Grantmakers without Borders (Gw/oB) held its tenth annual meeting from 7 to 9 June in San Francisco. The conference demonstrated the fascinating variety of the philanthropic scene on the US west coast.
Northern Californian philanthropy is often associated with Silicon Valley: ambitious about doing good, venture-oriented, focused on product development. Gw/oB, on the other hand, would seem to have its roots in Berkeley and the values of the 1960s: free speech, activist protest, values-based philanthropy striving for justice. The two are of course not mutually exclusive, but they lead to different sorts of gatherings.