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Sept. 29, 2010

Women’s Philanthropy Making a Better World

“It’s more rewarding to watch money change the world than accumulate.” – Gloria Steinem, Class of 1956, founder of the first women’s fund, the Ms. Foundation for Women, in 1972.

1NORTHAMPTON, Mass. – Smith College, an institution founded by the gift of a single woman, will bring together five prominent alumnae to discuss how women are making a difference in the world through their philanthropic efforts, service and action.

The conversation will take place Thursday, Oct. 21, 6 to 9 p.m., at The Asia Society in New York City and is open only to Smith alumnae and media. Members of the media should contact Kristen Cole to reserve a seat.

Smith College President Carol T. Christ will lead a discussion among Ann Kaplan ’67; Janet McKinley ’76; Nancy Chatfield ’78; Jamie Cooper-Hohn ’87; and Elizabeth Whiston ’05. More about the participants:

Ann Kaplan is chair of the Circle Financial Group and a student of philanthropy through her focus on wealth management.

Janet McKinley retired in 2004 as chair of The Income Fund of America, one of ten largest equity mutual funds in the world. She is now working to increase the resilience of low-income women and small-scale farmers by helping them obtain financial services and appropriate capital investments and exercise their rights as citizens.

Nancy Chatfield is chair of The Girls Foundation of Tanzania. She has volunteered extensively in northern Tanzania, East Africa, and works with early-stage nonprofit ventures that provide financial and organizational support to local NGOs.

Jamie Cooper-Hohn is a co-founder of The Children’s Investment Fund Foundation and serves as the foundation’s president and CEO. The mission of the foundation is to demonstrably improve the lives of children living in poverty in developing countries by achieving large-scale and sustainable impact.

Elizabeth Whiston is an attorney who founded the nonprofit Education for Development, which supports schools and provides scholarships for secondary education, primarily for girls, in Uganda. Whiston founded the nonprofit while at Smith and taught there for seven months during her junior year.

Smith College educates women of promise for lives of distinction. One of the largest women’s colleges in the United States, Smith enrolls 2,800 students from nearly every state and 62 other countries.


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