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Slate 60 conference at library



It has been 10 years since the online magazine Slate began publishing the Slate 60, a list of the country’s most generous givers to charity, in a bit of advocacy journalism.

Slate will celebrate that anniversary next week at the Clinton Library, where it will stage the Slate 60 Conference on Innovative Philanthropy.

Speakers will include Bill Clinton, Ted Turner (No. 15 on the Slate 60 list for 2005), William Gates Sr., New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg (No. 7), AOL founder Steve Case, Product RED founder Bobby Shriver, Venture Philanthropy Partners chair Mario Morino and Generation Engage founder Justin Rockefeller.

The conference will run Sunday and Monday, Nov. 12 and 13. Attendance is by invitation. Clinton will deliver the keynote address.

The Arkansas Times’ ninth annual issue on philanthropy coincides with next week’s conference, which will bring to town top philanthropic boosters and givers. That list and its goal were the partial inspiration for the Times to begin its yearly look at how Arkansas’s philanthropy is progressing.

In our first philanthropy issue in 1998, we reported that the Walton family was about to endow a family foundation with sales of 25 million shares of Wal-Mart stock. But the Waltons didn’t make the Slate 60 list until its 1999 publication of the list, when the Waltons suddenly appeared in 12th place for gifts totaling $91.7 million, which included the $50 million gift that created the Sam Walton School of Business at the University of Arkansas.



Speakers will include Bill Clinton, Ted Turner (No. 15 on the Slate 60 list for 2005), William Gates Sr., New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg (No. 7), AOL founder Steve Case, Product RED founder Bobby Shriver, Venture Philanthropy Partners chair Mario Morino and Generation Engage founder Justin Rockefeller.

The conference will run Monday and Tuesday, Nov. 12 and 13. Attendance is by invitation. Clinton will deliver the keynote address.

The Arkansas Times’ ninth annual issue on philanthropy coincides with next week’s conference, which will bring to town top philanthropic boosters and givers. That list and its goal were the partial inspiration for the Times to begin its yearly look at how Arkansas’s philanthropy is progressing.

In our first philanthropy issue in 1998, we reported that the Walton family was about to endow a family foundation with sales of 25 million shares of Wal-Mart stock. But the Waltons didn’t make the Slate 60 list until its 1999 publication of the list, when the Waltons suddenly appeared in 12th place for gifts totaling $91.7 million, which included the $50 million gift that created the Sam Walton School of Business at the University of Arkansas.


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