The Yale Philanthropy Conference is an interdisciplinary forum for current and future leaders focused on the business of social change.

Now in its fifteenth year, the Yale Philanthropy Conference is the only convening of the nonprofit and philanthropic sector planned entirely by MBA students. Bringing together thinkers, students, and professionals from leading institutions and foundations across the country, the conference fosters discussions about the role of philanthropy in the contemporary society, strengthens professional networks, builds management acumen necessary for vibrant institutions, and cultivates leadership in the social sector and beyond.


A Letter from the Faculty: Professor Tony Sheldon

Lecturer in the Practice of Management & Executive Director of the Program on Social Enterprise


The Yale Philanthropy Conference attracts leaders from the non-profit, public, and private sectors to explore the complex and imaginative ways that the bounds of philanthropy are expanding.

The student-organized annual event presents a rare opportunity to engage with colleagues across sectors and fields of work, probing both domestic and global issues.

The talks, panels and discussions are multi-faceted and always lively. The Yale Philanthropy Conference has consistently been a forum for inquiry, dialogue, and challenge.


The Yale Philanthropy Conference (YPC) grew out of a class at the Yale School of Management, Philanthropic Foundations. Students, wanting to engage more deeply with best practices and innovation in the social sector, decided to bring experts and practitioners to the School of Management campus. Now in its fourteen year, the conference remains entirely planned and executed by SOM MBA students. YPC has hosted leaders in the field including Richard Shadyac, CEO of ALSAC - St. Jude Children's Research Hospital; Hilary Pennington, Vice President of the Ford Foundation; and La June Montgomery Tabron, President and CEO of W. K. Kellogg Foundation.



2019: Values in Action

2018: Adaptive Philanthropy, Resilient Sector

2017: Transformations

2016: Fostering Ecosystems of Change

2015: Reflect. Innovate. Impact.

2014: Rooted in History, Growing with Purpose

2013: Integrated Perspectives Across the Sector

2012: Beyond Best Practices

2010: Fostering Innovative Ideas for Social Change

2009: Harnessing Resources & Leveraging Strengths

2008: Collaboration and Leadership in Philanthropy

2007: Achieving Effectiveness in Philanthropy

2006: Future of Philanthropy

2005: Yale Philanthropy Conference


Yale School of Management
Evans Hall
165 Whitney Avenue
New Haven, CT  06511



From New York City/South of New Haven (taking I-95 N):        

  1. Off I-95 N, merge onto I-91 N

  2. Take Exit 3 (Trumbull Street) and merge onto Trumbull Street

  3. Take a RIGHT onto Whitney and continue for less than ¾ of a mile. Evans Hall will be on the left, across from the Peabody Museum.

From North of New Haven (taking I-95 S):

  1. Off I-95S, take the exit for I-91 N

  2. Take Exit 3 (Trumbull Street) and continue onto Trumbull Street

  3. Take a RIGHT onto Whitney and continue for less than ¾ of a mile. Evans Hall will be on the left, across from the Peabody Museum.



Area Airports:


Train & Bus

To/From Union Station, New Haven:




Shuttles, Ride Share & Taxi

Airport Shuttles:           

Ride Share:


  • Metro Taxi (203-777-7777)

  • City Wide Taxi (203-777-0007)


Information on accessing limited free parking will be emailed to registrants prior to the Conference. 

Otherwise, paid parking is available through LAZ Parking at their Grove Street and Audubon Street garages.

The 2019 Yale Philanthropy Committee


ALLIE YEe, MBA ‘19, Co-chair

Allie is a second-year MBA student who hails from North Carolina. Prior to SOM, Allie was the Associate Director of the Institute for Southern Studies where she researched immigration, state politics, voting and civic engagement in the U.S. South, and consulted with national and regional foundations funding these issues in the region. Before that, Allie was a fellow at the Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation in North Carolina where she assisted in grantmaking to nonprofit organizations across the state working on public education, democracy, the environment, community economic development, and social justice. With the MBA, Allie is increasing her focus on nonprofit management, interning last summer with Fiscal Management Associates (FMA) in New York. She has an undergraduate degree in Public Policy from Duke University.


