Jeff Cain

Is philanthropy killing itself with kindness?  That’s the subject of a long piece today in the Chronicle of Philanthropy. But the headline doesn’t get it quite right, which is one aspect of the problem that the author is trying to explain. It is not exactly kindness that is the root of the problem. It is actually disingenuousness. Anyone who has spent time in and around the world of philanthropy understands, almost intuitively, that human frailty is frequently at once what drives and undermines charitable giving. Philanthropy exposes almost like no other human endeavor character strengths and weaknesses. So it is that the so-called problem with philanthropy is almost always moral rather than technical.          



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