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Carnegie Fund Backs National-Service Forum With White House Candidates

Presidential candidates John McCain and Barack Obama have been invited to weigh in on their plans for public service during a conference in New York City on September 11 and 12 organized by Time magazine
and the Carnegie Corporation.

Both senators have strong backgrounds in public service and have said they would like to expand or improve current public-service programs such as AmeriCorps, as The Chronicle notes on the Campaign 2008
section of its Web site.

AARP, Target, and Service Nation — a national campaign of more than 100 organizations that want to promote expanded public-service opportunities— will also attend the forum. Senator McCain has confirmed his participation, according to the Carnegie Corporation, and Senator Obama is expected to attend.

The co-chairs of the conference will be Richard Stengel, managing editor at Time; Alma Powell; Caroline Kennedy; Carnegie’s president, Vartan Gregorian; and AARP’s chief executive officer, Bill Novelli.

The meeting will be opened by Michael Bloomberg , New York City’s mayor, and closed by California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, who is the first governor to create a cabinet post to oversee service and volunteering.

To read more about the ways foundations and nonprofit groups can promote public service, see this opinion article from the latest edition of The Chronicle of Philanthropy.

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