Emily Tow Tour

Book your place at Philanthropy Australia’s first Thought Leadership event in 2020, to join keynote speaker Emily Tow, President of The Tow Foundation (USA).


Emily will share her experience as an active systems change philanthropist and her commitment to supporting advocacy as a key to achieving social change. Under Emily’s leadership, The Tow Foundation has promoted solutions to a more equitable, fair and safe criminal justice system in Connecticut, New York and across the United States.

Emily will be joined by a panel of experts in their fields including Kerry Jones, Director of Systems Initiatives, The Australian Centre for Social Innovation in Adelaide. Jess Dart, CEO, Clear Horizon Consulting in Melbourne. Beck Dawson – Chief Resilience Officer, City of Sydney in Sydney and Matthew Cox – Director, Logan Together in Brisbane.

This event will surface insights through stories of change globally about how philanthropy is evolving to influence systems. In addition to sharing how working with the Justice System to reduce incarceration rates links to health systems. Carolyn Curtis, CEO, TACSI will discuss ‘Philanthropy, Systems and Change’ an innovative report comprised of a collection of unique stories and tools to support foundations in growing the mindsets, behaviours and practices that enable systems change.

Part of this event will be a hands-on workshop with Chris Vanstone, CIO, TACSI exploring some of the reflection tools in ‘Philanthropy, Systems and Change’ concluding with a panel discussion with Philanthropy and NFP leaders in each State.

Emily will present at events in Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane and Adelaide alongside a panel of local experts from each state.

This event is suited to;

  • Philanthropists and Foundations that are active in systems change work
  • Philanthropists and Foundations that are beginning to work this way or are interested to learn more
  • Charities/non-profits that work in systems change: with either positive or negative experiences
  • Charities/non-profits who would like to know how to engage funders effectively in supporting system change
  • Systems change influencers and government active in systems

Tickets can be purchased via the following links:

About Emily Tow

Emily Tow is president of The Tow Foundation, a private family foundation with $220 million in assets and approximately $20 million in annual giving. She joined the Foundation’s Board of Directors at its inception in 1988 and has been leading the foundation since 1995. An innovator and changemaker, Emily leads with the Foundation with a highly collaborative approach. Under Emily’s leadership, the Foundation has developed and advanced its vision of a society where all people have the opportunity to enjoy a high quality of life and have a voice in their community. Emily oversees the strategic direction of the Foundation through cultivating its collaborative efforts, shaping major initiatives, and setting long-term objectives.

Emily is currently a trustee of Barnard College and New York Public Radio. She was appointed by Governor Andrew Cuomo to the New York State Juvenile Justice Advisory Group and also serves on the Advisory Committee of the American Theatre Wing. Emily advances the Foundation’s priorities through her engagement with numerous local, state and national committees and coalitions. She is also an active member of Grantmakers for Effective Organizations and Exponent Philanthropy, and former chair of Philanthropy New York.

Emily speaks nationally and internationally about the Foundation’s work, its commitment to advocacy as a key to achieving social change, and the value of family philanthropy. She has received numerous honors and awards, including Connecticut Council for Philanthropy’s John H. Filer Award for leadership in promoting private action for the public good.

Emily earned her B.A. in History from Barnard College. She received an honorary Doctor of Criminal Justice degree from University of New Haven in 2017.