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Q&A with director Stephen Gyllenhaal & Kathryn O’Neal Dunham, CEO of Philanthropy New York, moderated by Laura Rossi, Executive Director of Westchester Community Foundation

After three of the most dynamic and successful U.S. charities were shut down by conservative charity watchdogs, destroying lives and cutting off precious resources, many of the top influencers in the field knew something had to be done to overhaul the nonprofit sector.

Led by Dan Pallotta, whose record-breaking TED Talk on the subject has inspired leading philanthropists and changemakers, this feature-length documentary directed by Stephen Gyllenhaal exposes the dark side of philanthropy and introduces a radical new way of giving. In a powerful call to action, UnCharitable demands that charities be freed from the traditional sackcloth-and-ashes constraints, so that they can truly change the world.

Driven by the poignant, personal stories of Dan Pallotta, Steve Nardizzi, Dorri McWhorter, Scott Harrison, Edward Norton, Darren Walker, and other prominent figures in philanthropy, UnCharitable delivers an emotional journey that moves, persuades, and inspires its audience to change the way we think about giving.

No topic is more crucial and timely as we confront an increasingly unstable world with the growing revelation that we are all interconnected and that our fate lies in how much we are willing to invest in positive change.

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Q&A with director Stephen Gyllenhaal and Kathryn O’Neal Dunham, CEO of Philanthropy New York. Moderated by Laura Rossi, Executive Director of Westchester Community Foundation.
Monday, Mar. 4 2024, 8:30
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  • Stephen Gyllenhaal, as an award-winning Hollywood director, loves tackling challenging subjects through his movies, TV shows and documentaries, including Twin Peaks, Rectify, Dangerous Woman, Losing Isaiah, Paris Trout, Girl Fight, Waterland, Killing In a Small Town, Leap of Faith, Shattered Mind and In Utero.He has published a book of poetry, Claptrap, Notes from Hollywood; is writing two new books, Enjoy It! and Liquid Motel and is a proud father and grandfather. At the beginning of 2017 he embarked on two charitable projects – this movie and an educational Mental Health Institute, focusing on the impact of trauma from conception through pre-verbal development.From the perspective of these two ventures, he’s come to understand and experience the profound dysfunction of the so-called “non-profit sector” and has made it his mission to do everything he can to unleash the charitable/mission driven sector to do what it was charged to do – make this a far better world.
  • Kathryn O'Neal-Dunham was recently appointed the CEO of Philanthropy New York, a trusted community of nearly 300 philanthropic organizations. PNY develops forward-thinking guidance, programming, and advocacy to address the unique challenges of philanthropy and convenes funders to strengthen ties across the sector. Kathryn previously served as the organization's COO, shepherding PNY's strategic planning and annual learning and evaluation processes, and developing the organization's racial equity practices.She has a track record of building and nurturing talented teams and thinking strategically to ensure financial stability and organizational growth. She provided leadership in Philanthropy New York's successful Fund for 2025 campaign and more recently championed the organization's process to reimagine its values. In 2020, O'Neal-Dunham was responsible for strengthening key partnerships across the City and State's nonprofit associations while navigating the maze of advocacy needs during the COVID crisis.Before joining Philanthropy New York, she held leadership roles at United Way of New York City and the Macquarie Group Foundation. At UWNYC, she led a Task Force of academics, practitioners, and community leaders to design the organization's community investment strategy around income stability. She built Macquarie's philanthropic strategy and partnerships in the Americas and crafted the process to revise the Foundation's strategic goals and objectives.Early in her career, Kathryn worked in community-based organizations, managing the fundraising and external affairs of Inwood House and the recruitment functions of a New York City-based mentoring program. Kathryn has a B.A. in Clinical Psychology from Tufts University and received her Master's degree in Public Administration and Health Policy from the Robert F. Wagner School of Public Affairs at NYU. She is a Trustee and member of the Executive Committee of the Children's Village and was previously a Warden of the Church of the Epiphany in New York City.

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