Town & Country Philanthropy Summit

October 26, 2022

Evidence of Hope:
Finding New Paths Forward

Town & Country has a long history of commitment to philanthropy. For nearly 175 years, the magazine has covered a world in which giving back is an essential part of living well. But that doesn’t mean we’re stuck in the past. Our annual philanthropy issue and summit consistently cover what it means to be on the cutting edge of modern day giving – and are known for gathering the greatest minds from politics, business, and the arts for high level discourse on how to change an ever-changing world. Town & Country might be the nation’s longest continuously published magazine, but with our philanthropy coverage, we’re putting our history to use in service of tomorrow.

Featuring José Andrés, Phil Donahue, Andreas Dracopoulos, Hugh Evans, Maria Manuela Goyanes, Taraji P. Henson, Stacy-Marie Ishmael, Brian Stokes Mitchell, Soledad O’Brien, Congressman Jamie Raskin, Ruben Santiago-Hudson, Joe Scarborough, Helen Shaw, Marlo Thomas, Pharrell Williams, and more.
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This Is Our Youth

How November’s First Time Voters Envision Our Future

Introduction: Darren Walker | President, Ford Foundation

Thandiwe Abdullah, Charitie Ropati, Harry Sisson, Peren Tiemann, Kellen Zeng

Philanthropy is a Family Affair

A Conversation with Ayesha Curry With a Special Message from Steph Curry

Ayesha Curry | Co-Founder, Eat. Learn. Play. Foundation

Christopher Helfrich | CEO, Eat. Learn. Play. Foundation

Welcome to the Age of Rage Giving

How the News Cycle Determines America’s Philanthropic Habits

Moderator: Brian Stelter | Former anchor of CNN’s ”Reliable Sources”

Busy Phillips | Actress, Activist

Darren Walker | President, Ford Foundation

Shannon Watts | Founder, Moms Demand Action

Beyond the Museum Gala

The Evolving Art of Arts Funding

Introduction: Debi Larrison | Managing Director, National Art Credit Executive, Bank of America

Moderator: Salamishah Tillet | Professor of Africana Studies and Creative Writing, Rutgers University

Dr. Elizabeth Alexander | President, Mellon Foundation

Ebele Okobi | Trustee and Chair of the Development Board, Young Vic Theatre

Henry Timms | President and CEO, Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts

We Need An Intervention

A Game Plan for Mental Health in America’s Youth

Aeva Gaymon-Doomes, M.D. | Clinical Faculty, Howard University College of Medicine and George Washington University School of Medicine & Health Sciences

Mitch Prinstein | Chief Science Officer, American Psychological Association

Andrew Solomon, Ph.D. | Professor of Clinical Psychology, Columbia University, and Best-Selling Author, “Far from the Tree”

The Power of Kindness

Jennifer Garner in Conversation with Cynthia McFadden

Moderator: Cynthia McFadden | Senior Investigative Correspondent, NBC News

Jennifer Garner | Actress, Philanthropist, Entrepreneur, and Save the Children Trustee

Mark Shriver | Special Advisor to the President; Chief Strategy Officer, Save the Children

The Future of Food

A Lunch Curated by Questlove

Prepared by Chef Tara Thomas and Chefs Annalysse Melendez and Kayla Atkins from Food Education Fund

We Are What We Eat

A Conversation with Questlove and Martha Stewart

Questlove | Academy Award-Winning Filmmaker, Grammy Award-Winning Musician, Producer, DJ, Director, Culinary Entrepreneur, and New York Times Best-Selling Author

Martha Stewart | Founder, Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia

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“Extreme poverty is a $350 billion per year challenge. It can’t be addressed with a water well here and a black tie dinner there.”
- Hugh Evans, CEO + Co-Founder, Global Citizen


For over 20 years, Chantecaille has pioneered a luxurious standard in the world of botanical skincare and cosmetics. Founder and CEO Sylvie Chantecaille’s belief in the healing power of plants informs the company’s scientifically innovative approach and its growth into a global brand. Sylvie’s passion for nature also fuels Chantecaille’s philanthropy platform. In 2006, the Monarch butterflies in her garden inspired her to create an eyeshadow to support conservationists working to protect them. Since then, Chantecaille has launched 29 collections benefitting causes from oceans and forests to bees, elephants, and wild horses, giving a voice to some of the planet’s most urgent environmental needs.

Chantecaille's limited-edition Summer Lip Veil benefits Elephant Family, an NGO that protects Asian elephants in their habitat. Shop to support the cause here.

