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March 11-13, 2001  |  The Taj West End Hotel  |  Bangalore, India

Mr. Craig Smith

E-mail: [email protected]

Craig Smith is President of Digital Partners, a Seattle-based nonprofit research group. His work exploring the link between digital technology and social issues has been supported by Microsoft, the Ford Foundation, the Kellogg Foundation, the Markle Foundation and the Rockefeller Foundation. He has a current consulting practice, in which he helps leading Internet entrepreneurs develop private foundations and corporate giving programs. He has shaped giving strategies for Microsoft and IBM.

He is a Senior Fellow at Indiana University Center on Philanthropy, with which Digital Partners has a strategic alliance, and until recently was Senior Fellow at The Conference Board, a corporate-oriented research institute. He founded and was former publisher of Corporate Philanthropy Report, which defined the field of corporate contributions management during the 1980s and 1990s.

In 1999, Craig completed a major report for the Ford Foundation The Digital War on Poverty: The Quest for High Tech Solutions to Poverty, to be published by Indiana University. He authored or contributed to several books on philanthropy and corporate citizenship, including Getting Grants (Harper & Row, 1980), Giving by Industry: A Reference Guide to the New Corporate Philanthropy (Aspen Publishers, 1999), and Corporate Philanthropy at the Crossroads, (University of Indiana Press, 1996).

Craig's work with the public sector has been extensive. He helped shape policies on philanthropy for two administrations, those of President Reagan and of President Clinton. In the 1980s, he helped the Japanese government establish tax and regulatory promoting philanthropy by Japanese companies.

He graduated with honors in political science from Stanford University in 1968, and was awarded a Fulbright Fellowship. He has advanced degrees from the University of California-Berkeley and Brandeis University. Between 1978 and 1980 Craig was a research fellow at the University of Colorado-Boulder with the economist and general systems theorist, Kenneth Boulding.




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