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The Aspen Institute has earned a reputation for gathering diverse, nonpartisan thought leaders, creatives, scholars and members of the public to address some of the world’s most complex problems. But the goal of these convenings is to have an impact beyond the conference room. They are designed to provoke, further and improve actions taken in the real world. Visit their website here.


Today, the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation seeks to exemplify the values and principles practiced by their founders: Integrity, Thinking Big, Humility, Stewardship and Compassion. They incorporate these values not only into their workplace culture, but also into their philanthropic activities. Visit their website here.


The Gia Maione Prima Foundation, Inc was established by the late Gia Maione Prima with the assistance of long-time friend and counsel, Anthony J. Sylvester of Sherman Wells Sylvester & Stamelman, LLP.  The Foundation’s purposes include, but are not limited to, making donations to other tax-exempt organizations that support and encourage an appreciation for American jazz, American popular music and jazz performance, as well as the fine arts. Visit their website here.


Founded in 2002 by Chef Emeril Lagasse and his wife Alden, The Emeril Lagasse Foundation is a 501c(3) public charity headquartered in New Orleans. The Foundation’s mission is to create opportunities to inspire, mentor and enable youth to reach their full potential through culinary, nutrition and arts education. Since its inception, Emeril Lagasse Foundation has granted more than $10 million to children’s charities to support culinary, nutrition and arts programs. Visit their website here.


Silicon Valley Community Foundation advances innovative philanthropic solutions to challenging problems. SVCF shapes critical public policy issues, partners with nonprofit groups and institutions advancing the best ideas and directs resources swiftly and strategically toward unforeseen needs. Visit their website here.



Little Kids Rock. Visit their website here.


Horns to Havana. Visit their website here.



As a family foundation, they seek to express and further the values they were taught: a respect for the capabilities and dignity of all people, a belief in the power of ideas and in individual empowerment, a commitment to systemic change, a reverence for learning, and faith in the ability to create a better world. Visit their website here.