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CTIA Wireless Foundation Joins Town & Country Magazine’s Philanthropy Summit


CTIA Wireless Foundation is proud to have partnered with Town & Country Magazine for their 2020 Philanthropy Summit titled “The Way Forward.” From July 7 – 10, over 3,000 viewers from around the globe joined the virtual event to hear intimate conversations with humanitarians about crisis philanthropy, racial justice, education, and more. Over the course of the event, the videos were viewed over 60,000 times.

We were thrilled to announce our Catalyst 2020 winners to kick off each day of the summit, and to highlight the power of wireless in social entrepreneurship to improve the health and wellness of Americans.

Throughout the week, speakers such as Darren Walker, president of the Ford Foundation, Robert F. Smith, founder, chairman, and CEO of Vista Equity Partners, Matthew and Camila McConaughey, co-founders ofJust Keep Livin Foundation, and Bethenny Frankel, philanthropist, entrepreneur, author, and producer, highlighted the important role of philanthropy across the nation.

Each year Town & Country hosts a Philanthropy Summit in New York. This year’s summit was inspired by their Summer 2020 philanthropy issue, which features the article, “Do Good with Your Device,” showcasing the Foundation and wireless for good. This was their first virtual summit and the event allowed panelists from across the country to speak from their home, while thousands of viewers joined remotely.

“Our annual philanthropy issue and summit consistently cover what it means to be on the cutting edge of modern-day giving,” said Stellene Volandes, Town & Country Editor in Chief.

Here are a few highlights from the four-day summit:

Darren Walker spoke with Ava DuVernay, filmmaker and founder, ARRAY, about the 24-hour philanthropy cycle, the purpose of philanthropy, and how it should evolve in the 21st century.

What philanthropy can do best is to support innovative people doing work to change the world… And philanthropy as its best seeks out those talented changemakers and says to them ‘how can I help you ensure that your vision for your community is realized.
Darren Walker, President of the Ford Foundation

Robert Smith spoke with Van Jones, CEO of the REFORM Alliance, TV host, and author, about racial injustice, criminal justice reform and about the 2019 graduating Morehouse College students whose student loan debt he pledged to pay off. Smith explained that one way to address opportunity deserts that disproportionately affect African American and Latinx communities is with telemedicine. “You’ve got to actually deliver healthcare in forms of telemedicine and ways to actually improve the quality and standard of life for all the citizens in these communities,” said Smith.

Bethenny Frankel spoke with Gretchen Carlson, journalist, author and advocate, about how global emergencies reset philanthropic priorities and how her organization, BStrong, has leapt into action delivering N95 masks to healthcare workers fighting the COVID-19 pandemic. Frankel offered insights as to how individuals can get involved in philanthropy, and pointed to how innate the desire to help others is. “The human condition [is] that people want to help. I’m never more motivated and inspired than when I’m hearing how much people want to help,” said Frankel.

Additional conversations took place with Matthew and Camila Alves McConaughey about their Just Keep Livin’ Foundation showcasing education and philanthropy, and with Scooter Braun and Emma Gonzalez discussing the intersection of philanthropy and activism.

The Foundation was thrilled to participate in this year’s Town & Country Philanthropy Summit and showcase our Catalyst winners using wireless technology to create innovative, compassionate solutions that make our lives healthier and more connected.

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