Little Rock has just landed another major conference, and this one may be the biggest yet, in terms of the city punching above its weight.
Former President Bill Clinton, Ted Turner and Bill Gates, Sr. (father of the Microsoft founder) are among the confirmed speakers for the Slate 60 Conference on Innovative Philanthropy, which will take place at the Clinton Presidential Library on Nov. 12-13.
It will be the first event ever associated with the Slate 60 list, which will be celebrating its tenth anniversary, and it will convene America’s most generous charitable donors. This year's conference is co-sponsored by Slate Magazine, the Clinton Foundation and the University of Arkansas Clinton School of Public Service.
According to a press release:
In 1996, Ted Turner suggested that, just as there's the Forbes magazine list of the 400 wealthiest Americans, there should be a list of the Americans who give the most to charity each year. Slate Magazine (www.Slate.com) quickly took up the challenge, publishing a list of the 60 Americans who give the most to charity each year and analyzing their contributions. Since 2001, the Slate 60 list has been compiled by The Chronicle of Philanthropy and published each year by Slate. ...
Invited guests will include all living people named on the Slate 60 lists in the last 10 years; family members of people who were listed and are not alive, and luminaries and experts in the world of philanthropy. The gathering will feature panel discussions, keynote speakers and a dinner honoring the attendees. The conference will be webcast on Slate.com, and a special section of Slate Magazine will highlight innovations in philanthropy.