Past Events 

2018 Spring Benefit - Shared Interest: Shared Planet

On March 20, 2018, we celebrated transformative work to sustain people and planet in Southern Africa at our annual Spring Benefit - Shared Interest: Shared Planet at The Edison Ballroom.  That night, we celebrated the achievements of Congresswoman Barbara Lee by presenting her with our Advocate for Justice Award, and those of incoming Secretary General of Amnesty International, Kumi Naidoo, by honoring him with our Champion Award for People and Planet. New York City's Mayor, Bill de Blasio, stopped by to lend his support to our work and the people of South Africa.  MC Felicia Mabuza-Suttle hosted an inspiring program that included Ambassador Patrick Gaspard,  Valerie Jo Bradley and  Emira Woods, and a performance by Masauko, with a special tribute to Hugh Masekela by Lesedi Ntsane.​


Patrick Gaspard, Felicia Mabuza-Suttle,

Mayor Bill De Blasio, Donna Katzin and Kumi Naidoo


Matthew Patsky, Donna Katzin, Ron Shiffman Kumi Naidoo, Linnie McLean, Amelie Ratliff and 

Timothy Smith


Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, Yvonne O'Neal and guest


Anne Hess, Craig Kaplan and Kumi Naidoo

SABC News Reports on the Evening 

"Amnesty International's Secretary General-Designate Kumi Naidoo and Congresswoman Barbara Lee were both honored for their contributions in the struggle against apartheid and their subsequent work to uplift the marginalized and disadvantaged around the globe.  

The event also featured a tribute to the late jazz icon Hugh Masekela."

Video courtesy of SABC News. Please note that Shared Interest guarantees Southern African loans – it does not lend itself.


2017 Conversations for Change Highlights

Thank you for joining us on May 25th at Columbia's Low Library when we explored together the challenges South Africa and the United States share at this time and what the two countries can learn from each other. 


For 23 years,Shared Interest has 

done this work in partnership with our colleagues and communities on the ground, and with all of you who have made this program and progress possible .

Danny Glover and UN Ambassador Kingsley Mamabolo

Razia Said

Felicia Mabuza-Suttle and Marion Bergman

Danny Glover, Perry Hart, Donna Katzin, Tim Smith, Matthew Kirby-Smith

Lynn Haaland with guests from PepsiCo

Antony Bugg-Levine

2016 Gala Highlights

"Shared Interest exemplifies that spirit of service Nelson Mandela use to talk about - that as human beings, we have the power to overcome and eradicate poverty.  

Overcoming poverty is not a task of charity; it is an act of justice."

Honoring Change-Makers

On April 7, at its 22nd Anniversary Awards Gala at Espace in New York City, Shared Interest honored the following change-makers of Southern Africa:  UN Women's Executive Director, Dr. Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka; Antony Bugg-Levine, chair Global Impact Investing Network and CEO of the Non-Profit Finance Fund; Artists United Against Apartheid (AUAA); and Pepsico Inc.  The evening's major sponsors included the Bergman Family, South African Airways, Prudential and Walden Asset Management.   


In accepting Shared Interest corporate honoree award, Lynn Haaland, Pepsico Inc.'s SVP, Deputy General Counsel and Chief Compliance and Ethics Officer noted, "Shared Interest exemplifies that spirit of service Nelson Mandela used to talk about - that as human beings, we have the power to overcome and eradicate poverty.  Overcoming poverty is not a task of charity; it is an act of justice.  And I know that the effort to bring about systemic changes will enable South and Southern Africans' economically disenfranchised communities to sustain themselves is better and stronger because Shared Interest is engaged."


Actor, activist and Shared Interest Advisory Board member, Danny Glover helped pay tribute to participating artists and filmmakers involved in AUAA's album and video, Sun City.  


Nona Hendryx, filmmaker Jonathan Demme and Bill Schechter, brother of AUAA catalyst, Danny Schechter, helped celebrate this milestone 30th anniversary.  Guests enjoyed a spirited performance over dinner by the dynamic Malagasy singer and environmental activist, Razia Said, and through the evening, the special sparkle of this year's host, Felicia Mabuza-Suttle.   


I was unable to attend, but would like to make a contribution to support social and economic justice in Southern Africa.