Director, Center for Innovation and Social Impact, 92nd Street Y (92Y)
As director of the Center for Innovation & Social Impact, Asha Curran is spearheading the effort to broaden the depth and reach of 92Y’s renowned programming by leveraging the power of new and social media, partnerships and collaboration within 92Y’s diverse programming centers to strengthen and extend the reach of 92Y’s core values – intellectual exploration and dialogue, community, thought leadership and innovation as a driver of social change.
Projects emanating from the Center with national and global reach include the annual Social Good Summit (produced in partnership with the United Nations Foundation, Mashable, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and the UN Development Programme), which brings together leaders in digital business, global policy and new media; the multi-platform political program 92Y American Conversation, and the national day of giving founded and led by 92Y, #GivingTuesday.
Prior to becoming director of the Center, Asha was Director of Special Initiatives and Partnerships after serving as lecture director for 92Y’s Bronfman Center for Jewish Life, where she was charged with expanding the appeal of the lecture program to younger audiences and presenting speakers with a broad range of political perspectives. Asha came to 92Y after working in book publishing and is also a certified childbirth and parenting educator.
Please Note the Special Date:
Tuesday, June 24, 2014
Reception: 8:00 a.m.
Program: 8:30 a.m.
Adjourn: 9:30 a.m.
Asha Curran, Director, Center for Innovation and Social Impact, 92nd Street Y.
92nd Street Y (92Y), in partnership with the United Nations Foundation, founded #GivingTuesday in 2012. Just one year later, over 10,000 charities, volunteer organizations, corporations, and foundations in 40+ countries participated in various ways in #GivingTuesday. Asha Curran, Director of the Center for Innovation and Social Impact at 92Y, will provide us with an overview of the exciting growth of #GivingTuesday and the impact of that growth.
Asha will discuss the lessons learned as well as the innovations and highlights of the past two years – highlights including Baltimore’s amazing campaign in 2013. The campaign involved businesses, nonprofits, citizens, and Baltimore’s Mayor’s Office coming together with the goal of raising $5 million as a city. The effort included city-wide events such as a food truck rally, a CrossFit day, a dedicated #GivingTuesday ice cream flavor, and more activities that inspired the city to work together to raise funds for charity. Baltimore surpassed its goal bringing in $5.6 million.
What has been done (the successes and the mis-steps) will provide a springboard for our discussions about what can be done here. Baltimore was able to crown itself “the most generous city.” What #GivingTuesday goal can Chicago reach (and surpass), and what crown can it claim for itself?
Mark your calendars – #GivingTuesday 2014 will be on December 2.
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