This week marked the inaugural seminar and launch of the Oxford Centre for the Study of Philanthropy at Green Templeton College, University of Oxford with a talk by Somerville College historian, Dr Frank Prochaska on British Philanthropy: Past and Present. The impact of philanthropy on public life and welfare – for good and ill – makes the study of philanthropy important and timely. I’m excited about working with academic colleagues and centres at Oxford and beyond to deepen understanding and critical thinking about this mercurial phenomenon. See more about the Centre’s work here. http://podcasts.ox.ac.uk/series/philanthropy
In May 2015, I spoke at the Swedish Philanthropy Summit in Stockholm about why philanthropy merits greater scholarly attention. A helpful summary of the issues discussed (including my talk) is listed here courtesy of the Swedish Entrepreneurship Forum, who hosted the gathering.
Below is a list of recent and forthcoming academic and public contributions on philanthropy and philanthropy-related subjects. I will endeavour to post reflections and highlights of some of the issues that arise from this work.
- Facilitator on ‘Donor-Grantee Relations’, and faculty at the Philanthropy ‘Summer Academy’, Erasmus University, Rotterdam (3 September 2015)
- Paper on ‘Philanthropy Education in Europe’ with Prof Cathy Pharoah (City University) and Dr Tobias Jung (St Andrews University), European Research Network on Philanthropy conference, ESSEC Business School, Paris ( 9-10 July 2015)
- Participation and presenter on Scariest Trends in Philanthropy Webinar with Inside Philanthropy Editor, David Callahan, Philanthropy New York, (20 May 2015)
- Paper on ‘Philanthropy Education in Europe’, Swedish Philanthropy Summit 2015, Swedish Entrepreneurship Forum (27 April 2015)
- Participation and presentation at seminar on Philanthropy in Higher Education, University of Kent (10 April 2015)
- Paper on Political Philosophy of Philanthropy for PG module Fundraising and Philanthropy, University of Kent (16 March 2015)
- Review of case studies on major foundations for Gayle Peterson, Said Business School, University of Oxford (24 February 2015)
- Participation in ‘Knowledge Exchange Workshop’ on Billionaires, Advanced Capitalism, Philanthropy and Democracy convened by Professor Zoltan Acs, LSE (20 February 2015)
At the end of last October, David Callahan, editor of the Inside Philanthropyblog, posted his list of five scary trends in US philanthropy. They ranged from philanthropy’s influence on on public policy to questions of power relations between donors and grantees. Alliance philanthropy magazine ran with this question asking whether these trends apply elsewhere. In the piece, I share some thoughts on what to expect in the UK http://www.alliancemagazine.org/article/should-we-be-afraid/
I’ve just published this piece in the London-based Jewish Quarterly. The piece reflects on my sabbatical experience teaching about philanthropy at Stanford University last year, makes some predictions about the development of philanthropy education in the UK and raises some of the ethical challenges facing Jewish philanthropy back home.
In this European Foundation Centre webinar, I discuss the future of teaching about philanthropy in Europe. Also speaking is Michiel de Wilde, Director of the Centre for Strategic Philanthropy (ECSP) at Erasmus University, Rotterdam.
Over the years, I’ve been privileged to write numerous pieces for Alliance Philanthropy magazine during my decade at the Pears Foundation and, more recently, whilst a Visiting Scholar at Stanford and Research Fellow at Cass Business School. Alliance have now very helpfully put all those writings (blogs, conference reports, letters and features) in one place. If only my own site was as well organised…