• WHAT: A lunchtime conversation with Joel Fleishman, the nation’s leading spokesperson on America’s foundations, where he will talk about his recent book, The Foundation: A Great American Secret, hosted by the George H. Heyman, Jr. Center for Philanthropy and Fundraising and the School of Continuing and Professional Studies (SCPS) at New York University.

Fleishman will discuss his research and conclusions, including: how some foundation investments affect public priorities; why some foundations succeed and others fail; and whether foundations should be more accountable to the public.

His widely discussed book has been reviewed in The Wall Street Journal, The Balitmore Sun, The San Francisco Chronicle, The Economist, The New Yorker, The Chronicle of Philanthropy, Plenty Magazine, and more.


  • Joel Fleishman, professor of law and public policy at Duke University and former president of the Atlantic Philanthropic Service Company.
  • Naomi Levine, chair and executive director, NYU’s George H. Heyman, Jr. Center for Philanthropy and Fundraising and former senior vice president for external affairs at NYU.


The event is free and open to the public but advanced registration is required. Register for this Conversation: e-mail scps.giving@nyu.edu or call 212-998-6770.

Beverages will be provided but please bring your own brown bag lunch.

Following the presentation, Mr. Fleishman will sign copies of his book, which will be available for sale at a 20% discount.

  • WHEN: Thursday, December 4, 2007 from 12 pm - 2 pm
  • WHERE: NYU’s Washington Square Campus (building and room to be announced)
  • MEDIA ONLY: For press inquiries only, please contact Carmen Tong at 212-992-9103 / carmen.tong@nyu.edu or Ken Brown at 212-998-9119 / ken.brown@nyu.edu.

Press Contacts

Ken Brown
Ken Brown
(212) 998-9119
Cheryl Feliciano
Cheryl Feliciano
(212) 998-6865