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LCCF Author Talks: "In Defence of Philanthropy" with Beth Breeze

Join us for the next installment in LCCF's series featuring authors of new books that explore trends in the social sector.

Criticizing philanthropy has become increasingly popular, especially in relation to private giving by the biggest donors. Philanthropy is now widely understood as inherently problematic, depicted as at best a self-promoting ruse, and at worst an activity that causes more harm than good. Concerns about philanthropy are not new: questions have long been raised about donor motivation, as well as the proper role and implications of private giving in the public sphere. Beth Breeze argues that the current wave of pessimism about the role and potential of philanthropy is a reactionary and damaging development that overstates the nature of the ‘threat’ and understates both the positive benefits of private giving, and the widespread, yet often overlooked, attempts to improve its practice and impact.

Beth Breeze is Director of the Centre for Philanthropy and Reader in Social Policy at the University of Kent.

Jan 18, 2022 11:00 AM in Pacific Time (US and Canada)

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