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Emmett D. Carson is currently chairman of the Council on Foundations’ Board of Directors, a national philanthropic organization with more than 2,000 members. He is also CEO of the Minneapolis Foundation, one of the largest and oldest community foundations in the country. He has published more than 75 works on philanthropy and social justice issues and is perhaps best known for his research on black philanthropy.

Carson served as plenary speaker at “Community Foundations: Symposium on a Global Movement,” a December 2004 event held in Berlin, Germany, and attended by more than 160 people.

Emmett D. Carson

Emmett D. Carson

The symposium was coordinated by the Worldwide Initiatives for Grantmaker Support (WINGS), an organization that serves more than 100 associations of grantmakers and support organizations around the world and is housed in the European Foundation Centre (EFC) in Brussels, Belgium. Event funders included the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation, which made two grants to EFC totaling $168,745 for costs associated with organizing the symposium.

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