Are Networks Overemphasized in Philanthropy?

Tuesday, September 16, 2014 - 4:30pm to 6:00pm

John R. Ettinger
Chief Executive Office
Helmsley Charitable Trust


Rhodes Conference Room
Sanford Building
201 Science Drive


About the Speaker:
John R. Ettinger is the Chief Executive Officer at the Helmsley Charitable Trust, having joined the Trust in that role in 2012. Prior to the Trust, Mr. Ettinger served as the Managing Partner at the global law firm Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP from 1999 through 2011. Davis Polk has offices across major financial centers in the United States, Europe, Asia and Latin America. Mr. Ettinger represented clients in mergers, acquisitions, private equity transactions, joint ventures, securities offerings, restructurings, takeover defenses and corporate governance issues. Mr. Ettinger has had a strong commitment to public service throughout his career. His community activities have included serving as a trustee of the Phillips Exeter Academy, a director of Communities in Schools, Inc. (a national dropout prevention organization), a member of the Yale University Council, and a director of the Martha’s Vineyard Museum. Mr. Ettinger is a graduate of the Phillips Exeter Academy, received a B.A. from Yale University, was a Rhodes Scholar at Merton College at Oxford University, and received a J.D. from Harvard Law School.


About the Lecture:
The Foundation Impact Research Group (FIRG) is a seminar series hosted by the Center for Strategic Philanthropy and Civil Society. FIRG seminars explore the relationship between strategic choice-making and impact measurement in foundations and not-for-profit organizations.

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