Border philanthropy subject of San Diego gathering

Border philanthropy subject of San Diego gathering

By Sandra Dibble | 6:09 p.m. July 12, 2016 | The San Diego Union-Tribune

More than 150 people — including academics, government officials, business leaders and members of nonprofit groups — are expected to gather in San Diego on Thursday to discuss ways of increasing charitable giving along the U.S.-Mexico border.

The meeting has been convened by the U.S.-Mexico Border Philanthropy Partnership, a binational organization with more than 200 members. Its aim is to support philanthropy in the 10 border states — four in the United States and six in Mexico.

Andy Carey, the partnership's executive director, said the purpose is "to strategize on how we can strengthen community ties between the U.S. and Mexico." The discussions focus on "how foundations should partner with other organizations to increase impact locally," he said.

Carey said in general, there has been growth in cross-border charitable giving between the United States and Mexico.

Because the partnership is legally incorporated in the United States and Mexico, "we're increasingly being sought out as that legal entity to help facilitate the transfer or resources from one side of the border to another."

This marks the fourth of six gatherings organized by the partnership in border communities. Thursday's meeting, to be held at the Jacobs Center for Neighborhood Innovation, is set to feature a conversation with Malin Burnham, a San Diego real estate developer, longtime philanthropist and founder of the San Diego Foundation's Center for Civic Engagement.

Also scheduled is a panel discussion titled "Exemplary Foundations Investing Strategically in the Binational Region."

Speakers include Robert Ashcraft, chairman of the partnership and executive director of the Lodestar Center for Philanthropy and Nonprofit Innovation at Arizona State University; Kathlyn Mead, CEO of the San Diego Foundation; Anne McEnany, CEO of the International Community Foundation; Reginald Jones, CEO of the Jacobs Center for Neighborhood Innovation; and Georgina Walther Cuevas, CEO of the UABC Foundation in Mexicali.


Originally published by The San Diego Union-Tribune here.

[Editor's note: to view another story on this event, see pages 84-85 of the August 2016 edition of San Diego's Giving Back Magazine.]