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The Historical Split Between Charity and Philanthropy November 4th Event

As many of you know, we are about to close the doors on the Bradley Center for Philanthropy and Civil Society, after 12 years of operation and 148 panel discussions on all aspects of philanthropy and the nonprofit sector, approaching them from a rich variety of disciplines and points of view. Nothing could be more appropriate for our final panel than to turn our attention to the proudest claim of the modern American foundation: namely, that it practices philanthropy – it solves problems at their source – as opposed to charity, which merely puts band-aids on problems.

We commissioned the first thoroughgoing historical monograph on this topic from Benjamin Soskis, a Fellow at George Mason’s Center for Nonprofit Management, Philanthropy and Policy. The Chronicle of Philanthropy just ran an op-ed he wrote, drawing from the monograph. To discuss this major addition to the scholarship on philanthropy and civil society, we assembled a distinguished panel, including Case Western Reserve Professor David Hammack, Patty Stonesifer, formerly of the Gates Foundation, and Scott Walter of the Capital Research Center. Hudson Institute Senior Fellow William Schambra moderated.

Required Reading:
Both More and No More: The Historical Split Between Charity and Philanthropy by Benjamin Soskis

Today’s Problems Call for Reviving Charity—and Eliminating the Need for It by Benjamin Soskis

David C. Hammack Panelist

Hiram C. Haydn Professor of History at Case Western Reserve University

Benjamin Soskis Panelist

Fellow at the Center for Nonprofit Management, Philanthropy, and Policy at George Mason University

Patty Stonesifer Panelist

President and Chief Executive of Martha’s Table

Scott Walter Panelist

Executive Vice President of the Capital Research Center

Hudson Experts

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