March 25, 2013, 12:00 - 1:30 PM - Hudson Institute, Washington, D.C. Headquarters
Is Philanthropy Killing Itself with Kindness?
Event Description“The culture of overweening politeness in American philanthropy is leading to our ruin,” maintains Albert Ruesga, president of the Greater New Orleans Foundation. “It keeps me from telling you, in the clearest possible terms, that your five-year, $2-million initiative to end homelessness is well-intentioned magical thinking at best and boneheaded ignorance at worst.”
“It’s hard to be a critic in this sector,” according to philanthropy consultant Cynthia Gibson. “We’ve been too nice to each other for too long,” adds Vignetta Charles of AIDS United.
Chronicle of Philanthropy reporter Caroline Preston elicited these reactions for her recent article posing the question, "Is Philanthropy Killing Itself with Kindness?”
We continued the conversation these four began with our panel discussion on March 25, which took its bearing from Preston’s article, and followed the question wherever it took us. Our distinguished panel included the author Caroline Preston; Albert Ruesga of the Greater New Orleans Foundation; Vignetta Charles of AIDS United; and philanthropic consultant Cynthia Gibson. Hudson Institute Senior Fellow William Schambra moderated the discussion.
Required ReadingCaroline Preston, "Some Nonprofit Leaders Ask: Is Philanthropy Killing Itself With Kindness?," Chronicle of Philanthropy, February 24, 2013.
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