“The World of Charitable Foundations: Effective, Efficient, and Enterprising?”, a Conversation with Junko Chano


  • DATE / TIME:
    2018•03•16    18:30 - 19:30

    On 16 March 2018, UNU will host “The World of Charitable Foundations: Effective, Efficient, and Enterprising?, a conversation with Junko Chano, Executive Director of the Sasakawa Peace Foundation (SPF).

    Charitable foundations across the world play an ever-increasing role in promoting international exchange, cooperation, and understanding on major global issues. With large private endowments — generally provided by generous philanthropists — little red-tape, and beholden to no government or public, they are able to act strongly, swiftly, and surely on issues with both global coverage, and those without. Whereas the United States has a plethora of such foundations and their work is well known, Japan has fewer; one of them being SPF. What are the differences between foundations across the two sides of the Pacific? Which achievements are these foundations most proud of? What are the advantages and challenges of limited oversight?

    Ms Chano will join UNU Rector David M. Malone for a conversation exploring the contributions of charitable foundations to global development, peace, and cooperation with specific examples drawn from the efforts of SPF.

    The UNU Conversation Series aims to foster audience participation: you are encouraged to engage with the speakers during the conversation and at the reception that will follow, where all audience members are invited to enjoy the food and drinks that will be served while exchanging ideas and making new contacts.

    Please note that this event will be in English only; Japanese interpretation will not be provided. Advance registration (by 15 March) is required. Please click on the REGISTER button above to access the online registration page.

    About the speaker

    Junko Chanko is Executive Director of the Sasakawa Peace Foundation and President of the Sasawkawa Peace Foundation USA. In this capacity, Ms Chano heads the Japan-US Programs Department, the International Peace and Security Department, as well as the Pacific Islands Program. She was previously engaged at several prominent foundations including the Japan Foundation, Philadelphia Foundation, and the Ford Foundation’s New York Office.

    Ms Chano graduated with an MA in Government Administration from the University of Pennsylvania, and a BA in Social Sciences from Hitotsubashi University in Tokyo.


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