117: Yvonne Moore On Philanthropy, Trust, Mental Health and Faith

117: Yvonne Moore On Philanthropy, Trust, Mental Health and Faith

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117: Yvonne Moore On Philanthropy, Trust, Mental Health and Faith

Guest Overview 

Moore Philanthropy founder Yvonne Moore was born in St Louis and brought up in Dallas Texas by her doctor father and teacher mother, in an environment that nurtured her generosity of spirit and set her on her path to a life of philanthropy.

Influenced by paternal grandmothers, success focused parents and competitive siblings, a college education was always expected.

In Part One we cover how her mother imbued her service driven principles, sharing time, talent and treasure, her first experience of racism in college in West Texas and the broader historic, socio-cultural context of racism, America’s original sin and its connection to the current US electoral system.

We discuss the challenges faced as an African American in the South, the social injustice, poll taxes and voting rights acts. The social skewed injustice of the Covid Pandemic.

Yvonne opens up about living with fear, the unknown and using therapy to overcome it.

We then chart her serendipitous path to a career in philanthropy, navigating policy changes to improve society, and breakdown the structure of the philanthropic sector.

In part two we dive deep into Yvonne’s amazing work in philanthropic sector representing family foundations like Klingenstein’s focus on mental health, Abigail Disney’s Pierre Hauser’s Daphne Foundation and the Police Foundation

We discuss the challenges faced since the last election, how Harry Potter saved her as she dealt with depression, the importance of the process of therapy and being comfortable in her own authority.

Yvonne explains why you can hack trust, finding the right match between grantees for social organizations. And why problems are not solved with money but more by public will and political will.

We discuss wealth and happiness, the role of the philanthropic sector and role of government in solving problems and the need to get out of its own way and why the agility of the sector is its untapped power and issues leadership needs to grapple with.

Yvonne reflects on Covid19, mental health, the stigma, and the lack of leadership on the issue. She compares this to the Ebola experience and her anger that we are not taking this seriously.

I ask Yvonne on education, serendipity and she discusses listening, fear, faith, and trust.

And there are all her quick fire answers.

I hope you are inspired by the generous spirit, social conscience and philanthropic heart of Yvonne Moore.




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The New School 


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Abigail Disney

Daphne Foundation 

Winners Take All 

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