ROI and The Ethics of Giving

Special Interest Speaker Series

Due to unforseen circumstances, this event has been canceled.

Charlie Bresler, former business leader and now Executive Director of the non-profit, The Life You Can Save, will provide tools for determining how to achieve the most impact with your charitable donations, as well as explore the ethical argument for effective philanthropy.

Surprisingly, only 35% of people do any research before making their charitable contributions; even more surprisingly only 16% say the impact of their donation determines where they give. Further, most people do not examine the relative value of how they spend discretionary dollars versus what good could be done with that money. This type of “philanthropic” behavior leads donors to miss the opportunity to do enormous good and calls into question the morality of how we choose to give and live.

Most people who live on less than $1.25 per day live in countries where very small sums of money can save lives and reduce the suffering that is endemic in these areas. This reality creates numerous opportunities for donors to achieve a significant impact with relatively few dollars. Unlike with many of the issues we are concerned about, significant progress toward ending extreme poverty can be made.

Charlie’s Bio:
After earning a PhD in Social and Clinical Psychology from Clark University, Charlie became The Director of Behavioral Medicine for The California School of Professional Psychology, Fresno (CSPP-F) where he was a full-time professor for seven years. Before departing the world of academia, Charlie founded and directed the Anxiety and Stress Disorder Clinic, a treatment and teaching clinic for CSPP-F. Upon leaving CSPP-F, Charlie was recruited to The Men’s Wearhouse where he was head for human resources, stores, and marketing. Ultimately, he became President. In 2008, Charlie stepped down from his role to pursue a more socially oriented venture, but has remained a consultant to the CEO and senior executives at Men’s Wearhouse since that time.

Charlie worked as a consultant to the CEOs of two social ventures before becoming the Executive Director of The Life You Can Save. Through his financial support and leadership, Charlie has helped Peter Singer develop this organization from the ground up. With his keen understanding of human behavior, organizational development, and his consensus-building leadership style, Charlie continues to guide The Life You Can Save's team today.

Wednesday, April 15, 2015
6:00 PM – 8:00 PM


Midtown Location (Note: Address will be sent via email to all registered guests 24-48 hours prior to the event to the "Primary Email" address listed in your profile. Please review your profile to confirm that the email address listed is correct.)

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Gold & Benefactor Members - $0
Other Wharton Alumni/Guests - $40.00

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