Philanthropy on the Field

Saturday, December 1, 2018
9am - 2pm

About the Event

Join Doris Buffett’s Learning by Giving Foundation (LxG) and over 250 of Boston’s young professionals for the city’s first large-scale, one-day philanthropy event at Fenway Park. Over the course of one day, participants will have an introduction to LxG coursework and philosophy, hear from some of the city’s premier civic, philanthropic, and community leaders, and direct over $100,000 to high-impact, local nonprofits. Throughout the event, participants will learn how they can use their time, treasure, and talent to support nonprofits in Boston.

Event Details

  • Date: Saturday, December 1, 2018
  • Location: Fenway Park, Boston, MA
  • Time: 9am – 2pm (with an after-party until 4pm)
  • Audience: 250 of Greater Boston’s young professionals and emerging leaders
  • Impact: 25 nonprofit participants within four main impact areas: Health, Housing, Youth Education/Opportunity, and Environment. At the event, $100k will be directed by participants to be given in various amounts to participating nonprofits.


  • 9am – 11:30am: Welcome & LxG class simulation by Rebecca Riccio (Director of Northeastern University’s Social Impact Lab and LxG faculty member)
  • 11:30am- 12:30pm: Lunch and Q&A between Alex Buffett Rozek (Doris’ grandson and chair of the LxG board) and Congressman Joe Kennedy and Lauren Birchfield Kennedy
  • 12:30pm – 2pm: Nonprofit showcase, grant competition and awards, and volunteer/donor interviews
  • 2pm – 4pm: Emerging Leader after-party and networking

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Panel Speakers

Joe Kennedy III

Joe Kennedy III is proud to serve the Fourth District of Massachusetts in Congress. Currently in his third term, he represents a diverse district that stretches from the suburbs of Boston to the more industrial cities of Massachusetts’ South Coast.

As a member of the influential House Energy & Commerce Committee, Joe has crafted a legislative agenda driven by the needs of his constituents. With a focus on issues like mental health and addiction, energy costs, manufacturing and STEM education, he has prioritized bipartisan reforms that directly impact the families, businesses and communities he is honored to represent.

His efforts to strengthen mental health parity laws, increase Medicaid reimbursement rates for behavioral health providers, and ensure the federal government invests in the entire continuum of care have made him an emerging leader on mental health and substance use disorders issues in Congress.

Inspired by the rich manufacturing tradition of the 4th Congressional District and the modern economic challenges many of his communities face, Joe has been a vocal advocate for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) education, vocational schools and community colleges since he arrived in Washington. His Perkins Modernization Act and STEM Gateways Act, which focus on expanding educational opportunity to middle and working-class students, both passed the House in 2016 with broad bipartisan support.

Additionally, his Revitalize American Manufacturing and Innovation Act (RAMI) wassigned into law by President Obama in 2014. The bipartisan legislation supports a networkof domestic manufacturing centers aimed at fueling new technologies and educating a next-generation workforce.

Lauren Birchfield Kennedy

Lauren Birchfield Kennedy is the co-founder of Neighborhood Villages. Prior to co-founding Neighborhood Villages, Kennedy was the Director of Health Policy at the National Partnership for Women & Families in Washington, D.C., where she directed the organization’s health policy portfolio and oversaw advocacy strategy for key policy initiatives, including implementation of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and comprehensive health care payment and delivery system reform. Kennedy has worked extensively on health policy at both the federal and state levels and is an expert on ACA, Medicare, and Medicaid policy.

She has held senior policy positions at Boston Medical Center, NARAL Pro-Choice America, and the Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts Foundation. From 2014-2017, Kennedy served on the board of Family Medicine for America’s Health.

Kennedy graduated summa cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts in political science from the University of California, Los Angeles. She holds a law degree with honors from Harvard Law School. Kennedy resides in Massachusetts with her husband and two children.

Alex Buffett Rozek

Alexander Buffett Rozek serves the Foundation as its President and is also a member of the Board of Directors of the Letters Foundation. Learning by Giving and the Letters Foundation are both cornerstones of Doris Buffett’s philanthropy, which in aggregate has distributed more than $150 million in grants since 1996.

Prior to his current role, Alex was the Director for the Learning By Giving Program when it began as part of the Sunshine Lady Foundation in 2003 and oversaw the growth of the program from its first school to the current 30 colleges and universities. Alex has also worked on a number of other projects for the Sunshine Lady Foundation, including working closely with the Massachusetts Department of Public Health and New England Eye to start the Boston Senior Oral and Vision Health Program. Alex has also worked with the Red Sox Foundation to support their Red Sox Scholars program.

In his day job, Alex manages an investment partnership in Boston where he lives with wife Mimi, young daughter Luna and four Australian shepherds: Mac, General Leia, Woody & Jessie.

Alex graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with a B.S. in Biology and a minor in Chemistry.

Venue Location

4 Yawkey Way
Boston, MA, 02215

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