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Philanthropy: Can Private Givers End Our Political Frustration?


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Karl Zinsmeister

Vice President
The Philantrhopy Roundtable

Friday, March 10, 2017
12-1:30 pm

The California Club
538 South Flower Street
Los Angeles, CA

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Join us for a book event and discussion regarding philanthropy, constructive culture change, and working around electoral gridlock.
Karl Zinsmeister, vice president of publications at The Philanthropy Roundtable, will highlight survey data from his latest book, What Comes Next? How Private Givers Can Rescue America in an Era of Political Frustration. Zinsmeister will also talk about his recent landmark study, The Almanac of American Philanthropy, which is a 1,342-page culmination of a multiyear effort to create the authoritative reference on America's fascinating and culturally seminal tradition of solving public problems with private resources. 

Karl Zinsmeister oversees all magazine, book, and web publishing at The Philanthropy Roundtable in Washington, D.C. His most recent book, What Comes Next? How private givers can rescue America in an era of political frustration, offers a vision for constructive culture change, working around electoral gridlock. He also founded and advises the Roundtable's program on philanthropy for veterans and service members. Zinsmeister has authored 12 books, including two different works of embedded reporting on the Iraq war, a book on charter schools, a storytelling cookbook, and a graphic novel published by Marvel Comics. He has also made a PBS feature film and written hundreds of articles for publications ranging from the Atlantic to the Wall Street Journal. Earlier in his career he was a Senate aide to Daniel Patrick Moynihan, the J. B. Fuqua Fellow at the American Enterprise Institute, and editor in chief for nearly 13 years of The American Enterprise magazine. From 2006 to 2009, Zinsmeister served in the West Wing as the President's chief domestic policy adviser and director of the White House Domestic Policy Council. He is a graduate of Yale University and also studied at Trinity College Dublin.

For more information, please contact the School of Public Policy at 310.506.7490.