Sam Linden, MBA/MFA ‘19, Co-Chair

Sam is currently a fourth-year joint MFA/MBA candidate at Yale School of Drama and Yale School of Management. Born and raised outside Detroit, MI, Sam graduated from Harvard University with honors in Music in 2010. Before coming to Yale, Sam worked as an educator and administrator with Uncommon Schools, College Summit, Learning through an Expanded Arts Program, and Wingspan Arts. Sam has also worked in outreach and communication strategy at Center Theatre Group, where he completed a management fellowship, and in strategy and brand consulting for the cultural sector at LaPlaca Cohen. He has also served as an institutional advancement and organizational development consultant for Christina Seix Academy, an independent boarding school in Trenton, New Jersey which serves low-income students from single-caregiver households. Currently, Sam works as the Associate Director of Marketing & Communications for Yale Repertory Theatre. He serves on the board of the Central Connecticut Coast YMCA and the Yale Summer Cabaret. In June 2019, Sam will be joining TDC, a leading nonprofit/philanthropic strategy consulting firm, as a Project Manager.




A native Texan, Lulu previously worked in the tech space before joining Yale SOM as a member of the class of 2020. After graduating from Dartmouth with a BA in Government, Music, and Gender Studies, Lulu joined the team at Squarespace, where she built the corporate social responsibility policy. Three Super Bowl campaigns later, she found herself at private-public-partnership startup Intersection, the company behind the LinkNYC Wi-Fi kiosks in New York. Most recently, she worked as the Head of Communications at Blockchain, the world’s largest cryptocurrency wallet with more than 30 million wallets. A semi-professional pianist in a previous life, Lulu is passionate about increasing access to the arts, and hopes to support the arts community by leveraging private and corporate funds.



Danny is currently a first-year MBA at the Yale School of Management. Prior to SOM, Danny worked for five years in roles including project manager, business development lead, and chief of staff at Cook Ross Inc., a diversity and inclusion consultancy in Washington DC. His first fore into the philanthropic world was in working as a contractor for the Atlantic Philanthropies, during which time he supported the foundation’s Cuba programming and advocacy efforts. While in DC, Danny also served as a regular volunteer and board member at Shepherd’s Table, a center that provides essential resources to community members experiencing homelessness. Most recently, Danny co-founded the Inclusion NextWork, a virtual collaborative for emerging leaders committed to inclusion, diversity, equity, accessibility, and inclusion (IDEAS). He graduated with a degree in political science from Middlebury College and studied abroad at the University of Havana, Cuba as well as in Suzhou, China as a Critical Language Scholarship recipient.



Anna is currently a first-year MBA candidate at the Yale School of Management. Originally from Atlanta, Anna’s first career was as a professional dancer with the Atlanta Ballet. Torn between academics and the arts, Anna moved to New York City to attend Barnard College where she continued to dance while earning her degree in Urban Studies and Political Science, graduating with honors in 2009. After graduation, Anna served as a Teach for America Corps member in the Greater New Orleans region. After completing her corps commitment as a special education teacher in alternative and traditional school settings in St. John the Baptist Parish, Anna served as a founding teacher at a turnaround school in New Orleans East before transitioning into a district administrator role responsible for supporting a portfolio of 15 schools in the greater metro region. Anna was fortunate to get to apply her artistic and school-based experience as a Leadership for Educational Equity Public Policy Fellow with the Louisiana Department of Education where she worked with the Teacher of the Year to organize a working group to analyze the state of music education and make recommendations for including artistic instruction in the state’s revised accountability standards under the Every Student Succeeds Act. Before SOM, Anna made the move to New Haven to join her partner in 2016 where she served as an education consultant to help schools, districts, and education startups develop strategic plans and conduct program evaluations.



From San Jose, CA, Helen is a first-year MBA student at the Yale School of Management. She studied Comparative Literature at Princeton University, focusing on medieval Spanish and Farsi literature and poetry. Over her career, she has worked for seven nonprofit organizations in the Bay Area and New York City, ranging from foundations to international NGOs. Her work has primarily focused on development, marketing, and project management, with extensive experience in grant writing, digital marketing, and event planning. Most recently, she was the Development & Communications Associate at Trickle Up’s global headquarters. She is excited to join this amazing team to plan the 2019 Yale Philanthropy Conference!



