Retired foundation chief to lead Duke program

DURHAM, N.C. — A veteran of the U.S. philanthropic sector has been tapped to lead Duke University’s new center focusing on the role and impact of the America’s foundations.

Edward Skloot, who served as president of the New York City-based Surdna Foundation from 1989 to 2007, will take up his new post as director of the Center for Philanthropy and Civil Society this spring.

The center, part of Duke’s Terry Sanford Institute for Public Policy, aims to increase the effectives and impact of the foundation sector in the U.S.

It also will work to develop strategies for tackling pervasive issues like health, energy and the environment by working in partnership with other Duke programs, including the Duke Global Health Institute, the Nicholas School of the Environment and Earth Sciences, Fuqua School of Business and Pratt School of Engineering.

Skloot will assume oversight of the center’s existing foundation research program and, by the fall 2009, hopes to launch an executive education program serving foundation executives and people working to launch philanthropic programs.

The new center is funded through grants from the David and Lucile Packard Foundation and the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, endowment gifts and other gifts and grants.

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