Category: Books & Ideas

Personalism builds an exclusive humanism into a bond of charity

While a philanthropy based on exclusive humanism can slide into trivial or dangerous regimes, self-giving reciprocity is one way to build a bond of love of neighbor. … MORE >>

Does education philanthropy build up or tear down our nation?

To look at the history of education philanthropy is to look into the giving of some of the largest foundations in our nation’s history, does their educational giving help or harm our nation?… MORE >>

Philanthropy begins in ancient Greece and declines alongside Rome, while charity only arises with Christianity

This history of philanthropy and charity claims that the Greek origin of philanthropy with its Roman and humanistic development purportedly had an untimely demise due to Christian charity.… MORE >>

Gates Foundation subsidizes for-profits: new twist on philanthrocapitalism

The recent critic of the Gates Foundation points to a shift in practice where large foundations now subsidize the bottom line of for-profit institutions, giving a new twist to philanthrocapitalism.… MORE >>

Do private funds impinge the freedom of the press?

Some media outlets receive funding from nonprofit foundations to stay open, and an ethical problem arises, i.e. do private foundations pollute the freedom of the press.… MORE >>

Charity vs. philanthropy: on the Society of St. Vincent de Paul

The first in a series on the split between philanthropy and charity, Jeremy Beer considers the perennial and particular value of the Society of St. Vincent de Paul.… MORE >>

The Philanthropic Revolution: philanthrolocalism versus effective altruism

As our frequent readers know, Jeremy Beer, our associate editor, has a new book out, and it is garnering a number of reviews, a few of which are noted below.… MORE >>

Donor-advised funds: debates and discussions at Boston College

Contentions about the role of Donor-advised funds in the philanthropic world, were aired last week at Boston College Law School Forum on Philanthropy and the Public Good.… MORE >>

Where did donor-advised funds come from?

Donor-advised funds are a major tour-de-force, and their historical significance has not been recognized by many, but they have shifted the balance of powers to the private sector.… MORE >>

Thoreau’s critique of philanthropy does not mean he was against charity

The iconographic individualist, Thoreau, has been excoriated as selfish for his critique of philanthropy, but this is an oversimplified response to a nuanced thinker. “In Walden, an eight-paragraph critique of philanthropy follows this line, in which Thoreau suggests that there is a relevant distinction between “philanthropic enterprises” and what Schulz describes as “helping other people.” Thoreau avoided philanthropic enterprises not because he resented helping other people (there are too many examples in which he did provide help to others) but because he thought philanthropy was usually driven by selfishness.… MORE >>

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