The Third Brazilian Forum of Social and Philanthropic Investors, organized by the Institute for the Development of Social Investment (IDIS) and the Global Philanthropy Forum (GPF) was held in São Paulo and attracted major names in Brazilian philanthropy and leading foreign speakers. The event’s theme was “Innovation and Impact of Social Investment”. The forum began by pointing out the bold face of private social investment in Brazil and in the world, along with inspiring stories from philanthropists.
The roundtable “Family Social Investment” brought center stage the energy of two of the main socially active families in the country. Beatriz Gerdau Johannpeter and Jorge Gerdau Johannpeter told their story of the Gerdau Institute. “Social work is a legacy in our family, which is now in its fifth generation. The creation of the institute was a milestone to ensure the perpetuation of our values”, said Beatriz, who was inspired to pursue social work by her son’s health problems. At the same table, Sandra Regina Mutarelli Setúbal and José Luiz Egydio Setúbal spoke about the work of the José Luiz Egydio Setubal Foundation, which created the Institute PENSI for research on Pediatrics.
Innovation set the tone of one session called, “The Impact of Technology in Leveraging Philanthropy”, mediated by the executive director of WINGS, Helena Monteiro. The executive director of the Arapyaú Institute, Marcelo Furtado; the general secretary of the Roberto Marinho Foundation, Hugo Barreto; and the president of the Banco do Brasil Foundation, José Caetano de Andrade Minchillo, explained how the use of technology affects the work of their organizations.
The plenary “Philanthropy and Sustainable Development Goals”, moderated by the senior fellow of Global Philanthropy at Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors, Heather Grady, focused on the role that social investment will have on the post-2015 global agenda, when the Millennium Development Goals will have expired. The participants of this discussion were the representative of Brazil in the Inter-American Development Bank, Daniela Carrera; the director of Votorantim Institute, Cloves Carvalho; and the head of the group of Innovations & Development Alliances Cluster from UNDP, Marcos Neto.
One of the most exciting moments of the forum took place during the session ‘In conversation with…”. The first guest to talk about his work was the musician Peter Buffett, son of billionaire philanthropist Warren Buffet and co-chair of the NoVo Foundation, which works with girls’ and women’s rights. Interviewed by Helena Monteiro of WINGS, Peter Buffet, whose organization received U$1 billion from his father to apply to charitable action, said “Philanthropy is a way to have a purpose in life to wake up every day.” He also wisely noted, “The best world would be one where everyone had enough and philanthropy would be no longer needed”.