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Welcome to the Giving Thought Podcast, a bi-weekly exploration of trends in global philanthropy and civil society from the Charities Aid Foundation’s in-house think-tank, Giving Thought.

In each episode your host Rhodri Davies (formerly with co-host Adam Pickering) explores a big issue, theme or trend and analyses what it means for philanthropy and civil society around the world.

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Jul 17, 2018

In episode 30, Rhod chats to Fran Perrin- founder and Director of the Indigo Trust, founder of 360 Giving, former government policy advisor and member of the famously philanthropic Sainsbury family - about promoting transparency in philanthropy. Topics touched on include:

-Why transparency is valuable

-When transparency might not be such a good thing

-Are foundations and philanthropists resistant to transparency?

-How can technology help people and communities, and how can it cause harm?

-Does philanthropy take enough risks?

-How do you address the imbalance of power between donor and recipient?

-What policy changes are needed to boost the culture of philanthropy?

-The value of “meta-philanthropy” (i.e. philanthropy aimed at supporting more philanthropy)

-The role of upbringing in instilling a sense of philanthropic 'duty'