Monday, June 19, 2006

Foundations taking lead in social change

Foundations taking lead in social change: "Foundations taking lead in social change

Star-Tribune staff writer Sunday, June 18, 2006

EVANSTON -- Foundations are becoming the leading architects of social and global change -- surpassing political action, government, business and education -- that will affect populations, economies, culture and politics, the president and CEO of the international Council on Foundations said Friday.

'Politics has become so polarized that ... it can't solve problems,' Steve Gunderson told the representatives of foundations and charities at the fifth biennial Philanthropy Days.

Before Gunderson arrived in Evanston, he was in the Seattle area when Microsoft founder and president Bill Gates recently announced his intentions to leave the company and dedicate his life to addressing HIV/AIDS and tuberculosis in Africa.

As a result of this, when people think about global health, they think of the Bill and Linda Gates Foundation and not a government program, a politician or a pharmaceutical company, he said."

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