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Tag: History

  • Video featured in: Bayes Business School

    Transformative Philanthropy

    Watch a recording of the launch event for Fozia Irfan’s “Transformative Philanthropy” report, including thoughts from WPM Director Rhodri Davies on the history of social justice philanthropy in the UK.

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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 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.

  • Article featured in: Philanthropy Daily

    Review of “What is Philanthropy For?”

    Rebecca Richards reviews Rhodri Davies’s book “What Is Philanthropy For?” for Philanthropy Daily, calling it “a remarkably useful guide to the significant number of thinkers, politicians, and donors and historical events that have made philanthropy what it is today.”

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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.

  • Podcast featured in: Transforming Society

    What should we do about tainted donations?

    In the second of this series of short podcasts to mark the launch of his book “What is Philanthropy For?”, Rhodri Davies joins series Editor George Miller to discuss whether some donations are ‘tainted’ , and what ethical dilemmas this poses for charities.

  • Podcast featured in: Transforming Society

    Is philanthropy charity’s more rational cousin?

    In the second of this series of short podcasts to mark the launch of his book “What is Philanthropy For?”, Rhodri Davies joins series Editor George Miller to discuss the distinction between charity and philanthropy, how big money giving fits in with democracy, and what Effective Altruism is (and why it has been in trouble lately).

  • Podcast featured in: Transforming Society

    What is philanthropy & why does it matter?

    In this podcast for Bristol University Press, Rhodri Davies talks to host George Miller about his new book “What is Philanthropy For?”

  • 20th Feb 2023

    Claire Dunning – Philanthropy, State & Society in the US

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    Lost in the Crowd: Philanthropy, Population Debates & The Shadow of Eugenics

    19th January 2023

    As debate grows over whether we should be more concerned about over-population or declining birth rates, we explore why philanthropy has such a problematic history when it comes to engaging with population issues, and what lessons this holds for modern-day donors and non-profits.

  • 3rd Nov 2022

    Philanthropy, Gratitude & Recognition

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    Politically Correct? Charities, Campaigning & Politics

    13th October 2022

    Why does the relationship between charities and politics in the UK continue to cause so much debate? What benefits does charity campaigning bring, and what risks does it pose? And are the rules governing this area fit for purpose, or do we need a radical rethink?

  • 22nd Sep 2022

    Emma Saunders-Hastings: Philanthropy, Inequality & Democracy

  • 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.