March 25, 2013
by Bradley Center
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Is Philanthropy Killing Itself with Kindness?
Monday, March 25 - 12:00 to 1:30 p.m.
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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.
Hudson Institute's Bradley Center for Philanthropy and Civic Renewal aims to explore the usually unexamined intellectual assumptions underlying the grantmaking practices of America’s foundations and provide practical advice and guidance to grantmakers who seek to support smaller, grassroots institutions in the name of civic renewal.
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