Rhodri is the founder and Director of Why Philanthropy Matters.
He is a well-known thinker and commentator on philanthropy and civil society issue, and is regularly invited to write and speak about them for a wide range of audiences.
He also hosts the popular Philanthropisms podcast.
As well as running Why Philanthropy Matters, Rhodri is a Pears Research Fellow in the Centre for Philanthropy at the University of Kent, and also the Philanthropy Expert in Residence at the Pears Foundation.
In 2016 he published Public Good by Private Means: How philanthropy shapes Britain, a book tracing the history of philanthropy in Britain and what it tells us about the modern context. Since then he has been a self-confessed history of philanthropy nerd, and tweets about it far too much at @Philliteracy.
Rhodri was formerly Head of Policy at Charities Aid Foundation (CAF), where he created and led the in-house think tank Giving Thought, and also hosted CAF’s popular Giving Thought podcast for over 100 episodes.
Rhodri graduated from the University of Oxford with a first-class degree in Mathematics and Philosophy and embarked upon an academic career before migrating into public policy work, where he has spent the last 15 years figuring out how much more he still has to learn about philanthropy.
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