Reporting live from New Haven, Connecticut: today, I'm grateful for history! The Yale Philanthropy Committee wisely chose the theme, "Rooted in History" for this year's conference. I'm looking forward to the keynote on that theme by newly appointed La June Montgomery Tabron, President and CEO of the W. K. Kellogg Foundation, certainly a well-positioned thought leader to speak about the long history of philanthropy. The rest of the day promises to be equally fabulous. And here's what you can be grateful for: it will be livestreaming here from 9:45 am EST! If you don't have the privilege of watching tv all day, follow #ypc2014 and @inspiringcap for highlights all day. Yale pcI'm so glad that this group chose to focus on where we have been in the dynamic field of philanthropy, that is (happily!) going through so much change these days, with growth of CSR 2.0, impact investing, and social enterprise. It is important to remember that there's nothing new under the sun, and various incarnations of these 'new trends' have been going on for a long time.

One of the first readings I assigned in my Impact Investing class at NYU this term was this (now a historical document itself, published in 2008 by the Social Enterprise Alliance) History of Social Enterprise. Highly recommended resource for social entrepreneurs, investors, and philanthropists!

Now off to the keynote...