presented by

Can Philanthropy Save Us?

A Day of Discussion and Hope

Town & Country Philanthropy Summit 10th Anniversary
November 2nd, 2023

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.
With Support From

2023 Summit

Welcome Remarks

Stellene Volandes

Editor in Chief, Town & Country

Where Do We Stand?

On the State of Modern Giving

Introduction: David Lauren | Chief Branding and Innovation Officer, Ralph Lauren

Keynote: Darren Walker | President, Ford Foundation

Can Philanthropy Save the Future?

The Long Game: Lessons in Lasting Change

Moderator: Soledad O’Brien | CEO, Soledad O’Brien Productions

Dr. Cecilia Conrad | CEO, Lever for Change

Sarah Arison | President, Arison Arts Foundation

Christina Lewis | Founder and Chairwoman, BFO21; Vice Chair, Reginald F. Lewis Foundation

Sherrie Westin | President, Sesame Workshop

Can Philanthropy Save Our Kids?

The Modern Condition: Mental Health, Our Youth, and What YOU Can Do

Moderator: Deborah Roberts | Co-Anchor and Senior National Affairs Correspondent, ABC News 20/20

Dr. Warren Ng | Immediate Past President, the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry; Professor, Psychiatry at Columbia Medical Center; Director, Clinical Services, Child and Adolescent Psychiatry NYPH CUIMC

Isaiah Santiago | Commissioner-Elect, Rochester City School Board

Karen Friedman | Director, Strategy and Quality Practices Mental Health, YMCA

Amanda Yarnell | Senior Director, Harvard T.H. Chan Schoo

Can Philanthropy Save the Arts?

A Whole New World: Supporting the Arts in a Radically Changing Landscape

Moderator: Stellene Volandes | Editor in Chief, Town & Country

Drew Watson | Head of Art Services, Bank of America Private Bank

Jody Gottfried Arnhold | Chair of the Board, 92nd Street Y, New York City; Dance Educator and Advocate; Founder, Dance Education Laboratory, (DEL), 92NY

Shanta Thake | Chief Artistic Officer, Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts

Leslie Odom Jr. | Producer; Creative; Entertainer

Can Philanthropy Save a City?

Building Blocks: How Can We Fix What’s Currently Ailing Us?

Moderator: Paul Goldberger | Architecture Critic and Author

Zach Iscol | Emergency Management Commissioner, NYC

William Rudin | Co-Chairman and CEO, Rudin

Oscar L. Tang | Retired financier; Co-Chairman, New York Philharmonic; Trustee Emeritus, The Metropolitan Museum of Art; Co-Founder, Committee of 100

Agnes Hsu-Tang | Ph.D., Archaeologist, and former International Expert, UNESCO; Board Chair, New-York Historical Society; Co-Founder, Hsu-Tang Library, Oxford University Press

Geoffrey Canada | President, Harlem Children’s Zone

All Guests Please Proceed to the 44th Floor for the Lunch Program

What Feeds Us?

A Lunch Curated by Jody Williams and Rita Sodi

Introduction: William Li | Contributing Editor, Town & Country; Founder, Armature Projects

Jody Williams | Chef and Owner, Buvette NYC; Co-Chef and Owner, The Commerce Inn, Via Carota and Bar Pisellino

Rita Sodi | Chef and Owner, I Sodi; Co-Chef and Owner, The Commerce Inn, Via Carota and Bar Pisellino

A Special Message from Michael J. Fox

Michael J. Fox | Founder, The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research

A Life of Service

A Conversation with Arnold Schwarzenegger

Arnold Schwarzenegger | Bodybuilder; Actor; Author; Politician

Philanthropy Begins at Home

Charlize Theron in Conversation with Cynthia McFadden

Charlize Theron | Academy Award Winning Actress

Cynthia McFadden | Senior Investigative Correspondent, NBC News

on the speakers and organizations represented today, please visit and follow @townandcountrymag

“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.

Learn more at

Play Video


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

Play Video

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.

Learn more at

Play Video


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.

Learn more at

Play Video


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.

Bid today at through July 21.

Play Video

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.

Learn more at

Play Video

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.
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.


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.

Visit: Gulfstream
Chantecaille has established a luxurious standard in the world of plant-powered botanical skincare, fragrance, and color cosmetics for the past 25 years. Renowned for award-winning formulas, the brand is dedicated to pure ingredients, smart science, and animal conservation.

To date, Chantecaille is proud to have created 110 conservation-inspired products supporting 34 conservation groups. Chantecaille is dedicated to the world it draws inspiration and ingredients from and works hard to ensure all ingredients and products are cultivated and created sustainably in ways that don’t harm animals, people, or the environment.

Visit: Chantecaille
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.

Visit: Sustainability | People & Equity