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Articles exploring current issues, historical themes and future trends in philanthropy.

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    Philanthropy and the Quest for Eternal Life

    7th March 2024

    What impact might the growing interest in radical life extension technology among the ultra-wealthy have on philanthropy?

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    The History of Social Justice Philanthropy in the UK

    7th February 2024

    To mark the publication of Fozia Irfan’s report Transformative Philanthropy: A Manual for Social Change, we take a look at the history of philanthropy aimed at social justice in the UK.

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    What will 2024 bring for philanthropy and civil society?

    14th December 2023

    We explore some of the key ideas in the recent “2024 predictions” episode of the Philanthropisms podcast.

    If you want to listen to that in full, you can find part 1 HERE and part 2 HERE.

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    GUEST ARTICLE: Fears for Tears – Why are we so afraid to allow emotion into philanthropy?

    27th November 2023

    In this guest article Natasha Friend, Director of Camden Giving – a London-based participatory grantmaker – asks why we have become so uncomfortable allowing emotion into professionalised philanthropy, and whether something is lost as a result.

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    OpenAI and the challenges of combining profit with purpose

    23rd November 2023

    What lessons might the recent high-profile chaos at OpenAI hold for philanthropy and civil society?

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    What is the point of philanthropic foundations? Part 3: current issues

    14th November 2023

    This is the third and final part of an essay mini-series exploring the nature and role of philanthropic foundations. Here we consider some of the key themes that have emerged throughout the long history of critique and criticisms of foundations, and how these might inform our understanding of current debates.

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    What is the point of philanthropic foundations? Part 2: historical perspective

    14th November 2023

    This is the second of a three-part essay mini-series exploring the nature and role of philanthropic foundations. In this part we trace the historical roots of the foundation idea.

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    What is the point of philanthropic foundations? Part 1: definitions

    14th November 2023

    This is the first of a three-part essay mini-series exploring the nature and role of philanthropic foundations. In this part we take a look at why defining what a foundation is presents such a challenge.

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    GUEST ARTICLE: Why we (still) need to move beyond “overheads” as a way of judging charities

    20th October 2023

    In this guest article Tom Le Fanu from Raise Your Hands, explores why the “overhead myth” is still the bane of so many charities’ lives and what we can do to move beyond it.

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    Essay Series: The Expanding Landscape of Doing Good

    23rd Sept 2023

    Is the “landscape of doing good” getting bigger and more diverse than ever before? And what might this mean for traditional philanthropy and nonprofits? We pose the questions that are going to guide a new essay series on this website.

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    Does Philanthropy Make You a Good Person?

    9th September 2023

    We explore how and why philanthropy informs our judgements about other people’s moral worth.

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    Radical Philanthropy: Some thoughts on the recent New Yorker profile of Leah Hunt-Hendrix

    17th August 2023

    Rhodri Davies highlights a few thoughts prompted by the recent New Yorker magazine profile of philanthropist Leah Hunt-Hendrix.

  • Learn from our past to better understand our future.

    Philanthropy has a long and varied history. We’ve created bite-size chapters that you can jump in and out of to better understand philanthropy.