What Is Philanthropy For? (Paperback)
Philanthropy, the use of private assets for public good, has been much criticized in recent years. Don't elite philanthropists wield too much power? Isn't big-money philanthropy unaccountable and therefore anti-democratic? And what about so-called "tainted donations" and "dark money" funding pseudo-philanthropic political projects? Rhodri Davies, drawing on his deep knowledge of the past and present landscape of philanthropy, examines these and other pressing questions that philanthropy must tackle if it is to be equal to the challenges of the 21st century.
Rhodri Davies is the founding Director of the think tank Philanthropy Matters, and a Pears Research Fellow at the Centre for Philanthropy, University of Kent. He is also the host of the Philanthropisms podcast. Until September 2021 he was Head of Policy at the Charities Aid Foundation (CAF), where he led Giving Thought, an in-house think tank focusing on philanthropy and civil society issues.