Rachel Lefsky is a first-year MBA student at Yale School of Management, originally from the Boston area. Prior to Yale, Rachel worked in the Massachusetts State Senate for five years as Communications Director for the Chair of the Senate Committee on Ways and Means. She managed messaging, media relations and stakeholder engagement on a range of budget and policy issues for the Senator and the Committee, with a particular focus on education and economic opportunity. Previously, she worked at a lobbying and public relations firm in Boston on projects for clients including municipalities, universities, hospitals and nonprofit advocacy organizations. Rachel graduated from Tufts University with a major in political science and minor in communications and media studies. In addition to serving on the organizing committee for the Yale Philanthropy Conference, Rachel is a Forté Foundation Fellow and a member of the Social Impact Consulting Club, where she is working with a team of students on a project for a New Haven homelessness organization.

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Prior to Yale SOM, Jay worked in communications & marketing in the tech industry. First as an agency account executive at a PR firm, Edelman, for Samsung Electronics, then as a marketer at Google working on YouTube and Google Play brands. Throughout her career, she has dedicated her time to non-profit initiative such as serving on the Edelman Citizenship Committee as a pro-bono PR consultant for World Food Programme, leading the first Google Impact Challenge in Korea, and as a founding member of the Google Korea NPO Committee. At SOM, she is a first-year leader in the Marketing and Technology Clubs as well as a member of the Yale Philanthropy Conference planning committee. Originally from Seoul, South Korea, Jay holds a BA in Psychology and Art History from Georgetown University.



Meredith is a first-year MBA student who was born and raised in San Francisco, CA. Prior to SOM, Meredith was the Senior Program Manager for Too Small to Fail, an initiative of the Clinton Foundation that works to promote the importance of early brain and language development and to empower parents with tools to talk, read and sing with their young children from birth. There she focused on community partnerships, strategic planning, evaluation and fundraising. Previously she worked on gubernatorial campaigns in Rhode Island and California and in communications and public affairs at Nielsen. Meredith serves on the Board of Mission2Move, an Ohio non-profit focused on movement, meditation and health in public schools and served on the board of California Women’s List, a PAC focused on increasing the number of women serving in public office in California.  At SOM, in addition to planning the Philanthropy Conference, she is involved with the Social Impact Consulting and Hockey Clubs and serves as a Nonprofit Board Fellow. Meredith graduated Magna Cum Laude from Tufts University with a BA in American Studies.

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Divam is a second-year MBA student at Yale School of Management an originally hails from New Delhi, India. Prior to joining Yale SOM, Divam was working as a consultant with The Boston Consulting Group and has worked with clients across multiple industries and practice areas. He spent a considerable time in BCG’s Social Impact practice helping one of the largest state governments transform their rural primary healthcare system to improve access and quality of basic healthcare services for more than 60 million people in the state. Divam also worked with an education focused startup in Delhi focusing on access to higher education for underprivileged students in urban areas. He holds an undergraduate degree in Business from the University of Delhi and is looking to explore a combination of impact consulting and social entrepreneurship for his long-term career.

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Jatin batra, MBA ‘19/ MPP ‘20

Born and raised in New Jersey, Jatin is a second-year MBA student at Yale School of Management and co-founder of Hand Me Up, a sustainable clothing start-up. Jatin completed his undergraduate degree in hotel management from Cornell University and then started his career as an investment banker at Barclays Capital working in real estate M&A and capital markets. After 3+ years of monotonous mindlessness, he quit his job, packed his bags and moved to Namibia to serve as an economic development Peace Corps volunteer. In Namibia, Jatin learned a local tribal language, launched an SME incubator, and set up partnerships with the Ministry of Gender Equality to train abused women in business (it is also where he raised his two cats as babies before bringing them back to the U.S.). After returning to the U.S., Jatin worked in development for CIANA, an immigration-focused non-profit in Queens, before joining their board of directors as treasurer. Jatin is pursuing a career in international development through innovative, high-growth, public-private-partnership-led social enterprises. To that end, Jatin interned at a high-growth tech accelerator in Kenya over the summer, currently studying abroad at a business school in Tokyo, and is pursuing an MPA from Princeton after he graduates Yale.