Please join The Surdna Foundation, The Atlantic Philanthropies, The Open Society Institute, and The New York Regional Association of Grantmakers in welcoming Chris Gates, the new Executive Director of PACE Philanthropy for Active Civic Engagement

PACE is a national community of grantmakers and donors committed to strengthening democracy by using the power and resources of philanthropy to open pathways to civic participation. Formerly known as the Grantmakers Forum on Community and National Service, PACE recently renamed itself to signal a broader approach to educating grantmakers about effective civic engagement strategies that strengthen our communities. These strategies include community problem solving, civic education, leadership training, and political reform. To access PACE’s Profiles of Engagement Investments and other reports, please click here.

Chris Gates, former president of the National Civic League, became PACE’s new Executive Director in June 2006. Leadership of PACE offers Chris the opportunity to sustain his longtime commitment to promoting meaningful participation in community affairs. Chris is a national leader and frequent speaker on topics relating to the state of our democracy, the interaction between citizens and government, and innovative community problem solving.

Chris also serves on a variety of boards, including the Council for the Advancement of Citizenship and the California Center for Civic Renewal. He is an elected Fellow at the National Academy of Public Administration, Co-chair of the Civic Practices Network, and served as Co-chair of the Saguaro Seminar, a Harvard University project studying social capital. He is also the founding chairman of the Colorado Institute for Leadership Training.

This funders briefing offers New York grantmakers an opportunity to meet Chris, learn how PACE can best serve the needs of foundations interested in civic engagement, and learn about other foundations’ civic engagement strategies.

Date: Wednesday, September 13th

Time: 8:30-10:30 a.m. Breakfast will be available.

Place: The Surdna Foundation, 330 Madison Avenue (between 42nd and 43rd Streets), 30th floor

RSVP: Please contact Elisabeth Pulvermann at 212-557-0010, or