Wednesday, May 10, 2006
By Ryan Haggerty, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Charitable foundations must be flexible and innovative in preparing the United States for an unprecedented era of change, former Republican House Speaker Newt Gingrich told a gathering of the country's philanthropic leaders in Pittsburgh yesterday.
'We may be facing the largest scale of change since Abraham Lincoln in 1861,' said Mr. Gingrich, whose half-hour speech marked the end of the Washington, D.C.-based Council of Foundations' three-day conference at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center.
The conference attracted about 1,600 of the country's top philanthropists, who heard Mr. Gingrich label energy, scientific development, national security, poverty, education and the rise of India and China as evolving issues that will shape America's future."