Lord Mayor’s Charitable Foundation was delighted to welcome Fred Blackwell, Chief Executive Officer of The San Francisco Foundation (TSFF) as our guest of honour and orator, at this year’s Inspiring Philanthropy Oration.
Fred spoke about TSFF’s campaign titled People, Place and Power which has put social justice, race and equity at the centre of their grantmaking programs. This new campaign was developed in response to the current and emerging issues facing San Francisco including a crisis in homelessness and affordable housing.
“People, Place and Power has been designed to respond to the challenges facing our city and to have real impact in improving the economic outcome and participation for those residents excluded from opportunities.
“We are focused on increasing racial economic inclusion and removing barriers to allow everyone the opportunity to participate and benefit,” said Fred.
Our guests had an opportunity to ask Fred questions during a Q&A session facilitated by Misha Ketchell, Editor at The Conversation, with guest panellists Carmel Guerra OAM, Chief Executive Officer at Centre for Multicultural Youth and Catherine Brown, the Foundation’s Chief Executive Officer.
“Fred’s oration gave us a lot of food for thought as we consider how to strengthen the Foundation’s support of social cohesion in our wonderfully diverse city,” said Catherine.