.
Twenty-four million people in the United States have type 2 diabetes.

There are many factors that contribute to this [...]

Here are some key messages that are a theme at this year’s Annual Conference:

Collaboration, collaboration, collaboration!
Reaching out to others broadens our impact.
To be “better together,” we must practice mutual respect and tolerance.

These messages are almost common sense, right? Yes, but sometimes we work in isolation and forget to look outside our own goals or agendas.
As [...]

The Council on Foundations Annual Conference brings together grantmakers from all over the world to learn from each other and discuss best practices and critical issues in philanthropy. There is something for everyone at this conference, and the energy of all of us together is powerful and inspiring. This week, more than1,200 of us are in [...]

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