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NewYork-Presbyterian is one of the nation’s most comprehensive integrated academic health care delivery systems, dedicated to providing the highest-quality, most compassionate care and service to patients in the New York metropolitan area, nationally, and throughout the globe. In collaboration with two renowned medical schools, Weill Cornell Medicine and Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons, NewYork-Presbyterian is consistently recognized as a leader in medical education, groundbreaking research, and innovative, patient-centered clinical care. This is due in large part to the generosity and support of our donors.

Learn more about how NewYork-Presbyterian cares for patients and their families at

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Switzerland Tourism

Switzerland is a unique destination where visitors can explore four cultures all in one place: German, French, Italian, and Romansh. Switzerland residents lead a sustainable lifestyle and promote their sustainability commitment to all visitors. For example, all Swiss regions are easily accessible by train thanks to Swiss National Railways, which generates 90 percent of its electricity from hydropower.

The country is a global leader in sustainability, ranking #1 internationally in the Environmental Performance Index (EPI). A perfect escape for winter and summer enthusiasts alike, the Alpine mountains cover a whopping 65 percent of the country’s total surface area. From skiing to vast hiking trails and breathtaking walking routes, these scenic treks can be combined with a swim in one of Switzerland’s 1,500 lakes and rivers.

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Gulfstream is committed to strengthening communities in which we live, work, and play. In 2019, Gulfstream’s community investments included support for over 100 nonprofit organizations around the world, more than 700 Student Leadership Program participants, and over 60 Gulfstream-sponsored volunteer events.

In addition to our philanthropic efforts, Gulfstream is focused on sustainability and protecting the environment for our communities as well as the health and well-being of future generations.

At Gulfstream, we are invested in serving as good stewards of our local communities around the world for today…and tomorrow.

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Charitybuzz is the leading auction site for cause, bringing high-net-worth bidders around the world incredible, once-in-a-lifetime experiences and luxury items. To date, we have helped raise more than $400 million for 4,500 non-profit organizations.

We recently partnered with Hearst Magazines Luxury & Design Collection, which encompasses ELLE DECOR, House Beautiful, Town & Country, and VERANDA, for “Design Unites,” a charitable auction designed to bring awareness to committed nonprofits and give back in a big way. Design Unites launched in support of Habitat for Humanity New York City raising over $100,000 for the organization’s Emergency Housing Response fund and New Yorkers affected by COVID-19.

Through the broader Design Unites initiative, the final round of lots is supporting the Black Artists + Designers Guild, a nonprofit organization that aims to amplify the art, projects and voices of Black creators and makers. Check out the social buzz via #DesignUnites.

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Tito's Handmade Vodka

For over 20 years, Tito’s Handmade Vodka has been making a product that brings people together both in celebration and times of reflection. As the individuals who make up this company, our hearts are breaking for our friends, partners, and communities affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. For many years, our “Love, Tito’s” program has supported nonprofits across the country through event sponsorships, service projects, grants and donations at local and national levels. During this time, we are continuing to support nonprofits, evolving our approach to meet unfolding needs safely and quickly.

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Thank You To Our Sponsors

1 Named 2020 Best Private Bank for Philanthropy (Globally) by Professional Wealth Management, a Financial Times trade publication, and 2022 Best Private Bank for Philanthropic Services (Globally) by Global Finance magazine.
Corporate citizenship: Gulfstream is committed to strengthening our communities reducing our environmental impact and maintaining a strong and diverse workforce. Employees serve as stewards of our local communities around the world through many initiatives and partnerships, while developing both personally and professionally through programs, practices and policies.

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The remarkable female artists of the Bauhaus overcame the societal expectations of their time, paving the way for other women through their appointments and teachings while also moving our concepts of art and design forward. Today, La Prairie aims to support their legacy and impact by creating and presenting its own Women Bauhaus Collective – an initiative that celebrates the legacy of the women of Bauhaus and empowers greater equity for the generation of talents of tomorrow.

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NewYork-Presbyterian is one of the nation’s most comprehensive, integrated academic health care systems, dedicated to providing the highest-quality, most compassionate care and service to patients in the New York metropolitan area, nationally, and around the globe. In collaboration with two renowned medical schools, Weill Cornell Medicine and Columbia University Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons, NewYork-Presbyterian is consistently recognized as a leader in medical education, groundbreaking research, and innovative, patient-centered clinical care. This is due in large part to the generosity and vision of our donors.


New World Development’s philanthropic mission is to build a better society through innovation and sustainable growth. We are committed to creating Shared Value for all of our stakeholders, customers and communities. This means connecting our business success with social progress and aligning profit and purpose, in order to truly create meaningful and positive change in the world.

Our sanctuaries serve as a tribute to our gracious host, the natural world, and the rich cultures and traditions that transform our hotels into homes. We’re deeply committed to uplifting the planet, people, and places that sustain our operations. This is not simply our business model; this is our responsibility.

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