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SOLD OUT: Putting Wealth to Work | A Conversation with Joel Fleishman

Monday, March 12, 2018 -
11:30am to 1:00pm PDT
Google Community Space
188 The Embarcadero | San Francisco, CA 94105
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This event is sold out. 

Join us for a discussion with Professor Joel Fleishman. His recently released book, Putting Wealth to Work, tells the unprecedented story of the movement of socially motivated capital, and how it may unavoidably change the American economy, and the world at large. It promises to be a fascinating discussion and we would be honored to have you attend. Please see details below.   

In Putting Wealth to Work, Fleishman reveals the history of a uniquely American financial sector, all but created by Andrew Carnegie’s example that since 1990 has become more dynamic with every passing year. Staggering personal fortunes are made and given away, as in no previous era since the golden age of American capitalism. America currently leads the world in this trend—of the 138 signers of the giving-while-living pledge, 110 were American—but the world is following in its footsteps.

Lunch will be provided. All attendees will receive a signed copy the book, Putting Wealth to Work.


11:30 am - 12:00 noon: Registration/Lunch
12:00 noon - 12:30 pm: A conversation with Joel Fleishman, moderated by Cathy Cha
12:30 -1:00 pm: Q&A
1:00 – 1:30 pm:  Mix and Mingle


  • Doris & Donald Fisher Fund
  • Flora Family Foundation
  • The Evelyn and Walter Haas, Jr. Fund
  • Jewish Community Federation & Endowment Fund
  • Northern California Grantmakers 


This event is open and free to all members of NCG and sponsor organizations. Register Here >


Joel Fleishman is Professor of Law and Public Policy at the Sanford School of Public Policy at Duke University.  He served as Legal Assistant to Governor Terry Sanford, the School’s namesake, in 1961-65.  He joined the Duke faculty in 1971, was founding director of what is now the Sanford School of Public Policy, and has served Duke as vice president, senior vice president and first senior vice president. Taking part-time leave from Duke from 1993-2003, he became president of The Atlantic Philanthropic Service Company (NYC), the U.S. program staff of Atlantic Philanthropies.  Mr. Fleishman is a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the author of The Foundation: A Great American Secret--How Private Wealth is Changing the World, published in 2007 by PublicAffairs Books and released in paperback in 2009.  Another book, which he co-authored with Tom Tierney, chairman of The Bridgespan Group, entitled Give Smart: Philanthropy that Gets Results, was released in March 2011. 

Fleishman is Director of the Sanford School’s Center for Strategic Philanthropy and Civil Society and Director of the Sanford School’s Samuel and Ronnie Heyman Center for Ethics, Public Policy and the Professions. On Founders’ Day, October 1, 2009, Duke presented Mr. Fleishman with one of the University’s highest honors, the University Medal for Meritorious Service. He was Chairman of the Board of Trustees of The Urban Institute until stepping down in May 2014, and he currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Ralph Lauren Corporation.  On a lighter note, he was the Wine Columnist for Vanity Fair for 8 years.