Posts Tagged Philanthropy

Social justice philanthropy

The true measure of the wealthy should be their generosity, said Bradford Smith, president of the Foundation Center.

“If philanthropy is indeed becoming the new status symbol of the wealthy it will do a lot more to change the world than buying Gucci bags,” he said.

This is an excerpt from a recent Reuters article about the way in which philanthropy has become a new status symbol among the ultra-wealthy. On the one hand, it’s promising and true. Indeed, if more wealthy people were donating to Oxfam, that would have more of a social impact than were they to use this same amount of money on a shopping spree at Tiffany’s. It doesn’t matter what their motivation is as long as ...

The true measure of the wealthy should be their generosity, said Bradford Smith, president of the Foundation Center.

“If philanthropy is indeed becoming the new status symbol of the wealthy it will do a lot more to change ...

Social justice philanthropy

The true measure of the wealthy should be their generosity, said Bradford Smith, president of the Foundation Center.

“If philanthropy is indeed becoming the new status symbol of the wealthy it will do a lot more to change the world than buying Gucci bags,” he said.

This is an excerpt from a recent Reuters article about the way in which philanthropy has become a new status symbol among the ultra-wealthy. On the one hand, it’s promising and true. Indeed, if more wealthy people were donating to Oxfam, that would have more of a social impact than were they to use this same amount of money on a shopping spree at Tiffany’s. It doesn’t matter what their motivation is as long as ...

The true measure of the wealthy should be their generosity, said Bradford Smith, president of the Foundation Center.

“If philanthropy is indeed becoming the new status symbol of the wealthy it will do a lot more to change ...

Guest post: tribute to a gender studies godmother

This is a guest post from Gwendolyn Beetham, free-lance researcher and MPhil/PhD candidate at the London School of Economics and Political Science, where her project on gender and international development seeks to bridge her long-time love of activism and academic research.
I want to honor feminist economist and founder of the National Council for Research on Women, Mariam K. Chamberlain.
After receiving her PhD in economics from Harvard (before women were allowed to attend!), and working as one of the few women economists hired by the U.S. government during WWII, she became a program officer at the Ford Foundation.
Arriving at Ford during the beginning of the second wave feminist movement, Mariam was able to direct nearly $5 ...

This is a guest post from Gwendolyn Beetham, free-lance researcher and MPhil/PhD candidate at the London School of Economics and Political Science, where her project on gender and international development seeks to bridge her long-time love ...

“Inventing Fire for the Second Time”: Convergence, Collaboration, and Compromise at CGI 2009

As you all know, Jos, Vanessa and I have been attending the 5th Annual Meeting of the Clinton Global Initative this week in Manhattan. We’ve put up several posts already about the event, including coverage of the opening session, photos from the first day, and coverage of Wednesday morning’s Plenary Session on Investing in Women and Girls.
I’d like to offer a different kind of coverage here, one that tries to understand if and how the broader thematic goal of the Meeting- namely, cross-sector participation in addressing the world’s problems- works, and how it will ultimately affect women and girls globally.
In other words- Can business interests and NGO interests ever align productively? Can the ...

As you all know, Jos, Vanessa and I have been attending the 5th Annual Meeting of the Clinton Global Initative this week in Manhattan. We’ve put up several posts already about the event, including

Live Blogging: NCRW Philanthropy, Social Entrepreneurship and Activism

Richard Brown, from American Express talks about the intersection between corporate philanthropy and leadership development.
Janelle Shubert, from Babson College, talks about social entrepreneurship. Babson College, which she claims is the premier educational institution globally for social entrepreneurship, is based on three principles: people, planet, profit. According to Ashoka, one of the leading organizations on social entrepreneurship:

Social entrepreneurs are individuals with innovative solutions to society’s most pressing social problems. They are ambitious and persistent, tackling major social issues and offering new ideas for wide-scale change.
Rather than leaving societal needs to the government or business sectors, social entrepreneurs find what is not working and solve the problem by changing the system, spreading the solution, and persuading entire ...

Richard Brown, from American Express talks about the intersection between corporate philanthropy and leadership development.
Janelle Shubert, from Babson College, talks about social entrepreneurship. Babson College, which she claims is the premier educational institution globally ...

Feminist Fairy God Mother Blesses Colleges and Universities with Female Presidents

From the Associated Press:

It is the question on everyone’s lips in philanthropy: Who is the mysterious donor giving away millions of dollars to at least a dozen universities nationwide?
A circle of successful businesswomen? A publicity-shy billionaire? Oprah?
What is so unusual is that not even the universities know the answer. But the parlor game is afoot, with only one real clue: So far, all the universities are led by women.
Coincidence? Unlikely. Women lead about 23 percent of U.S. colleges. The odds of a dozen randomly selected institutions all having female leaders are 1 in 50 million.

The article goes on to postulate about the motivation of this woman or group of women donors. Essentially, it seems, someone wants ...

From the Associated Press:

It is the question on everyone’s lips in philanthropy: Who is the mysterious donor giving away millions of dollars to at least a dozen universities nationwide?
A circle of successful businesswomen? A publicity-shy ...

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