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Tuesday, October 11, 2016
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On Monday, October 10, AVENUE took over the fourth floor of a private club in downtown Manhattan to celebrate our annual A-List and our October Power Issue. Editor Daisy Prince led a panel of philanthropy disrupters who spoke on the evolution of giving. The panel featured two of our October cover stars, Matthew Stinchcomb of The Good Work Institute and Leah Hunt-Hendrix of Solidaire, as well as Nina Pickett of Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center.

As the co-founder of Etsy, Stinchcomb is at the forefront of the tech startup movement. He has since moved on to start The Good Work Institute, which is a six-month business fellowship program based in the Hudson Valley, and he talked about how investing in community businesses can drive local economies. Inspired by the themes Occupy Wall Street and the Arab Spring, Hunt-Hendrix founded Solidaire as a way for people of privilege to find a role in the social movements of our time. She spoke about the most pressing social causes today, citing her passion for supporting black-led organizations. Pickett told the story of Memorial Sloan-Kettering’s crowd funding campaign with Humans of New York, a social media phenomenon that documents the lives of everyday New Yorkers, last May. Together, they raised almost $4 million for pediatric cancer research in two weeks.

The discussion focused on the future of philanthropy and giving, how organizations can become more connected to their causes, and how the digital age has changed the approach to philanthropic endeavors.

“This was a great opportunity for AVENUE to see how fundraising can be enhanced in digital and social media world. We had three amazing and original panelists and hopefully this will be the first of many conversations on this topic” said Prince. “It was an exciting and fresh moment for us, and it was great to get the uptown crowd over to downtown.”

After the talk, guests enjoyed more wine and hors d’oeuvres at the cocktail reception lounge next door to the cinema room. Attendees had the privilege of getting some one-on-one time with the panelists in a more casual setting.

Guests included Hunt-Hendrix’s mother Helen LaKelly Hunt, as well as Consuelo Vanderbilt Costin, Cassandra Seidenfeld, Nicole Noonan, Anne Gebhardt, Kristin Guiter, Christina Johansson, Fred StantonEmily BidwellMatthew Caws, Arthur Fournier, Helio Campos, Anival Luqui, Angelina Dreem, Jordan Wexler, Hunter Hunt-Hendrix, Caroline Burwell, Andrew Schloss, Fred Stanton, Todd Siegal and Judith Newman, as well as AVENUE President Randi Schatz and Manhattan Media Chairman Richard Burns.

Photos by Leandro J./BFA.com.

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