Stavros Niarchos Foundation

​Ithaca Initiative


Universities for Democratic Citizenship

​Tim Shaffer discusses the history and future of engaged universities in the United States ​

2022 SNF Ithaca National Leadership Summit

Leaders from nearly 20 colleges and universities gathered to discuss the intersection of media and democracy, and the role of the college classroom in shaping democratic citizens, at the second annual SNF Ithaca National Leadership Summit.

Regaining Public Trust in Journalism

The SNF Ithaca Initiative staff and students developed and led a series of sessions on trust and truth in the media and democracy at iMEdD's International Journalism Week in Athens, Greece.

Faculty Perspective: For a Healthy Democracy

Timothy J. Shaffer, Stavros Niarchos Foundation (SNF) Chair of Civil Discourse, shares his perspective on the state of the US democracy and how to encourage positive change.

​Compelli​​​​​ng Programming

The annual headline event of the SNF Ithaca Initiative is National Student Dialogue, which brings together a diverse group of college students from across the country to discuss, debate, and develop policy solutions that would benefit from bi-partisan collaboration. Over the course of a weekend, the event celebrates student leaders and facilitatse discussions, panels, and town halls that train students to more effectively and respectfully engage with one another in policy discussions on their campuses and in their communities.​

​Additional programming includes​ the Biden School Civility in Public Service Award—an annual event that will honor two public servants from disparate places on the political spectrum who successfully worked together for the public good, as well as “All Politics is Personal"—a filmed seminar series hosted by Valerie Biden Owens in which students will get to meet public servants from across the ideological spectrum and get to know the person behind the politician, driving home the point that we can find commonality, humanity, and civility even with people with whom we disagree politically.​​

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​About the UD Biden School

Established in 1961 and named in 2018 for the University of Delaware's most distinguished alumnus, the 46th President of the United States, the Joseph R. Biden, Jr. School of Public Policy and Administration prepares students with the knowledge and skills necessary to engage in research and public service activities to improve the quality of life in communities around the world. The Biden School's faculty, staff, students, and alumni create and use interdisciplinary, nonpartisan research, and empirically-based analysis to inform effective decision-making and policy and to improve leadership and administration. The Biden School partners with organizations from all sectors to discover innovative and equitable solutions to the critical challenges of our time.

​About the Stavros Niarchos Foundation (SNF)

The Stavros Niarchos Foundation (SNF) is one of the world's leading private, international philanthropic organizations, making grants to nonprofit organizations in the areas of arts and culture, education, health and sports, and social welfare. SNF funds organizations and projects worldwide that aim to achieve a broad, lasting, and positive impact for society at large, and exhibit strong leadership and sound management. SNF also supports projects that facilitate the formation of public-private partnerships as an effective means for serving public welfare. Since 1996, the Foundation has committed more than $3.1 billion through over 4,900 grants to nonprofit organizations in more than 130 countries around the world.