Peer Event

Building Sustainable and Inclusive Communities: U.S. Philanthropy and the Sustainable Development Goals

Leaders from U.S. foundations are invited to a roundtable discussion to explore the value of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) as a collaborative framework to advance progress on social, economic, and environmental priorities in the United States.

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Free - Invitation Only

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Philanthropic organizations in the United States are leading efforts across the country and around the world to build sustainable, resilient, and inclusive communities. Together with American city and state leaders, academic institutions, businesses, and non-profits, many philanthropies are using the SDGs to guide their work towards shared goals, build partnerships even across lines of difference, and benchmark progress.

Next year is the halfway point on the SDGs and is an opportunity to take stock of what more is needed and to accelerate efforts toward 2030. World leaders will mark this important moment at the second SDG Leader’s Summit on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly in 2023, where President Biden is expected to participate. U.S. philanthropic organizations have an opportunity to showcase their existing impactful work in this space, identify areas for further engagement, and provide a foundation and community of support as the U.S. government shapes its engagement and plans through 2030. 

The Council on Foundations, the United Nations Foundation, and the Brookings Institution will host a roundtable in the lead-up to the UN General Assembly that brings together leaders from U.S. philanthropic organizations to explore the value of the SDGs as a collaborative framework to advance progress on social, economic, and environmental priorities in the United States. The roundtable will provide an opportunity to discuss how U.S. philanthropies might leverage cross-sector momentum, including strong leadership and innovation from American cities, and strengthen collective impact through trusted cross-sector partnerships that leverage the common language of the SDGs. It will also explore opportunities and ideas for engagement on the SDGs over the next year and through 2030. 

This roundtable will discuss: 

  • What is the role of U.S. philanthropy in advancing the achievement of the SDGs in the United States?  
  • How can U.S. philanthropies be better mobilized in the countdown to 2030 and what opportunities are there to engage in the lead-up to the 2023 SDG Leaders’ Summit? 
  • What opportunities do the SDGs present to leverage cross-sector partnerships, mobilize efforts, and advance shared priorities?


  • Tony Pipa, Senior Fellow - Global Economy and Development, Center for Sustainable Development, The Brookings Institution


  • Krista Rasmussen, Officer of Policy and Research, United Nations Foundation
  • Additional speakers are to be confirmed


Registration is now open. To register, please reach out to Brian Kastner, Director of Engagement.

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